'Nobody wants to impregnate you': Matt Gaetz calls pro-abortion protesters 'FAT AND UGLY'
During a speech at a conservative conference in Florida on Saturday, July 23, 2022, Rep Matt Gaetz made fun of the physical features of women who are opposing the overturning of Roe v Wade. Gaetz described women at demonstrations as "disgusting" and "odious on the inside and out" while addressing college students at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit in Tampa. The congressman then argued that ugly women shouldn't be the ones who should be worried about access to abortions.
Gaetz said, "Why is that the women with the least likelihood of getting pregnant are the ones most worried about having abortions?" Gaetz continued to make fun of pro-choice women, saying, "Nobody wants to impregnate you if you look like a thumb." The Florida congressman also mocked women who are ‘5-foot-2 and 350 pounds’ for participating in demonstrations against the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v Wade, the landmark decision that legalized abortion on demand nationwide 50 years ago.
"I'm thinking, march? You look like you've got ankles weaker than the legal reasoning behind Roe v Wade. They need to get up and march for like an hour a day, swing those arms, get the blood pumping, maybe mix in a salad," he said. On Monday, July 25, in an interview with Channel 3, Gaetz was asked to explain his comments where the 40-year-old said, “I'm very pro-life and I make no apology for it. I'm grateful that Roe has been overturned and that Dobbs is now the jurisprudence on abortion. I find these people that go out in these pro-abortion, pro-murder rallies odious - and just, like, ugly on the inside and out. I make no apology for it.”
Gaetz: "Why is it that the women with the least likelihood of getting pregnant are the ones most worried about having abortions? Nobody wants to impregnate you if you look like a thumb." pic.twitter.com/0qqvun3Pf8— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 23, 2022
According to the Daily Mail, Gaetz claimed that not all of his opponents were ugly people, but he denounced those who demonstrated in front of the Supreme Court justices' residences and urged for a "night of rage" in Washington, DC. Gaetz was asked by Channel 3, “Is it safe to say that, based on your comments, you're suggesting that these women at these abortion rallies are ugly and overweight?” to which he replied, “Yes.” Then he was asked, “What do you say to people who think those comments are offensive?” to which the congressman replied, “Be offended.”
How many of the women rallying against overturning Roe are over-educated, under-loved millennials who sadly return from protests to a lonely microwave dinner with their cats, and no bumble matches?— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) May 4, 2022
Feminist media outlet Jezebel attacked Gaetz's speech, calling it "cartoonishly misogynist".Gaetz, who the Justice Department is looking into over allegations that he broke federal sex trafficking rules with a 17-year-old girl in 2019, was mentioned by Jezebel as having mocked women who were protesting the abortion decision in the past.
Today on @TheView Whoopi Goldberg strongly disagreed with my assessment that people who rally at these Pro-Abortion, Pro-Murder events are disgusting and need to work in a salad. pic.twitter.com/Q0qnTxQf8H— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) July 25, 2022
According to a report by the New York Times, Gaetz, a long-time ally of former US President Donald Trump, paid a 17-year-old girl to have sex and travel with him. Soon after the SCOTUS decision was leaked in May, he tweeted, "How many of the women rallying against overturning Roe are over-educated, under-loved millennials who sadly return from protests to a lonely microwave dinner with their cats, and no bumble matches?"