FRESNO, Calif. — A Fresno City Council Member is speaking out, after his tweets stirred online controversy.
Garry Bredefeld first tweeted over the weekend, sounding off on hot topics like late-term abortion and toxic masculinity. He says as a councilman, it’s his right to share his opinion.
It started with a tweet. Fresno’s District 6 Councilman Garry Bredefeld posting first about toxic masculinity in quotations saying it is a pathetic joke.
Then twitter users started responding. Bredefeld then tweeted, “keeping quiet is not an option” and adding “the left would love for us not to speak out against toxic masculinity or murdering babies.”
On Wednesday, Bredefeld standing by his tweets.
“When you talk about a right to choose you are talking about killing an unborn baby, when you talk about gun control it is an effort to take guns,” said Garry Bredefeld, Fresno City Councilor.
The tweets quickly turned into an argument about abortion. He said after following the new laws passed for late term abortions in New York and Virginia it was time to speak up.
“It is just heartbreaking and I felt the need that this is wrong, it really is evil and it breaks my heart,” said Bredefeld.
Some twitter users responding saying they want their councilman focusing on city issues not political ones.
“Everyone has a first amendment right to speak whether you are a councilmen in an elected position or not,” said Bredefeld.
Fellow Councilman Miguel Arias releasing a statement saying our constitution provides a council member the right to his personal opinion no matter how offensive it is to myself or others.
Residents should know his opinion is not the official city position on women, gender, religious or constitutional views.
Bredefeld says he is getting more support than hate.
“I get calls emails letters texts everyday, there is more support than criticism,” said Bredefeld.