Alabama State Representative John Rogers is facing backlash from both parties this Friday after comments he made about Donald Trump Jr., saying that his mother should have aborted him.
Adding to the controversy, Rogers also said Trump Jr. is “evidently retarded.”
Speaking on the floor of the Alabama House his Tuesday, Rogers argued against a bill that earlier passed the state House that seeks to criminalize almost all abortion, HuffPost reports.
“Some kids are unwanted, so you kill them now or you kill them later,” Rogers said. “You bring them in the world unwanted, unloved, then you send them to the electric chair. So, you kill them now or kill them later.”
When Trump Jr. caught wind of his comments this Wednesday, he tweeted that the Alabama Rep’s words were “truly sickening.”
“This is stomach curling and makes Ralph Northam look like a moderate on abortion,” Trump Jr. tweeted, referring to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, whose comments about abortion this February sparked an uproar among conservatives. “Every Democrat running for President needs to be asked where they stand on this. The extreme turn we’ve seen from Dems on abortion recently is truly sickening.”
Not one to back down, Rogers fired back at the President’s son during an interview with a local NBC affiliate.
“That proves I’m right to make a scene about abortion. Him being born, that’s proof right there,” he said. “Him being born, that’s a very, very good defense I have for abortion,” adding that Trump Jr’s mother, Ivana Trump, “should have aborted him when he was born and he wouldn’t have made that stupid statement, right?”
“He’s evidently retarded. … I know there’s something wrong with that boy,” Rogers said.
"He's evidently retarded or crazy."
— WVTM 13 (@WVTM13) May 2, 2019
As HuffPost points out, Rogers’ comments were met with swift condemnation from both Democrats and Republicans, one of whom was Alabama Democratic Senator Doug Jones.
“He does not speak for the people of Alabama and is in fact offending all Alabamians with his crude and reprehensible comments,” Jones tweeted.
Rogers later defended his initial remarks about abortion, saying that they were inspired by poverty in his state.
“We’ve closed 13 rural hospitals in this state. Including Cooper Green. We have put hundreds of people in jail. Making it hard for you to get food stamps. In other words, if you’re on drug tests, you can’t get food stamps,” he told AL.com. “And then you’ve got at least two people a night dying in our Alabama prisons. It just doesn’t make sense. So why do you want to bring these people in the world and then deny them the right to process and live in Alabama?”
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