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Democratic congresswomen: Yoho's apology to Ocasio-Cortez not 'enough'

At least two Democratic congresswomen said Wednesday that Rep. Ted YohoTheodore (Ted) Scott YohoHere are the 17 GOP women newly elected to the House this year Ocasio-Cortez after Yoho confrontation: 'I won't be so nice next time' Overnight Defense: US, India to share satellite data | Allegations of racism at Virginia Military Institute | Navy IDs 2 killed in Alabama plane crash MORE’s (R-Fla.) apology to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTrump will soon be out of office — but polarization isn't going anywhere Trump tweets Thanksgiving criticism of NFL QBs for kneeling Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year MORE (D-N.Y.) was not strong enough of a gesture after the congressman accosted the New York Democrat in an exchange on the steps of the Capitol on Monday. 

“I know that Yoho apologized today. We don't think that’s enough. We’re not finished,” Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience Five House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet Pressure grows on California governor to name Harris replacement MORE (D-Calif.) said Wednesday on “The View.” 

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Rep. Jennifer WextonJennifer Lynn WextonVirginia voter registration website back up after outage on last day to register House advances bill aimed at imports tied to Uighur forced labor This week: Supreme Court fight over Ginsburg's seat upends Congress's agenda MORE (D-Va.) similarly said Wednesday that the congressman’s comments should not be accepted as an apology. 

“Rep. Yoho’s actions were unprofessional, misogynistic, and bullying. This was not an apology and no one should accept it as one,” Wexton tweeted. “My colleague needs to take responsibility for his actions—this isn’t it.”

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In exchange reported by The Hill on Tuesday, Yoho called the first-term Democrat "disgusting" for suggesting that the recent uptick in crime in New York during the pandemic was due to unemployment and poverty. 

"You're out of your freaking mind," he told her. 

After Ocasio-Cortez told him that he was "rude," Yoho muttered "fucking bitch" as he walked away from her. Yoho apologized during his comments on the House floor Wednesday morning. 

In his floor comments, Yoho did not acknowledge using the sexist slur he made as he walked away from Ocasio-Cortez.

Ocasio-Cortez said Wednesday she also does not accept Yoho’s apology made on the House floor. 

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Asked by “The View’s” Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainMeghan McCain shares meme of her father after networks call Arizona for Biden Cindy, Meghan McCain celebrate Biden win Frank Luntz: Polling profession 'done' after election misses: 'Devastating to my industry' MORE why “men still think they have agency to to say such things about women,” Bass said she thinks they “still struggle with who we are and our positions.” 

“And she's so high-profile,” Bass added, referring to Ocasio-Cortez. 

“I will tell you, the second that that happened, I searched her out. I went and talked to her. Immediately all the women gathered around her, and we demanded that there be an apology,” Bass said, adding that “a number of the men” did the same. 

House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerDemocrats face increasing pressure to back smaller COVID-19 stimulus Hoyer on Trump election challenges: 'I think this borders on treason' Capitol's COVID-19 spike could be bad Thanksgiving preview MORE (Md.) was one Democratic congressman who urged Yoho to apologize. Unlike Bass and Wexton, though, Hoyer said he appreciated Yoho’s apology. 

Hoyer appeared on the House floor after Yoho and said he deemed the gesture “appropriate” and predicted that Ocasio-Cortez “appreciates that apology.” Shortly after, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted otherwise.