By now, you may have seen the remarkable speech delivered by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez this morning, after she was called a “fucking bitch” by Republican (and Catholic) Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida:
She was responding specifically to Yoho’s pathetic “apology” in which he literally said he would not apologize for his “passion,” or, for some reason, for having religious faith.
I cannot apologize for my passion, or for loving my God, my family, and my country.
No one was ever asking for an apology for any of that. They were calling out his disrespect for a colleague, his crude under-the-breath dismissal of someone who has made a far greater impact on Congress in two years than he has in eight, and his inability to own up to his own bad behavior.
No one was persecuting him for his Roman Catholic faith. Not now. Not ever.
This isn’t the only time he’s brought up religion only to sound like a complete idiot. In 2015, Yoho said ISIS would prevail because its defenders loved their God while Americans were “taking God out of this country.” Besides his blatant lie — no one’s “taking” God out of anything — it’s absurd to think forced Christianity would help us prevail against a terrorist group.
Yoho has already said he’s not running for re-election. But his rhetoric is what we’ve come to expect from the Republican Party as a whole: They have no good ideas, so they demean everyone else, get in the way of progress, or create a bigger mess for the next administration to clean up.
His retirement can’t come soon enough.