Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Republican who is currently under federal investigation for allegedly trafficking a 17-year-old girl for sex, has come under fire on social media for remarks he made to a group of college students on Saturday that were fatphobic and misogynistic toward pro-abortion activists and called them “disgusting.”
Have you seen these pro-abortion, pro-murder rallies? the Florida congressman asked the young people gathered at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit in Tampa, Florida. “Simply put, the population is abhorrent.
Why are the women most worried about having abortions the ones who have the lowest probability of getting pregnant? If you look like a thumb, nobody wants to conceive with you “Gaetz intervened.
“These individuals are repulsive on the inside and out. They are around 5 feet 2 inches tall and weigh 350 pounds. They say, “Give me my abortions or I’ll stand up and march and protest.” I’m also considering March. Your ankles appear to be weaker than the legal foundation for Roe v. Wade “He said to the crowd’s applause.
“A couple of them must stand up and march; they must do it every day for about an hour. Swing your arms, get the circulation flowing, and perhaps toss in a salad “Finally, he said.
His remarks were described as “cartoonishly misogynist” by the feminist news outlet Jezebel. An excerpt of Gaetz’ speech was posted on Twitter by journalist Molly Jong-Fast, who cited the congressman’s remarks as an example of misogyny.
Many of those who criticised the congressman and his remarks brought up the scandal that Gaetz has been embroiled in since The New York Times first reported that the Justice Department was looking into him for the alleged sex trafficking of a 17-year-old girl.
A prior probe into Joel Greenberg, a political buddy of the Florida congressman who pled guilty to sex trafficking, apparently led to the opening of the FBI inquiry into Gaetz in the closing months of Donald Trump’s administration.
Investigators are still looking into whether Gaetz had sex with an underage girl and paid for her to travel between states with him, which would be considered sex trafficking in accordance with federal law, more than a year after the incident.
Only a small number of investigation-related specifics have so far leaked. Gaetz is not facing any criminal charges. According to The Washington Post, Gaetz used to arrange dates with women in exchange for dinner or hotel stays, which might be against the law if there was a clear financial exchange for sex.
The tabloid also said that Greenberg accused Gaetz in writing of having paid for sex with women. According to The Daily Beast, Gaetz used Venmo to send Greenberg the equivalent of $900 while using the slang term “hit up _” to refer to the 17-year-old.
Gaetz, who originally asserted that the last time he had sex with a 17-year-old was when he was 17 years old, has consistently refuted the allegations. Gaetz has been contacted by Newsweek for comment.
In harsh responses to Gaetz’s remarks in Tampa, his detractors on social media brought up the accusations that are under investigation against the lawmaker.
One remarked on the video uploaded by Jong-Fast, “Says the guy whose wingman Joel Greenberg is currently working with the feds. Others brought up Gaetz’ allegedly received Venmo money.
Gaetz’s remarks were offensive in light of recent events in the US, when a 10-year-old rape victim was forced to go to another state for an abortion after being denied one in her own.
Some detractors also pointed out how Gaetz’s arguments mirrored those used by Trump to reject the novelist E. Jean Carroll’s claim of sexual assault when he told The Hill that she wasn’t “his type.”
Matt Gaetz believes that women who favour abortion rights are too unattractive to require them. Trump claims that because his victims weren’t his type, he couldn’t have raped them. Republicans think it’s “opportunistic” to rape a 10-year-old. In reaction to Gaetz’s statement on Twitter, a commenter responded, “Ladies, they hate us because they fear us.”