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GOP candidate who called Parkland teen 'skinhead lesbian' quits race

GOP candidate who called Parkland teen 'skinhead lesbian' quits race GOP candidate who called Parkland teen 'skinhead lesbian' quits race
Bennie Garza | 17 March, 2018, 23:20

The former candidate was under fire for Twitter remarks where he called Emma Gonzalez a "skinhead lesbian" and David Hogg a "bald faced liar".

He has since deleted his personal Twitter and sent his campaign Twitter to private.

Not only did Gibson attack Gonzalez's appearance and sexuality, Gibson also insinuated that Gonzalez wasn't a true survivor because she was "in a completely different part of the school" when the shooting took place. "I am walking away with my head held high", Gibson said, according to the Press Herald.

She has been at the forefront of the #NeverAgain movement since her impassioned speech at a rally last month in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Gonzalez, Hogg, and other students at Stoneman Douglas have come under attack by some Republican lawmakers and pro-firearms groups who are anxious about the growing momentum for gun control in the wake of the shooting.

Amy Volk, a Republican state senator in ME, tweeted that Gibson had previously attacked her on social media and that he should not run for office. Amy Volk (R), called on him to "drop out of the race".

Gibson later apologized to González, the Press Herald reports.

"Regardless of where someone falls along the political spectrum, we should all be able to agree that Les Gibson's comments are reprehensible and deserving of our denunciation", Bartlett said. However, Democrat Eryn Gilchrist entered the race after learning of Gibson's comments. Gibson decided that dropping out of the previously-uncontested race is "the best thing for everybody". Hogg had called for candidates to oppose Gibson.

Gilchrist, who works at a medical device company, said she wasn't intending to throw her hat into the ring - until she saw Gibson's inflammatory attack.

The military veteran used Twitter to reach out to Gonzalez and acknowledged that the way he addressed her was "wrong and unacceptable".

A Republican candidate for the state legislature in ME who called an outspoken Parkland shooting survivor a "skinhead lesbian" has dropped out of the race. "After those recent unfortunate comments, I couldn't sit back", Martin said. He tweeted that he understood how important her work is to her. Gibson then offered his hand in "friendship and understanding".

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