Florida Rep. Ted Yoho resigned from the board of a Christian nonprofit organization after he reportedly called Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a ‘f****** b****’ and ‘disgusting’ when she was out of ear shot.
Bread for the World, an organization aimed at world hunger and poverty, on Saturday announced the GOP congressman’s resignation in a statement that condemned his actions.
‘We believe that Rep. Ted Yoho’s recent actions and words as reported in the media are not reflective of the ethical standards expected of members of our Board of Directors,’ the organization wrote.
Bread for the World added that although it shared a joint commitment for ‘expanding opportunity for men, women, and children around the world’ with Yoho, they wanted to reaffirm their stance on equality.
‘Despite these areas of agreement, Bread sought his resignation as an action that reaffirms our commitment to coming alongside women and people of color, nationally and globally, as they continue to lead us to a more racially inclusive and equitable world.’ the organizations wrote.
Bread for the World first asked Yoho, 65, to resign from the board on Friday after public outrage over his alleged comments drew ire for being sexist.
Use of the slur was first reported on Monday by a reporter with The Hill, who claimed they overheard the exchange between Yoho and Ocasio-Cortez on the steps of the Capitol.
Yoho denied referring to Ocasio-Cortez, 30, with a sexist slur and argued that he actually said ‘bulls***.’
He apologized in a controversial floor speech that was criticized for being half-hearted to Ocasio-Cortez.
‘I cannot apologize for my passion or for loving my God, my family and my country.
In a statement released Wednesday, the Bread for the World admitted that it was ‘deeply concerned’ about his ‘verbal attack.’
‘Bread for the World is deeply concerned about Rep. Ted Yoho’s verbal attack on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and what we and others perceive to be his non-apology,’ the organization wrote.
‘Bread for the World is concerned that his behavior in the past few days does not reflect the values of respect and compassion that Jesus calls on us to exhibit every day.’
The reported incident began when the progressive lawmaker was ascending the stairs to cast her vote on the same day the House stood in a moment of silence to honor the late Rep. John Lewis after he died Friday months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
‘You are out of your freaking mind,’ Yoho told Ocasio-Cortez in the brief interaction.
The Florida Republican also called AOC, as she was dubbed early on in her political career, ‘disgusting’ for recent comments where she said the spike in New York City crime in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic are due to increased levels of poverty and unemployment.
Ocasio-Cortez detailed to Yahoo News Tuesday that the representative put his finger in her face.
Yoho insisted to the Daily Caller that he did not use the vernacular outlined by The Hill.
Instead, he said he used the word ‘bulls**t,’ and said Ocasio-Cortez is trying to use the brief exchange for her personal benefit.
‘He did not call Rep. Ocasio-Cortez what has been reported in The Hill or any name for that matter,’ Yoho’s office told the right-leaning media outlet. ‘It sounds better for the Hill newspaper and gets more media attention to say he called her a name – which he did not do.’
‘It is unfortunate that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is using this exchange to gain personal attention,’ his office added.
‘Instead,’ it insisted, ‘he made a brief comment to himself as he walked away summarizing what he believes her polices to be: bulls**t.’
‘He kept muttering insults at me as I was walking away, but I didn’t try to make it out,’ she explained. ‘I thought he had said something but didn’t assume that’s what he said.’
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer called the behavior ‘despicable’ and demanded Tuesday that Yoho make a personal amends as well as a speech on the House floor apologizing to Ocasio-Cortez.
‘Mr. Yoho owes not only the congresswoman an apology, but also an apology on the floor of the House of Representatives,’ Hoyer told reporters.
Yoho grinned through remarks on the House floor when he was called on to apologize.
Yoho said in his remarks: ‘I stand before you this morning to address the strife I injected into the already contentious Congress.’
Yoho said in prepared remarks after House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer called on him to apologize for his conduct from the House floor.
‘I rise to apologize for the abrupt manner of the conversation I had with my colleague from New York,’ the Florida Republican continued after House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer called on him Tuesday to apologize for his conduct from the House floor.
‘It is true we disagree on policies and visions for America, but that does not mean we should be disrespectful,’ he continued, dismissing the aggressive ordeal as a ‘misunderstanding.’
Ocasio-Cortez responded to Yoho and said ‘This is not an apology,’
Later, Ocasio-Cortez chastised Yoho in a scathing and emotional speech.
‘My parents did not raise me to accept abuse from men,’ Ocasio-Cortez asserted during her remarks, where she repeated the vulgar phrase used by the Florida rep during the exchange.
Yoho, a former veterinarian who is retiring from Congress this year, has three children, a son who is 30 and two daughters who are 32 and 33-years-old.
‘Mr. Yoho mentioned that he has a wife and two daughters. I’m two years younger than Yoho’s youngest daughter,’ Ocasio-Cortez said during her floor remarks. ‘I am someone’s daughter too.’
‘My father, thankfully, is not alive to see how Mr. Yoho treated his daughter,’ she said, appearing to get choked up. ‘My mother got to see Mr. Yoho’s disrespect on the floor of the House toward me on television.’
‘And I’m here because I have to show my parents that I’m their daughter,’ she said, adding they raised her not to take abuse.