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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls out violent language against women on House floor

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls out violent language against women on House floor

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s outrage over a Republican lawmaker’s verbal assault has broadened into an extraordinary moment on the House floor. Ocasio-Cortez and other Democrats took to the House floor Thursday to demand an end to a sexist culture of “accepting violence and violent language against women.”

They called out Florida GOP Rep. Ted Yoho, who had angrily confronted Ocasio-Cortez on the House steps this week and called her names.

Yoho expressed some contrition this week, but Ocasio-Cortez rejected it as insufficient.

Ocasio-Cortez and her colleagues cast the incident as all-too-common behavior by men, including President Donald Trump and other Republicans.

Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida is denying aiming a sexist slur at the freshman New York lawmaker. Ocasio-Cortez rejected Yoho’s remarks, saying he hadn’t mentioned her name or specified what he was apologizing for.

She also said what she heard was a vulgar slur. Yoho made his remarks on the House floor a day after Ocasio-Cortez said he’d angrily harangued her outside the Capitol over her linkage of joblessness and some recent crimes.

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