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Abortion rights activist who was shamed by Matt Gaetz confronted him at SOTU’s address and thanked him for helping her raise $2m

Olivia Julianna, left, and Rep. Matt Gaetz, right, in a composite image.Getty Images

  • Activist Olivia Julianna confronted Matt Gaetz on Capitol Hill during the State of the Union address.

  • She said she thanked him for helping her raise $2 million for abortion rights.

  • Julianna and Gaetz argued on Twitter last year after shaming abortion rights activists.

An abortion rights activist who was body-shamed of Rep. Matt Gaetz says she confronted the congresswoman during Tuesday’s State of the Union address and thanked him for the helping to raise millions of dollars.

Olivia Julianna, a 20-year-old Houston-based activist for Gen Z for Change, was guest at by Democratic Representative Nanette D. Barragán of California.

While in the United States Capitol building, Julianna said she confronted Gaetz, the Republican lawmaker she credits with helping her raise millions for abortion funds, after he targeted her online.

“I just want everyone to know that I just shook hands with @mattgaetz and thanked him for helping me raise $2 million,” Julianna wrote on Twitter. “His response was to say ‘I heard you had trouble spending it. And quickly head back in the opposite direction. What a loser lol,” she added.

Julianna later said in a follow-up tweet, Gaetz had a “weak handshake.”

Last July, Gaetz mocked abortion rights activists in a speech at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit in Tampa, Florida. Gaetz shamefully mocked the activists who are “5-foot-2 and 350 pounds”, adding, “Nobody wants to impregnate you if you look like an inch.”

Juliana responded by saying: “I’m actually 5’11. 6’4 in heels. I wear them so little men like you remember your place.”

The exchange went viral, prompting Gaetz to share a photo of Julianna with his supporters.

Gaetz later doubled down on his commentstelling a reporter that women at pro-abortion rallies were ugly, while telling those who might find it offensive to “take offense.”

At the time, Julianna told Insider that their back and forth on Twitter helped mobilize people to donate to abortion funds.

She said she was so grateful for putting the “spotlight” on her fundraising efforts that she sent Gaetz a tongue-in-cheek thank you card.

Julianna told Insider in August that she used the spitting attention to raise more than $2 million for the Gen-Z for Choice Abortion Fund, which splits donations among 50 different abortion funds in the states. prohibiting abortion.

Gaetz is a strong opponent of abortion rights and has an A+ rating on the Susan B. Anthony List — a ranking of lawmakers by anti-abortion nonprofit Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America.

Gaetz did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Read the original article on Business Insider

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