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.
Hey freinds in Maine! Who wants to run against this hate loving politician he's is running UNOPPOSED RUN AGAINST HIM I don't care what party JUST DO IT. https://t.co/vRR7p1ZHKf
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) March 14, 2018
The effort was successful in recruiting a challenger:
Eryn Gilchrist is stepping up to challenge Les Gibson, who called a Parkland survivor a "skinhead lesbian," because she knows Maine people deserve leaders who show respect and work through differences to make lives better. Go Eryn! #mepolitics https://t.co/rVSdSad7Dd
— Maine Democrats (@MaineDems) March 15, 2018