Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez puzzled how a Republican chastised Rep. Clay Higgins for his impolite therapy of a feminine witness throughout a local weather listening to Thursday.
AOC accused the Louisiana congressman and different GOPers on the Home Oversight Committee of disrespecting Raya Salter, a lawyer and clear power advocate, throughout her testimony on firms and local weather change.
Higgins and Salter bought right into a tense, and occasions, shouting trade. At one level, Higgins even known as Salter “boo” as he pushed her to reply his query.
“Frankly males who deal with ladies like that in public, I concern how they deal with them in non-public,” Ocasio-Cortez said as she pounded her fist on the dais. “We will be higher than this, we don’t must resort to yelling.”
Ocasio-Cortez, who reps Queens and the Bronx, later expressed remorse on behalf of the committee.
“I might hope that somebody would concern you an apology, however as a result of I don’t imagine (Higgins) will, I wish to apologize to you in regards to the conduct of this committee,” Ocasio-Cortez stated.
Higgins, who’s been in workplace since 2017, earlier asked Salter what she would do with all the fabric objects she has from petrochemical merchandise.
Salter then implored Higgins to “search your coronary heart and perceive why the EPA is aware of that poisonous petrochemical amenities are a number of the most poisonous polluting amenities on this planet and are killing black folks all through Louisiana.”
“My good woman, I’m making an attempt to provide the ground, boo,” Higgins advised Salter, who can also be a legislation professor and member of the New York State Local weather Motion Council.
The 2 raised their voices at one another throughout the hearing that centered on the oil and gasoline firms’ contribution to local weather change.
Salter once more inspired Higgins to go looking his coronary heart and “ask your God what you’re doing to the black and poor folks in Louisiana.”
He additionally known as Salter “younger woman” and advised her she has “plenty of noise, however you bought no solutions.”
Ocasio-Cortez stated Higgins’ habits is one thing she hadn’t beforehand seen since she started on the Home Oversight committee 4 years in the past.
“I don’t care what occasion they’re in,” AOC stated. “I’ve by no means seen something like that.”