Courtesy of WaPo:
In her Thursday speech, Ocasio-Cortez said she’d planned to ignore the insult — that being a woman had required a lifetime of ignoring such insults — but changed her mind after Yoho himself brought up the matter in his own speech in the House. “Having been married for 45 years with two daughters, I’m very cognizant of language,” Yoho had said, insisting that he’d been misheard and hadn’t used the pejorative phrase that a reporter from The Hill heard him say. While Yoho apologized for the “misunderstanding,” he said, “I cannot apologize for my passion or for loving my God, my family and my country.”
It is not clear how or why loving one’s God and country would require a member of Congress to have a public meltdown on Capitol grounds, but it was the first part of Yoho’s fauxpology that bothered Ocasio-Cortez — the implication that Yoho could not or would not behave misogynistically because, after all, he had a wife and daughters.
“I am someone’s daughter, too,” she said. “Thankfully, my father is not alive to see how Mr. Yoho treated his daughter. My mother got to see Mr. Yoho’s disrespect of me on the floor of this House, on television. I am here because I have to show my parents that I am their daughter, and they did not raise me to accept abuse from men.”
She continued, “This harm that Mr. Yoho tried to levy at me was not just directed at me. When you do that to any woman, what Mr. Yoho did was give permission to other men to do that to his daughters. . . . I am here to say, that is not acceptable.”
I referenced this speech in an earlier post but I have to admit that I had not yet listened to the entire thing.
After seeing quite a bit of buzz about it online I decided that I needed to free up some time to really listen to what she had to say.
If you do the same you will understand why people are still talking about it, and calling it one of the most important speeches by a member of Congress in recent memory.
It also helps to understand why the Right Wing fears this young woman so intensely.
It is not that she is young.
It is not that she is Hispanic.
And it is not that she is a woman.
It is that she is all three of those things and also in possession of a powerful intellect and the ability to energize and empower people through her words and her passion.
And do you know what? They should be afraid.