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Maine House candidate calls Parkland student activist ‘skinhead lesbian’

John McCall | AP
John McCall | AP
Emma Gonzalez, a senior who survived Wednesday's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, talks with people at North Community Park in Parkland, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. Gonzalez is one of the students who escaped the deadly school shooting and focused their anger Sunday at President Donald Trump, contending that his response to the attack has been needlessly divisive. Maine House candidate Leslie Gibson of Sabattus called Gonzalez a "skinhead lesbian" on Twitter.
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LEWISTON, Maine — A Republican Maine House candidate has used Twitter to attack two students who survived a shooting at a Florida high school, calling one of them a “skinhead lesbian” and the other a “bald-faced liar.”

Leslie Gibson is the only declared candidate for the 57th District and told the Sun Journal it was “not appropriate to single out the Parkland students.” But he says he stands firm in his defense of “our constitutional rights.” He says he served in the military and took an oath “to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

A Democratic organizer in Greene says, “That sort of stupidity really turns people off.” Organizer Pat Fogg says she wishes she knew someone else who could jump into the race and challenge Gibson.

The newspaper says Gibson has since made his Twitter account private.

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