Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., has been accused of directing his followers to virtually bully a teenage abortion rights activist whom he had allegedly body-shamed over the weekend.
Nineteen-year-old Olivia Julianna, from Houston, shared on Twitter the screenshot of a scathing text she received from an alleged Gaetz supporter. The message was laced with homophobia and “fatphobia,” and it further supported Gaetz’s derisive remarks about abortion activists.
“This is what happens when a sitting Republican congressmen body shames and blasts you on social media. Matt Gaetz intentionally directed his followers to harass a teenage girl. This is the Republican Party. These are their leaders,” Julianna wrote alongside the message.
She also “thanked” Gaetz for helping her raise money for the nonprofit Gen-Z for Change’s abortion fund.
“I’d like to give a special thanks to @mattgaetz for body shaming me to his audience. 2 hours ago I started fundraising for the @genzforchange abortion fund because of your comments, and so far we’ve raised $13K for abortion funds across the country.”
Gaetz criticized the physical appearance of pro-abortion activists when he spoke at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit on Saturday. “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 said.
Gaetz went into details next, saying, “They’re like 5’2″, 350 lbs., 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.”
“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 pumping, maybe mix in a salad,” Gaetz added.
When challenged on his statements, Gaetz stuck to his guns, much to the amusement of Twitter user Camryn Kinsey.
Update: She has since surpassed $775,000 in donations.