A fired-up Rep. Matt Gaetz on Thursday made no bones about his pro-life position during a speech at Turning Point USA’s conference earlier this week in Tampa.
The Florida Republican responded to a question about those who may be offended by his remarks regarding the physical appearance of some pro-abortion advocates, to which he said, “be offended.”
During his speech at the event, Gaetz called “pro-abortion, pro-murder” protesters at rallies “odious on the inside and out.”
“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,” Gaetz quipped, according to a video clip that has been viewed millions of times since Saturday.
“These people are odious on the inside and out,” Gaetz said Saturday. “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.”
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
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The Florida Republican was asked to clarify his remarks, which some took as controversial, on Monday after speaking at a nursing home in Pensacola.
“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,” he explained.
The U.S. Supreme Court overturned ‘Roe’ in June, sending the issue back to the states.
“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 is 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,” Gaetz noted further.
“You’re suggesting that these women at these abortion rallies are ugly and overweight?” asked an ABC reporter.
“Yes,” Gaetz responded without hesitation or apology.
“What do you say to people who think those comments are offensive?” the reporter asked.
“Be offended,” Gaetz shot back.
@RepMattGaetz doubled-down on his comments in our interview this morning.
Q: You're suggesting that these women at these abortion rallies are ugly and overweight?
— Olivia Iverson (@OliviaIversonTV) July 25, 2022