A recent tweet by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stating that “transwomen are women” on International Women’s Day is receiving widespread backlash on social media.

Trudeau made the statement on Tuesday morning, which immediately sparked outrage from the public. 

“And with a disturbing rise in anti-transgender hate here in Canada and around the world recently, I want to be very clear about one more thing: Trans women are women. We will always stand up to this hate – whenever and wherever it occurs,” said Trudeau. 

At the time this article was published the tweet received over 6,000 replies and over 4,000 likes. Most of the replies were harsh criticisms of the prime minister’s views. 

Among those criticizing Trudeau was Jordan Peterson, who testified before the Senate against adding charter protections to self-identification on the grounds of compelled speech. 

McGill University lecturer Terry Newman critiqued the PM over his claim that saying women are women is hateful. 

People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier also chimed in, calling on the prime minister to “stop labeling everything you disagree with as hate.” 

Canadian journalist Terry Glavin also ridiculed Trudeau over his statement.

Meanwhile, Twitter user Amy E. Sousa accused Trudeau of “dehumanizing women.”