WASHINGTON — A Republican congressman is offering an apology for the “abrupt manner” he used in a verbal confrontation with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
But Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida, who represents the Gainesville area, 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.
.@RepTedYoho on confrontation with @RepAOC @AOC: "I rise to apologize for the abrupt manner of the conversation I had with my colleague from New York…The offensive name calling words attributed to me by the press were never spoken to my colleagues." pic.twitter.com/0Q1ZC71Vfh
— CSPAN (@cspan) July 22, 2020