A Republican candidate for the Maine House of Representatives has used Twitter to attack two students who survived a mass shooting at a Florida high school, calling one of them, who is openly bisexual, a “skinhead lesbian” and the other a “bald-faced liar.”
“There is nothing about this skinhead lesbian that impresses me and there is nothing that she has to say unless you’re frothing at the mouth moonbat,” Leslie Gibson wrote about 18-year-old Emma Gonzalez, one of the most visible student activists to emerge from the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead.
In a later tweet he said calling her a survivor disingenuous because ‘she was in a completely different part of the school,’ than where the students were gunned down.
Gibson also called survivor David 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.”
Gibson is the only declared candidate for the 57th District and told Maine’s Sun Journal on Monday that it was “not appropriate to single out the Parkland students,” who have been vocal about their desire for stricter gun control. But he said he stands firm in his defense of “our constitutional rights.” He said he served in the military and took an oath “to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
After recognizing the inappropriateness of these tweets, Gibson apologized on Twitter.
“I would like to extend to you my most sincere apology for how I addressed you,” he said. “It was wrong and unacceptable. You are doing work that is important to you. I would like to extend my hand in friendship and understanding to you.”
However, Gibson justified his behavior by claiming that he was simply standing up for constitutional rights.
“It was not appropriate to single out the Parkland students, but I stand firm in my defense of our constitutional rights,” he told the Portland Press Herald. He also said that after he’s elected, he plans to “lead the charge in the protection and preservation of our constitutional rights and our Maine traditions against these attacks.”
Gibson’s Twitter account is now private.