The bombshell report that the Supreme Court already has a draft opinion teed up to overturn Roe v. Wade has triggered a firestorm of protests around the country, with people rallying to stand up for abortion rights in anticipation of the right-wing justices' ruling in June.
But Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has a derogatory theory about who is doing the protesting.
"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?" wrote Gaetz on Twitter Wednesday.
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?— Matt Gaetz (@Matt Gaetz) 1651659653
Gaetz's mockery of the pro-choice protesters immediately triggered an explosion of outrage on social media.
Many commenters made note of the tone in his criticism of the protesters; in fact, polls show that a broad cross-section of the American public doesn't want Roe overturned.
Still others noted that Gaetz himself is in little position to speak about women in their 30s as if they are elderly, when he himself is under federal investigation for allegedly sex trafficking a teenage girl.
I don\u2019t think we need this kind of misogyny in Congress. Since GOP leadership doesn\u2019t seem to care, it\u2019s up to voters to turnout in numbers so big they overcome efforts to suppress the vote.https://twitter.com/mattgaetz/status/1521797001175834625\u00a0\u2026— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene) 1651694852
Wait, so, if a congressman thinks I\u2019m dumb and hot enough to fuck, then can I get an abortion?https://twitter.com/mattgaetz/status/1521797001175834625\u00a0\u2026— Alena Smith (@Alena Smith) 1651705580
How many of the GOP extremists crowing about overturning Roe are overhyped, underhanded sex traffickers who are returned to custody from their sentencing hearing to a bland meal as the latest prison b*tch with hopefully no cage matches?https://twitter.com/mattgaetz/status/1521797001175834625\u00a0\u2026— George Takei (@George Takei) 1651691181
It's the 'over-educated' that's the tell herehttps://twitter.com/mattgaetz/status/1521797001175834625\u00a0\u2026— Jessica Mason Pieklo (@Jessica Mason Pieklo) 1651688792
Now, Matthew. We went to college together and had several classes together. I don\u2019t think it\u2019s wise for you to comment on anyone\u2019s intelligence. You know, the whole glass houses thing.https://twitter.com/mattgaetz/status/1521797001175834625\u00a0\u2026— Michele Rayner-Goolsby (@Michele Rayner-Goolsby) 1651688573
When they start claiming women are \u201cover-educated,\u201d that\u2019s when you know the misogyny is reaching increasingly dangerous levelshttps://twitter.com/mattgaetz/status/1521797001175834625\u00a0\u2026— Ahmed Baba (@Ahmed Baba) 1651684506
Matt! Senator Tina Smith here, wife, mom of two, grandma to two grandsons. So glad you brought this up! Our coalition of the pissed indeed includes many strong, smart, powerful millennial women\u2014women of all ages! \n\nOh and I look forward to following your federal investigation!https://twitter.com/mattgaetz/status/1521797001175834625\u00a0\u2026— Tina Smith (@Tina Smith) 1651682715
Republicans like Matt Gaetz are for government-mandated pregnancy, against education, and against cats.\n\nYou can help on campaigns to decide whether or not he is in the majority this November (assuming he isn\u2019t indicted by the DOJ who is investigating him for sex crimes).https://twitter.com/mattgaetz/status/1521797001175834625\u00a0\u2026— Ted Lieu (@Ted Lieu) 1651682641
This is revelatory. And let's just be clear: it's how most of his party view women: as nothing more than vessels for men's pleasure and procreation. Getting an education defeats the prime directive of being young, dumb, barefoot and pregnant. Now you see why this guy dates teens.https://twitter.com/mattgaetz/status/1521797001175834625\u00a0\u2026— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid \ud83d\ude37 (@Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid \ud83d\ude37) 1651682459
This is how the Republican Party views you women. I don\u2019t know what more you need to motivate you to get involved in midterms NOW and FIERCELY!!!— Amy Siskind \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08 (@Amy Siskind \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08) 1651668620
they should be living their best lives, underaged, coked up and passed around by guys pushing 40?— Josh Marshall (@Josh Marshall) 1651665521
Matt, why is it not surprising that in your brain, women in their 30s are somehow decrepit and barren?— Charlotte Clymer \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\u26a7\ufe0f\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Charlotte Clymer \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\u26a7\ufe0f\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1651676421
If they're over-educated, they might figure out how to accept their Venmo payments.— Angela Belcamino (@Angela Belcamino) 1651678881
Overeducated? You make it seem like education is a bad thing.— David Weissman (@David Weissman) 1651675138
Overeducated woman here:pic.twitter.com/8WXuKSiuue— Dr. Kathie Allen #IStandWithUkraine (@Dr. Kathie Allen #IStandWithUkraine) 1651678063
What EXACTLY does an over-educated Woman look like? Does she have the ability to detect a lecherous, pathetic, child sex trafficking creep easily?\n\nYou don't need a college education for that, Captain Venmo.— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!) 1651677552
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