Matt Gaetz says women who 'look like a thumb' don't need to worry about getting pregnant, video rant shows

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Matt Gaetz speaks at Turning Point USA summit
Rep. Matt Gaetz addresses attendees during the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit on July 23, 2022, in Tampa, Florida.Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Photo
  • Matt Gaetz viciously mocked abortion-rights advocates during a speech at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit.

  • Video shows him saying women who "look like a thumb" shouldn't be the ones to worry about getting abortions.

  • Feminist media outlet Jezebel called his comment "cartoonishly misogynistic."

Rep. Matt Gaetz mocked the physical appearances of women who are against the overturning of Roe V. Wade during a speech at a conservative conference in Florida on Saturday night.

Speaking to college students at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit in Tampa, Gaetz referred to abortion-rights advocates at rallies as "disgusting" and "odious on the inside and out."

Gaetz then said that ugly women shouldn't be the ones to worry about access to abortions.

He said: "Why is that the women with the least likelihood of getting pregnant are the ones most worried about having abortions?"

Gaetz continued to mock abortion-rights advocates, saying: "Nobody wants to impregnate you if you look like a thumb."

The Florida congressman sneered at women who are "5-foot-2 and 350 pounds" and marched in protests against the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe V. Wade — the 50-year-old case that federally legalized abortions.

He said: "I'm thinking, march? You look like you've got ankles weaker than the legal reasoning behind Roe V. Wade."

Gaetz continued: "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."

The speech was slammed by feminist media outlet Jezebel as "cartoonishly misogynist."

Jezebel noted that Gaetz, who the Justice Department is investigating over whether he violated federal sex trafficking laws with a 17-year-old girl in 2019, has previously ridiculed women protesting against the abortion ruling.

In May, Gaetz tweeted: "How many of the women rallying against overturning Roe are over-educated, under-loved millennials who sadly return from protests to a lonely microwave dinner with their cats, and no bumble matches?"

Insider reached out to Gaetz for comment on Sunday morning but did not immediately receive a response.

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