Congressman Matt Gaetz delivered an energetic speech at last week’s Turning Point USA event in Florida. Gaetz has come under criticism from the Left for describing pro-abortion activists as ugly.
Here is the portion of his speech drawing the ire of Leftists, but with the proper context to understand why he was discussing the appearance of individuals:
When he was specifically talking about abortion activists, he said:
“Have you watched these pro-abortion, pro-murder rallies? The people are just disgusting. Like, 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. These people are odious on the inside and out. They’re like 5’2, 350 pounds and they’re like, ‘Give me my abortions or I’ll get up and march and protest.’ And I’m thinking, ‘March? You look like you got ankles weaker than the legal reasoning behind Roe vs Wade.’ A few of them need to get up and march. 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.”
When the media asked Gaetz about his comments, here is what he 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. I don’t believe that every person who disagrees with my perspective on life is an ugly person. But the ones that are out there protesting and marching on Justice [Brett] Kavanaugh’s home, trying to threaten the court, trying to impose a ‘night of rage’ on our nation’s Capitol — which us what they advertised — that’s just pure ugliness. I see that ugliness on the inside, I see it on the outside. Even in the horrible circumstance where an abortion may happen, it is nothing to celebrate and it is nothing to cheer.”
The reporter followed by asking if Gaetz is suggesting women at abortion rallies are ugly and overweight.
“Yes,” he said.
“What do you say to people who think those comments are offensive,” the reporter asked.
“Be offended,” Gaetz quipped.