Florida Congressman Ted Yoho made national headlines on July 21 when he was overheard calling Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a "f*cking b*tch" on the steps of the Capitol.
His sexist behavior has now resulted in his removal from the board of a Christian charity.
Yoho, who had only moments ago interrupted AOC's remarks about crime and poverty, told her she was "out of her freaking mind" before storming off and making the illicit remark.
When reporters everywhere noted the misogynist nature of Yoho's insult, he took to the House floor to make an "apology."
But, like many men who make public apologies for discriminatory behavior, Yoho failed to acknowledge his own shortcomings or take responsibility for the harm he'd done.
“I cannot apologize for my passion” — @RepTedYoho’s “apology” to AOC https://t.co/Bh30Phu8zp— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1595427086.0
AOC quickly responded online, calling out Yoho's remarks for their transparent attempts at media manipulation.
The irony about Yoho’s excuse for his “passion” in accosting me is that he says he has a personal history w/ povert… https://t.co/7EaE9oVuXk— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1595433655.0
- Does not apologize or name any action he did - Does not accept responsibility - Lies (this was not a “conversatio… https://t.co/vupdgPyRZd— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1595432997.0
On July 23, Ocasio-Cortez took the House floor to make her own speech calling out Yoho.
The speech immediately went viral and has garnered universal praise.
"I am here because I have to show my parents that I am their daughter and that they did not raise me to accept abuse from men. What Mr. Yoho did was give permission for men to use that language against his daughters."
"Having a daughter does not make a man decent. Having a wife does not make a decent man. Treating people with dignity and respect makes a decent man."
Here is my full response regarding Mr. Yoho and the culture of misogyny that inspired his actions. I am deeply app… https://t.co/YQQwMf7D2T— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1595522583.0
The public has sided overwhelmingly with AOC.
It was announced shortly after her speech that Ted Yoho had been asked to resign from the board of the Christian charity "Bread for the World."
Ted Yoho has been removed from his board position at “Bread For The World,” a Christian charity. They rightfully de… https://t.co/Hmc30NEILY— Ladywolf (@Ladywolf)1595797865.0
The charity issued a statement saying:
"We believe that Rep. Ted Yoho's recent actions and words as reported in the media are not reflective of the ethical standards expected of members of our Board of Directors."
"Bread sought his resignation as an action that reaffirms our commitment to coming alongside women and people of color, nationally and globally, as they continue to lead us to a more racially inclusive and equitable world."
“We believe that Rep. Ted Yoho's recent actions and words as reported in the media are not reflective of the ethica… https://t.co/bY9IJ5fq3h— Manu Raju (@Manu Raju)1595722215.0
Many online called for Yoho's resignation.
@cnnbrk He should resign from the House.— Matt (@Matt)1595722503.0
@kylegriffin1 I don't like AOC but Rep Yoho is a mysognist and out of line. He should be removed from Congress.— Adam E. Badenhorst (@Adam E. Badenhorst)1595768537.0
This has not been a good month for Floridian politicians.
@cnnbrk Florida politicians are really batting a thousand!— Robb Farrell (@Robb Farrell)1595722685.0
Good. He should be publicly shamed. Then do @GOPLeader for defending his behavior! https://t.co/HBdwziXLhw— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈)1595718583.0
Many praised "Bread for the World" for their high moral standards.
@kylegriffin1 It's nice to know that someone, somewhere, is paying attention and has ethical standards. If only pe… https://t.co/mBkueNrv0Y— Hope-filled (@Hope-filled)1595782747.0
I applaud @EugeneCho & @bread4theworld for this brave decision regarding Rep.Ted Yoho's demeaning comments.THIS is… https://t.co/OqapQoers7— Brenda Salter McNeil (@Brenda Salter McNeil)1595735350.0
Yoho's behavior wouldn't be acceptable in the real world, so it shouldn't be acceptable in Congress.
@kylegriffin1 What twitter did when I called him the same thing he call Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. https://t.co/uh6AZZ6S7W— 206Frosty (@206Frosty)1595770064.0
Perhaps someday Congress will be free from sexist language and misogyny.