Arkansas politician quits following the homophobic tirade

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A candidate who vowed to ‘Make Arkansas Great Again’ has ended his bid for office after being called out for his homophobic statement about gay men donating blood which he published on Facebook. In part he called LGBT people disgusting and used the homophobic F-slur repeatedly. To be fair we need to say that he apologized for the slur, writing that he “should have said ‘homosexuals’”, but it was the only thing he was sorry for. In a statement to KARK, he said: “Effective immediately I will be suspending my campaign for State Representative of District 87.” He also pulled down his campaign website and social media platforms. Jones’ abrupt exit from the campaign comes after he attempted to defend his actions. The chairman of the Libertarian Party of Arkansas, Dr. Michael Pakko noted that Jones’ comments were unacceptable for the post he was hoping to take: “Mr Jones is within his rights to associate with gay individuals or not, and to have opinions of his own about morality, but the denigrating, insulting comments that have been attributed to him have no place in the political messaging of the Libertarian Party, and we disassociate ourselves from such offensive remarks.”

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