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'His Mother Should’ve Aborted Him': Alabama Lawmaker Responds to Criticism by Donald Trump Jr.

Alabama Rep. John Rogers has doubled down on his controversial remarks on abortion following criticism from conservatives including Donald Trump Jr., suggesting the president’s “evidently retarded” son is the best argument for abortion there is.

The Birmingham Democrat was condemned for remarks he made in the House of Representatives in Alabama while voicing his opposition to a bill which would make abortion illegal in the state except for when the woman’s health is at risk.

“Some kids are unwanted, so you kill them now or you kill them later,” Rogers said.

"You bring them in the world unwanted, unloved, and you send them to the electric chair. So, you kill them now or you kill them later.”

Trump Jr. was one of those who criticized Rogers remarks, describing them on Twitter as “stomach curling.”

“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,” he added.

When asked for his response to Trump Jr.’s remarks, Rogers said the 41-year-old is proof that he’s “right to make a scene about abortion.”

“Him being born, that’s proof right there,” he told WVTM. “That’s a very, very good defense I have for abortion. 

"His mother should have aborted him when he was born and he wouldn’t have made that stupid statement.

“He’s evidently retarded. crazy. Donald Trump’s son, I know there’s something wrong with that boy,” he added.

In response, Andy Surabian, spokesperson for Trump Jr., told The Washington Examiner: "Sadly, vile comments like this have become par for the course for the Democrat Party.

“They've become so deranged by President Trump's victory that celebrating late-term abortion, support for eugenics and even calling for the death of political opponents is becoming their standard operating procedure.

“I hope every elected Democrat in the country has the common decency and moral courage to disavow these types of grotesque statements from members of their party."

Following his latest remarks, Sen. Doug Jones tweeted that Rogers’ rhetoric “gets more appalling each time he speaks.”

“He does not speak for the people of Alabama and is in fact offending all Alabamians with his crude and reprehensible comments,” he added.

Speaking to AL.com, Rogers explained his original comments, believing Alabama as a whole does not value the lives of its residents.

“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 said.

“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?”

In a statement, U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne described Rogers’ original remarks as “one of the most horrific statements I’ve ever heard from an elected official.”

House Bill 314, which would impose some of the strictest abortion limits in the country, was passed by the House by 74 votes to 3.

The headline on this article has been updated.

john rogers Alabama rep. John Rogers said Donald Trump Jr. is a "very, very good defense" for abortion. WVTM

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