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

At least two Democratic congresswomen said Wednesday that Rep. Ted YohoTheodore (Ted) Scott YohoThe indomitable AOC Yoho resigns from board of Christian organization following confrontation with Ocasio-Cortez Democrats hope clash resonates with key bloc: Women MORE’s (R-Fla.) apology to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports Ethics Committee orders Tlaib to refund campaign ,800 for salary payments Hispanic Caucus asks for Department of Labor meeting on COVID in meatpacking plants 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 BassWhitmer met with Biden days before VP announcement: report Maxine Waters says Biden 'can't go home without a Black woman being VP' The Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election MORE (D-Calif.) said Wednesday on “The View.” 


Rep. Jennifer WextonJennifer Lynn WextonRepublicans face worsening outlook in battle for House Ocasio-Cortez rejects Yoho apology as disingenuous Democratic lawmakers launch 'Mean Girls'-inspired initiative to promote face masks 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.”


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. 


Asked by “The View’s” Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainJerry Falwell Jr. placed on indefinite leave Falwell Jr. apologizes for viral vacation photo: 'Just in good fun' Prominent conservatives question Jerry Falwell Jr. vacation photo 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 HoyerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Negotiators 'far apart' as talks yield little ahead of deadline On The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Overnight Health Care: Ohio governor tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Trump's visit | US shows signs of coronavirus peak, but difficult days lie ahead | Trump: COVID-19 vaccine may be ready 'right around' Election Day 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.