Republican who called Parkland student Emma Gonzales ‘skinhead lesbian’ drops out of reelection campaign
Former Maine Republican candidate Leslie Gibson (Twitter) and Parkland survivor Emma Gonzalez (office of Congressman Ted Deutch). Composite image.

A controversial Republican political hopeful in Maine has ended his campaign following widespread outrage after he slandered Parkland shooting massacre survivor Emma Gonzalez as a "skinhead lesbian" the Sun Journal reported Friday.

“It’s the best thing for everybody,” Gibson said.

“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,” Gibson wrote on Twitter, before "protecting" his account.

Gibson also attacked Parkland student David Hogg as “a bald faced liar" in another tweet. “Hogg doesn’t get a pass when he blatantly lies.”

On Friday, having lost a such a public feud to two Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students, Gibson withdrew from the race.

“I am not walking away with my head hung low," he claimed. "I am walking away with my head held high."

Before Gibson's remarks were reported, he was "cruising toward an unopposed election," as the Sun Journal described.

But the Parkland students had other ideas.

The effort was successful in recruiting a challenger: