AOC Went Where Few Female Politicians Go

And that signals 'a shift in our politics'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2020 9:39 AM CDT

(Newser) – "Having a daughter does not make a man decent. Having a wife does not make a decent man. Treating people with dignity and respect makes a decent man." That was just part of New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's response to Florida Rep. Ted Yoho's defense/apology on Wednesday following a Monday incident on the steps of the Capitol in which he called Ocasio-Cortez "disgusting" and, according to a reporter, a "f---ing b----." How her remarks are being received: "He'll be remembered as the doormat on which a rising young star wiped her shoes," as Francis Wilkinson puts it at Bloomberg. More reaction:

  • AOC's 10-minute speech "should be studied for its measured cadence, its artful construction, and its refusal of ugliness," writes David Remnick at the New Yorker. She was full of "righteous sincerity," in contrast to Yoho's "deflective, jittery performance," he adds. "The sporting equivalent might be Billie Jean King's measured yet unmistakable destruction of Bobby Riggs."

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