Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) was forced to stop doing charity work after saying he was sorry for calling a democratic socialist from New York, a difficult person.
Yoho continues to face backlash for showing his “disgust” of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s theory that poverty and unemployment caused crime to jump in New York City during the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus pandemic.
Bread for the World’s board has demanded Yoho’s resignation because of the incident.
“Bread for the World is deeply concerned about Rep. Ted Yoho’s verbal attack on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and what we and others perceive to be his non-apology,” the organization said in a statement. “Bread for the World is concerned that his behavior in the past few days does not reflect the values of respect and compassion that Jesus calls on us to exhibit every day and we expect from our board members.”
After a quick meeting with Yoho the charity confirmed the congressman would no longer be a member of the Bread for the World board.
“Bread for the World met with Rep. Yoho on Friday and he has resigned from the board of Bread,” the organization said in a statement. “During that conversation, we reaffirmed our joint commitment to expanding opportunity for men, women, and children around the world and … Bread sought his resignation as an action that reaffirms our commitment to coming alongside women and people of color, nationally and globally, as they continue to lead us to a more racially inclusive and equitable world.”
The charity then claimed Yoho had acted contrary to the organization’s mission.
“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 said.
Ocasio-Cortez previously pressured Yoho into apologizing because he allegedly swore at her. However, Yoho revealed he never actually uttered the expletives and was still made to show remorse and resign from Bread for the World for a verbal attack that never happened.
“The offensive name-calling words attributed to me by the press were never spoken to my colleagues,” he said in a video shared on Twitter. “If they were construed that way, I apologize for their misunderstanding.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s address to Congress added further doubt about whether the heated exchange happened because she did not feel offended in retrospect.
“I want to be clear that Rep. Yoho’s comments were not deeply hurtful or piercing to me,” she said in a video shared on Twitter. “This kind of language is not new, I do not need Rep. Yoho to apologize to me … I will not stay up late at night waiting for an apology from a man who has no remorse over calling women and using abusive language towards women.”
The organization dismissed any suggestion party politics had anything to do with the decision, and maintains it is an independent and nonpartisan “collective Christian voice” for lobbying Congress and the Trump administration to help end hunger domestically and internationally.
“As a bipartisan Christian organization committed to alleviating hunger and poverty through sound public policies, Bread for the World upholds the values of respect, dignity, and compassion that Jesus calls us to when engaging decision makers from across the political spectrum,” Bread for the World said.