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“These people are odious from the inside 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 v. Wade,”he told an enthusiastic crowd.
Newsweek Newsletter sign-up“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 pumpin’, maybe mix in a salad,” the doctor concluded.
Gaetz’s tirade has triggered wide condemnation by the critics on social media.
Feminist news site Jezebel said that his remarks were “cartoonishly misogynist.”
Journalist Molly Jong Fast posted the video clip of Gaetz his remarks via Twitter and pointed at the words of the congressman as an example of misogyny being defined.
Newsweek subscription deals >The congressman has been the subject of a lot of criticism. his remarks brought up the scandal Gaetz has been caught up in since the beginning of last year since the New York Times reported that he was under investigation through The Justice Department for the alleged sexual trafficking that took place with a 17-year old girl.
The federal probe into Gaetz was said to have begun during the last months of Donald Trump’s administration due to an earlier investigation into an ally of the Florida congressman Joel Greenberg, who pleaded guilty to trafficking in sex.
One year later, police are trying to determine if Gaetz was involved in sexual affairs with a minor girl and paid them to accompany Gaetz across the country, which is regarded as the definition of sex trafficking under federal law.
A few details about the investigation have been released to date. Gaetz is not accused of any criminal offense.
The Washington Post reported that Gaetz would arrange dates with women to exchange for meals or hotel stays. This might be illegal if it was an obvious exchange of money in exchange for sexual the pleasure of sex. The paper also said that Greenberg sent a letter accusing Gaetz of making money to have sex with women.
The Daily Beast reported that Gaetz made a transfer of money up equal to $900 to Greenberg through Venmo with the message “hit up ___,” by using the nickname of the 17-year-old.
Gaetz has repeatedly denied the claim, stating his last experience he’d had sexual contact with a teenager was when the age was 17. Newsweek is reached out to Gaetz to inquire about his comments.
Gaetz criticisms via social media have brought the accusations being investigated by Gaetz in harsh criticisms of his comments in Tampa.
“Says the guy whose wingman Joel Greenberg is currently cooperating with the feds,” One person said, while commenting on the clip shared by Jong-Fast.
Others have referred to Gaetz the supposed Venmo payments.
Gaetz’s remarks were inflammatory when viewed in light of recent developments that have occurred in the U.S., where a 10-year-old victim of a rape was denied the option of abortion within her state, and then had go to another state in order to undergo the procedure.
Certain critics were also critical of Gaetz’s words echoing the same reasoning as Trump in his denial of a sexual assault allegations made in the writing of E. Jean Carroll, during interviewing The Hillhe said she was not “his type.”
“Matt Gaetz believes women who are pro-abortion aren’t attractive enough to require abortion rights. Trump says he couldn’t have raped his victims because they were not his kind. Republicans believe that the rape of children as young as 10 could be an “opportunity”.
“Ladies, they hate us because they fear us,” wrote one Twitter user in reply to Gaetz’s comment to the social media platform.