By now, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's speech to the US Congress may already have impacted you. If not, please do yourself a favor and type “AOC” on YouTube - the three letters by which the Congresswoman is known. Her speech on July 23rd, 2020, was a response to her colleague's statements and became an instant classic and went viral for her direct indictment of a culture of misogyny and harassment of women in the workplace.
A brief context about the series of events that put Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the center of the discussion: AOC is a well-known public figure. She became the youngest woman to be elected to the US Congress in 2018 at the age of 28. She already stood out as a candidate for the political heir to Obama's legacy, as she was a Latin woman (of Puerto Rican origin), young and from the working class, but has a much more progressive agenda than the former President.
Because of her political agenda, she was targeted by Ted Yoho, the hitherto semi-unknown Republican. He approached her on the Capitol stairs, where Congress meetings take place, to call her "disgusting, crazy and dangerous". Moments later, when she reappeared, he continued insulting her. "Fucking bitch” was what the nearby journalists heard the congress veteran say. Faced with the negative repercussions, Yoho made a classic non-apology in the Chamber: "Sorry for the misunderstanding", "I have a wife and daughters", "I love my country and I love my God" was part of the faltering speech of the Republican.