GOP Candidate Attacks Parkland Massacre Survivors Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg

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An unopposed Republican candidate for a Maine State House seat, called Parkland massacre survivors Emma Gonzalezwho identifies as bisexual, a "skinhead lesbian" and David Hogg a "bald-faced liar." Since the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, Gonzalez and Hogg have been among the most vocal student advocates for stricter gun control.

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Leslie Gibson, a lifetime National Rifle Association member, took to Twitter to attack Gonzalez after seeing that the teen surpassed the NRA in Twitter followers. “There is nothing about this skinhead lesbian that impresses me and there is nothing that she has to say unless you’re a frothing at the mouth moonbat,” he wrote. In another tweet, the GOP candidate also said the 18-year-old should not be called a “survivor” because she was “in a completely different part of the school” during the shooting. Gibson also called Hogg a “moron” and accused him of lying after the student said NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch “owns” members of Congress. The tweet read, “Hogg doesn’t get a pass when he blatantly lies.”

The tweets were met with heavy criticism, with many asking Gibson to withdraw from the congressional race, and prompted Gibson to delete the tweets and apologize to Gonzalez. He went on to make his personal and campaign Twitter accounts private. 

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According to the Sun Journal, Gibson maintained that while “it was not appropriate to single out the Parkland students ... I stand firm in my defense of our constitutional rights.” He did not apologize for insulting Hogg. “I am very passionate about protecting our constitutional rights from those who seek their elimination,” Gibson said. 

Hogg appeared on CNN this week to urge President Donald Trump to prove he isn’t “owned” by the National Rifle Association. Meanwhile, the Cuban-American teen was honored by LGBTQ rights group Equality Florida for her activism.