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

At least two Democratic congresswomen said Wednesday that Rep. Ted YohoTheodore (Ted) Scott YohoOcasio-Cortez: 'No consequences' in GOP for violence, racism 7 surprise moments from a tumultuous year in politics Why AOC should be next to lead the DNC MORE’s (R-Fla.) apology to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezNew York City's suicide mission should alarm the entire nation Marjorie Taylor Greene rakes in over .2M in first quarter The strategy Biden needs to pass his infrastructure plan 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 Bass10 Democrats join NAACP lawsuit against Trump Lobbying world Six women who could be California's next senator MORE (D-Calif.) said Wednesday on “The View.” 


Rep. Jennifer WextonJennifer Lynn WextonTrump the X-factor in Virginia governor race Xinjiang forced labor complex is growing — President Biden should work with Congress to curb it Acting chief acknowledges police were unprepared for mob 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 McCainKinzinger is first GOP lawmaker to call on Gaetz to resign Meghan McCain calls on Gaetz to resign Meghan McCain criticizes Biden for lack of action on Russia, Navalny 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 HoyerHouse to vote on DC statehood, gender pay gap Moderate Democrats warn leaders against meddling in Iowa race Democrats vow to go 'bold' — with or without GOP 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.