One of the most conservative members of the Florida delegation and one of the most liberal members of Congress clashed in a heated exchange on Capitol Hill this week.
The Hill reported that, on Monday, U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., approached U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY.
“In a brief but heated exchange, which was overheard by a reporter, Yoho told Ocasio-Cortez she was ‘disgusting’ for recently suggesting that poverty and unemployment are driving a spike in crime in New York City during the coronavirus pandemic,” The Hill reported. “‘You are out of your freaking mind,’ Yoho told her. Ocasio-Cortez shot back, telling Yoho he was being ‘rude.’ The two then parted ways.”
The Hill reported that, after Ocasio-Cortez left, Yoho said, “F—ing bitch.”
“Ocasio-Cortez, a liberal firebrand and social media sensation, is no stranger to attacks from the right. But shortly after the exchange, she said it was the first time since she arrived in Congress that another lawmaker has challenged her so aggressively,” The Hill reported.
“That kind of confrontation hasn’t ever happened to me — ever,” Ocasio-Cortez told The Hill. “I’ve never had that kind of abrupt, disgusting kind of disrespect levied at me.
“Approached a few hours later, Yoho declined to discuss any aspect of the exchange. ‘No comment,’ he said,” The Hill added.
After four terms in Congress, Yoho is not running for reelection this year, fulfilling a campaign promise he made in 2012.