Republicans begin vile attacks on Parkland students as campaign material (Details)

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On Monday, a Republican House of Representatives candidate in Maine used Twitter to launch attacks against survivors of the Florida High School massacre.

The candidate, Leslie Gibson, called one of the students a “skinhead lesbian” and another a “bald-faced liar.” Those students are presumed to be Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg, respectively.

On Gonzalez, Gibson said, “there is nothing about this skinhead lesbian that impresses me.”

Gonzalez quickly gained national attention through her highly articulate activism speeches following the shooting at her high school. She grabbed a lot of headlines when she surged past the NRA for the number of Twitter followers. She now has over 1.2 million followers compared to 622k for the NRA.

On Hogg, Gibson said, “Hogg doesn’t get a pass when he blatantly lies.

Hogg, another highly articulate student activist, has been the subject of many conspiracy theories following the shooting.  Even Infowars, perhaps the largest conspiracy theory originator, attacked Hogg on YouTube as being an actor. YouTube later pulled down the video.

Gibson, the GOP candidate, is the only person running for the 57th District House seat in Maine.

When asked about attacking the students, Gibson strangely answered that it’s “not appropriate to single out the Parkland students.” He went on to say that he took an oath “to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States” and that he stands in defense of “our constitutional rights.”

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Patt Fogg, a Democratic organizer in Maine, says, “That sort of stupidity really turns people off.” She said she wishes that there was a candidate who would run against Gibson.

Since the incident, Gibson has changed his Twitter account to private.


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