Houston Gen Z Activist Olivia Julianna Raises $200,000 Over Matt Gaetz Insult

A teenage Democratic Houston activist took advantage of a Twitter slur from Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz by ordering his supporters to donate to an abortion rights fundraiser that raised more than $214,000 in just a short time. more than 24 hours.

“Although your intentions were hateful, your public shaming of my appearance only benefited me,” tweeted Olivia Olivia, 19, a political strategist and founding member of the nonprofit Gen Z. For Change. “Your hateful comments towards me will literally help pay for abortion services. Mdr. Get rekt.

Olivia, who goes by her first and middle names on social media for safety reasons, was among a handful of abortion rights activists who sabotaged a website encouraging people to report violations anonymously. of the state’s six-week abortion ban when it went into effect in September 2021.

The row between the two began after Gaetz targeted abortion rights activists at a rally last weekend in Tampa, shaming them and saying their looks made them less likely to get pregnant.

“Nobody wants to impregnate you if you look like a thumb,” he said.

Gaetz continued, “These people are hateful inside and out. They’re about 5-foot-2 and 350 pounds, and they say, “Give me my abortions or I’ll stand up and march and protest,” and I think, “March? Looks like your ankles are weaker than the legal reasoning behind Roe vs. Wade. A few of them have to get up and walk. They have to get up and walk about an hour a day, swing those arms, get the blood pumping, maybe toss in a salad.

Olivia joked that she’s ‘5’11. 6’4 in heels” and “I wear them so little men like you remember your place,” adding a reference to the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation into allegations of his involvement in sex trafficking and prostitution. Gaetz has denied any wrongdoing, with a spokesperson for him calling the charges “demonstrably false and rooted in a criminal reshuffling of Congressman Gaetz’s family, to which one person has already pleaded guilty.”

Gaetz then retweeted a story with a headline about how her comments from the rally angered abortion rights activists and pasted Olivia’s profile picture to it with the words “Dander raised…”

The viral tweet has sparked a lot of hate and harassment on Olivia’s path, but the teenager says the vitriol doesn’t bother her.

“When you have to resort to body shaming or physical insults, it’s because you can’t back up your arguments with logical, intellectual facts,” she said. “I honestly love getting hateful comments. Because when I get hateful comments it means I won the argument and you know I’m right.

Olivia said that as a political strategist and social media influencer, she knew she had to take advantage of this moment in the spotlight by turning it into a fundraiser, “something I could do to help people in a concrete way. of the community that is close to my heart”.

A spokesperson for Gaetz responded to the fundraiser saying that “with Roe v. Wade reversed, America is now a pro-life nation. No amount of stress will change that.

The spokesperson added: “Deputy Gaetz never mentioned adult weight. The left-wing media did.

The fundraiser that Olivia referred people to was organized by Gen Z for Change, a progressive youth-led group with over 500 members that uses social media and other internet platforms to “educate our generation and bring about tangible change on issues that disproportionately affect young people”. people.”

The band had raised around $26,000 before the blowup with Gaetz. By late Wednesday morning, it had been amassed more than eight times.

“I think a lot of people assume because I’m young that I’m very naive or ignorant of how politics works,” she said. “But I’m a political strategist for one of the largest youth nonprofits in the country, so Matt Gaetz shining the spotlight on me like that was actually a gift because he gave me a platform. even bigger to talk about me and the work I do.”

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