Leslie Gibson, a Republican candidate for the Maine House of Representatives, called Parkland shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez a “skinhead lesbian” and her classmate David Hogg a “bald-faced liar.” The insults came in a series of tweets attacking the Florida massacre survivors.
Gibson is currently running unopposed and local Democrat organizers are looking for someone to challenge him in the upcoming race
In a now-deleted response to a post by The Hill about how González now has more Twitter followers than the NRA (she does — by far), Gibson said, “There is nothing about that skin head lesbian that impresses me and there is nothing that she has to say unless you’re a frothing at the mouth moonbat.”
In another tweet, he said that she wasn’t a real survivor since she “was in a completely different part of the school” when the shooting happened.
The political hopeful also called Hogg a “bald-faced liar” after a comment the teen made in a CNN interview in which she said NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch “owns congressmen.”
“Dana Loesch ‘owns’ Congressmen?” Gibson said about Hogg’s interview. “Completely absurd. Hogg doesn’t get a pass when he blatantly lies.”
After receiving backlash for the comments, Gibson took to Twitter to “sincerely apologize,” for the homophobic remark and to say it was “inappropriate to single out these students regardless of whether I agree with their message or not.”
He also added that he “took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” during his military career.
“To me, that oath has no expiration date. However my passion for defending our rights must be tempered with civility, and that did not happen in this instance.”
Gibson has since deleted his Twitter account.
Emma Gonzalez revealed she is bisexual in an op-ed she wrote for Harper’s Bazaar. A Washington Post profile on the 18-year-old gun control activist also revealed she is the president of the school’s Gay and Straight Alliance.
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