Offensive tweets have come back to haunt a Manitoba Liberal candidate in Winnipeg.
Southdale candidate Jamie Hall is bowing out of the election race after being labelled a sexist for his social media history.
Hall has posted dozens of tweets over the years using words such as “whore” and “skank” to describe women. His Twitter account @JamieIanHall has been taken down.
Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari released this statement Thursday morning:
Jamie Hall has apologized to me and the party and I have accepted his apology. He has also offered his resignation from candidacy in Southdale and I have accepted his resignation.
As a woman I simply cannot accept comments that disparage women. Manitobans have every right to expect and demand a high standard of their candidates and MLAs. We are Liberals and we hold ourselves to a higher standard. It’s what Manitobans expect and demand.
Hall apologized Wednesday, saying the postings have been misinterpreted. He insists they were meant as satire and sarcasm. He says he’s not sexist.
When asked for comment after tendering his resignation today, he said he would not be speaking to media anymore, but referred people to his blog.
Here is a sample of some of the reaction to the comments on Twitter.