Rep. Yoho To AOC: "Out Of Your Freaking Mind"

Rep. Yoho To AOC: “Out Of Your Freaking Mind”

The two Representatives got into it outside the Capitol Building over AOC's recent comments on rising crime in NYC.


Finally, someone has said what everybody's thinking…

AOC IS CRAZY!

That's what Florida Republican Congressman, Ted Yoho, had to say to the SQUAD leader on the steps of the Capitol.

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From ABC:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said Tuesday that a House Republican aggressively confronted her outside of the U.S. Capitol on Monday in which he reportedly called her a “f—ing bitch.”

“I never spoke to Rep. Yoho before he decided to accost me on the steps of the nation’s Capitol yesterday. Believe it or not, I usually get along fine w/ my GOP colleagues. We know how to check our legislative sparring at the committee door,” she tweeted.

“But hey, 'b*tches' get stuff done,” added Ocasio-Cortez, who retweeted a report by The Hill newspaper about their exchange a day earlier.

According to The Hill, Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., approached Ocasio-Cortez as she was walking up the Capitol steps to cast a vote on the House floor and told her she was “disgusting” for recently suggesting that unemployment and poverty were leading to a rise in crime in New York City.

Joined by fellow Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, Yoho then walked down the steps and said, "f—ing bitch," The Hill reported.

In a statement to NBC News, a spokesman for Yoho denied using the slur.

"He did not call Rep. Ocasio-Cortez what has been reported in the Hill or any name for that matter," said the spokesman, Brian Kaveney, who added, "Instead, he made a brief comment to himself as he walked away summarizing what he believes her polices to be: bulls—."

The Hill provides more context about the confrontation:

At issue were comments Ocasio-Cortez made earlier in the month during a virtual town hall with the mothers of two Black men, Eric Garner and Ramarley Graham, who were killed in recent years by New York police officers.

During the event, Ocasio-Cortez was asked about gun violence in New York, which has spiked this summer as the nation's largest city — which was clobbered by the coronavirus — slowly reopens from a months-long lockdown.

Ocasio-Cortez, who represents parts of Queens and the Bronx, has long advocated for policies that cut police budgets and shift that funding to education, mental health and other social services. In her response, she stuck to that theme, suggesting the surge in crime stems from the economic hardship facing New York's poorest communities — and a failure of policymakers to fund programs aimed at leveling economic disparities.

“Crime is a problem of a diseased society, which neglects its marginalized people," she said during the July 9 event. "Policing is not the solution to crime.”

Ocasio-Cortez went on to propose that "economic desperation" caused by the coronavirus pandemic — combined with glitches in the delivery of federal stimulus checks and unemployment payments — has helped trigger the crime spike.

"Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren't paying their rent and are scared to pay their rent, and so they go out and they need to feed their child and they don't have money," she said. "So ... they're put in a position where they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry that night."

Conservatives pounced, accusing Ocasio-Cortez of propounding tortured rationales to excuse violent crime.

“There’s a big difference between shoplifting and cold-blooded murder, and for her not to know the difference is frankly astonishing,” former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) said last week on Fox News.

On Monday, Ocasio-Cortez defended her position, saying she made clear during the town hall that she was referring to "petty crime and crimes of poverty."

Conservative media, she said, has purposefully taken taken her comments out of context.

"I say, 'Listen, I'm not talking about violent crime, I'm not talking about shootings. But when it comes to petty theft, a lot of these are crimes of poverty, and people are desperate,'" she said. "So the right wing cuts up this clip, per usual, in a very misleading way. ... They basically [want] to make it seem as though I'm saying people are shooting each other because they're hungry."

Ocasio-Cortez acknowledged that her outspoken advocacy of liberal policies has made her an easy target of conservatives.

"Obviously, I'm no stranger to this," she said.

But the confrontation with Yoho was something new.

"In all these intense news cycles, I have never, ever been treated that way by another member before," she said. "I'm frankly quite taken aback."

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It must be noted that no one is taking AOC's "bread" comments about rising crime in New York City out of context. 

Rising crime was the topic after a spate of shooting deaths going on in the city, directly on the heels of defunding the NYPD and eliminating the plain clothes undercover unit. 

Her claim that people are committing more crimes so they can feed their children was completely preposterous and had nothing to do with the cold blooded murders going on in her city. 

AOC is out of her freaking mind, and I'm glad someone finally told her. 

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