By Lydia Nusbaum
May 12, 2022 Updated 3:23 P.M. ET
WASHINGTON (FLV) – Florida U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds called the U.S. Treasury Secretary’s comments “bigotry” after the secretary justified black women having abortions to help the economy.
“In many cases abortions are of teenage women, particularly low-income and often black, who aren’t in a position to be able to care for children, have unexpected pregnancies, and it deprives them of the ability often to continue their education to later participate in the workforce,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said.
Yellen made the comments about what overturning Roe v. Wade would mean for the economy at a Senate Banking Committee meeting Tuesday.
“So there is spillover into labor force participation. It means the children will grow up in poverty and do worse themselves,” Yellen said.
Black Republican congressmen U.S. Senator Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, and U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Florida, denounced the remarks from Yellen.
“I’m tired of the not-so-subtle bigotry of low expectations from the Democrats and, in this case, Secretary Yellen,” Donalds said on Twitter.
“I grew up poor in the inner city of Brooklyn, and I made it to become a successful businessman and now United States Congressman,” Donalds said. “Anything is possible in the USA.”
Scott interrupted Yellen during her comments at the meeting.
“As a guy raised by a black woman in abject poverty, I’m thankful to be here as a United States Senator,” Scott said.
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