Rep. Matt Gaetz was swiftly condemned online after he suggested women protesting against Roe v Wade’s potential SCOTUS revocation were “over-educated, under-loved millennials” with “no bumble matches.”
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 (@mattgaetz) May 4, 2022
Many Twitter users pointed out the misogyny in Gaetz’s tweet, while others mocked him for turning away younger voters.
“Just when you thought he couldn’t be more of a pathetic despicable loser… he says this,” one person wrote. “He is a menace to a functioning democratic society. And what a fool. He just got every millennial to vote against Republicans. Buh bye.. loser.”
“The very concept that a woman can be ‘over-educated’ tells me all I need to know about this,” wrote another. “And the idea that the only women who want rights must be unattractive and frigid is the oldest misogynistic trope in the book. This is a sitting member of Congress.”
Others referenced the ongoing Justice Department investigation involving Gaetz, who denies claims he paid for sex with a 17-year-old.
“Wow. That’s not at all sexist or misogynistic. Hard to believe you’d have to pay for sex,” wrote another Twitter user.
Here’s what other folks are saying:
A rare use of the “my opponents are very intelligent” line of attack
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) May 4, 2022
In a single tweet, you laid out exactly how you feel about women. You are a disgusting piece of human garbage who should never be in a position of power.
— Jack Wallen (@jlwallen) May 4, 2022
Last I checked, cats don’t Venmo $500 to underage girls for “ice cream.” 😏
— That Weimar Republic vibe (@jimbotex) May 4, 2022
Calling women “over-educated” for caring about their basic freedoms is a pretty concise way to expose how anti-women, anti-education, and anti-freedom the Republican Party really is.
— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC) May 4, 2022
This is how the Republican Party views you women. I don’t know what more you need to motivate you to get involved in midterms NOW and FIERCELY!!!
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) May 4, 2022