Ocasio-Cortez Delivers Powerful Statement On Sexism

Ocasio-Cortez Delivers Powerful Speech On Sexism

After receiving sexist remarks from Ted Yoho on the House steps on Monday, congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez publicly condemned ‘violent language against women’. Tara Pilkington reports.

In an encounter earlier this week, Ted Yoho berated Ocasio-Cortez on the House steps for saying that some of the increased crime during the coronavirus pandemic could be traced to rising unemployment and poverty.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s now-viral outrage over a Republican lawmaker’s verbal assault is the latest in her series of extraordinary moments on the House floor, as she and fellow Democrats condemned the sexist culture of “accepting violence and violent language against women”.

Following a confrontation on the capitol steps, Ocasio-Cortez and over a dozen colleagues called the incident as an example of the all-too-common behaviour by men. She said: “This issue is not about one incident. It is cultural,”

These remarks resulted in several female lawmakers saying how they had routinely encountered similar treatment. This news is particularly interesting as America is currently in the middle of an election year in which polls show women lean decisively against Trump, who has a history of mocking women.

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