When asked what he would say to those who are offended by his comments regarding the physical appearances of certain female abortion advocates, Florida congressman Matt Gaetz (R) simply responded with "be offended."
Speaking at Turning Point USA's Student Action Summit 2022, 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 asked in a video clip that has been viewed more than 7 million times since Saturday.
Gaetz was asked to clarify his controversial comments 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. 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," Gaetz stated.
"You're suggesting that these women at these abortion rallies are ugly and overweight?" asked an ABC reporter.
"Yes," Gaetz answered unapologetically.
"What do you say to people who think those comments are offensive?" the reporter asked.
"Be offended," Gaetz shot back.
On "The News & Why It Matters" Tuesday, BlazeTV host Sara Gonzales, along with guests John Doyle and Tayler Hansen, discussed the pro-life congressman's controversial comments and asked: Do we need more of this from our political leaders?
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