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Alabama Democrat Calls Trump Jr. ‘Retarded’: He Is a ‘Very Good Defense’ for Abortion

A Democratic state official in Alabama on Thursday said Donald Trump Jr. was a "very good defense" for abortion, saying he is "evidently retarded or crazy."

State representative John Rogers, who received backlash on Wednesday for defending abortion as a question of whether "to kill them now" or in "the electric chair" later, made more controversial comments Thursday when asked to respond to his previous comments. During an interview with WVTM 13, a local NBC affiliated news station in Birmingham, Ala., Rogers was asked to respond to Trump Jr.'s tweet criticizing him.

"This is stomach curling and makes Ralph Northam look like a moderate on abortion," Trump Jr. tweeted. "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."

"Earlier today, Donald Trump Jr. condemned your comments. Do you have a response to the president's son?" a WVTM reporter asked.

"Hey, that's a honor. If Donald Trump Jr. did that, thank God, right on, that's how I know I'm right because I don't know nothing he's been right on since he's been here," Rogers said.

"That proves I’m right to make a scene about abortion, him being born — that’s proof right there," Rogers continued. "That's a very, very good defense I have for abortion right there — him. Look at him. His mother should have aborted him [before] he was born… He wouldn't have made that stupid statement, right?"

Rogers went on to claim Trump Jr. is "evidently retarded or crazy."

"Donald Trump's son, hey, I knew there was something wrong with that boy," he added.

Andy Surabian, spokesman for Donald Trump, Jr., responded.

"Sadly, vile comments like this have become par for the course for the Democrat Party," he wrote in a direct message to the Free Beacon. "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."

UPDATE 11:25 A.M.: This story was updated to include comment from a spokesman for Donald Trump, Jr.