One week after confrontation with Yoho, AOC emerges as a historic leader
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning speech on the House floor has been regarded as one of the most important speeches in a generation.
No Latina politician has ever disrupted politics on an international scale in the way that Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC) has.
Not only that, AOC has emerged as a historic figure of our time.
AOC dismantled Rep. Yoho’s “apology,” for calling her a “fucking bitch,” out of her “freaking mind,” and “disgusting,” in a perfectly delivered, eloquent speech regarding its roots in misogynistic culture and gaslighting tactics.
“This issue is not about one incident. It is cultural,” AOC said, calling it a culture, “of accepting a violence and violent language against women, an entire structure of power that supports that.”
Here is my full response regarding Mr. Yoho and the culture of misogyny that inspired his actions.
I am deeply appreciative of my colleagues and everyone speaking up and out against the rampant mistreatment of women both in Congress and across the country. https://t.co/nFfxy5UdmP
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 23, 2020
For days following her 10-minute long speech on the House floor, it was touted as a “comeback for the ages” and “the most important Feminist Speech in a Generation.”
But the international headlines are a sign of her overwhelming influence as a freshman member of Congress — even over longtime, established lawmakers.
Rep. Yoho is the one who set the events of last week in motion, but in the end, he is the one who ended up at the bottom.
Yoho resigned from the board of a Christian organization that works to fight hunger, Bread for the World.
“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 in a statement.
Many were quick to point-out Yoho’s invocation of God in his “apology” to AOC, yet he ended up booted from the Christian organization. On July 27, the National Catholic Reporter denounced his dehumanization of AOC, writing, “as a young Latina, Ocasio-Cortez represents the demographic future of the Catholic Church.”
Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi perhaps does not have as much influence as AOC.
“The’s on the cover of Time Magazine. She is arguably, at this point, more powerful than Nancy Pelosi. She’s beloved and protected by her coalition because of all that she represents. She’s hugely powerful” said Meghan McCain, American columnist and daughter of former U.S. Senator John McCain last week on The View.
“She’s one of the most powerful women in America hands-down, easily. And so no one is ‘otherizing’ her because they’re afraid of her, they're ‘otherizing’ her because she just is that powerful,” McCain continued.
Perhaps it was a speech of a lifetime, but the first-term New York representative has already gone beyond to demonstrate her talents as a writer, public speaker and activist.
Some may attribute AOC’s influence to her social media power, but as McCain said, there is no denying her remarkable influence. And if anything, AOC’s natural ability to connect to young voters through social media, authentically, is a powerful tool now more than ever.
With 7.8 million Twitter followers, she has the most of any member of the House — by millions, and is about 600,000 followers above Presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden.
Yes this speech was one for the ages, but it is the international visibility AOC is bringing to the progressive Democratic party — and Latina politicians that is the true disrupting factor that has emerged out of last week’s events.