Gaetz Sparks Backlash with “Under-loved” Women Remark
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is facing backlash from progressives over a remark he made about women who’ve participated in the protests against the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
“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?” Gaetz wrote on Twitter.
The Florida lawmaker’s tweet comes after Politico published a leaked draft opinion indicating that the Supreme Court has voted to overturn Roe. The report has sparked protests by pro-choice demonstrators.
Gaetz’s tweet quickly gained the attention of critics. Bill Kristol, the editor-at-large of The Bulwark, decried it as “witless and vulgar misogyny.”
“Republicans like Matt Gaetz are for government-mandated pregnancy, against education, and against cats. You can help on campaigns to decide whether or not he is in the majority this November (assuming he isn’t indicted by the DOJ who is investigating him for sex crimes),” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) tweeted.
“If you think this kind of language is just a gaffe, you’re wrong,” wrote Jessica Valenti, a self-described “feminist author.”
When asked for a comment, Gaetz told The Hill that his tweet “speaks for itself.”
“I obviously don’t regret it,” he said.