Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. Perhaps no one is more familiar with the concept right now than Florida Republican Matt Gaetz.
You see, the U.S. representative for Florida's First Congressional District spent the better part of the weekend at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit in Tampa, peddling the incredibly nuanced and levelheaded take that abortion rights activists are too fat and ugly to have sex or need access to reproductive health care.
“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,” he told the crowd of young conservatives, without even a touch of self-awareness. “I’m thinking, March? You look like you’ve got ankles weaker than the legal reasoning behind Roe v. Wade.” I wonder how long it took him to come up with that one.
In the spirit of addressing the next generation—which, considering the 40-year-old is under investigation over alleged sexual encounters with a 17-year-old and violating federal sex-trafficking laws, is unwise at best—Gaetz then decided to use his Twitter account and 1.4 million followers to target a 19-year-old abortion rights activist who slammed his Turning Point speech.
“Its come to my attention that Matt Gaetz—alleged pedophile—has said that it’s always the ‘odious.. 5’2 350 pound’ women that ‘nobody wants to impregnate’ who rally for abortion,” Texas activist Olivia Julianna tweeted. “I’m actually 5’11. 6’4 in heels. I wear them so the small men like you are reminded of your place.”
Of course, this prompted a mature and measured response from Gaetz. Just kidding. “Dander raised,” he tweeted alongside an image of Julianna, without referencing her tweet. Someone should probably tell him it's not 1937 and it's never a smart move to go after a member of Gen Z on social media.