Haters are going to hate. That’s just a given. Emma Gonzalez and her classmates at Parkland have gotten the hate ever since the mass shooting occurred at her school. It’s not even hate from people her age, but from adults and celebrities. Yet, Gonzalez and her friends have handled it with more grace than many would expect.
But something much bigger is happening. Gonzalez is leading the way towards change and inspiring countless of others to rally against gun violence and some people are clearly on the defense. Leslie Gibson, the only Senate candidate from Maine’s 57th district, is the latest adult to lash out at the teenagers fighting for gun reform.
Leslie Gibson is a Republican politician who is also a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association (NRA).
Gibson is running for a seat Maine’s 57th District (he doesn’t have any opponents, by the way) and had an issue with an article written about Gonzalez.
He tweeted offensive words to Gonzalez and her classmate David Hogg. These are the screenshots.
“There is nothing about this skin head [sic] lesbian that impresses me and there is nothing that she has to say unless you’re a frothing at the mouth moonbat,” Gibson tweeted. He also called Hogg a “bald-faced [sic] liar.”
People did not take his tweets lightly and he quickly deleted his Twitter account @LeslieEGibson2.
According to The Cut, Gibson released the following apology directly to Gonzalez saying: “I would like to extend to you my most sincere apology for how I addressed you. 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.”
He has since started a new Twitter account, but it’s currently private. Gonzalez hasn’t responded to his comments.