A Republican paid $30 to scrub his vile tweets from the web. You get what you pay for.

A Republican paid $30 to scrub his vile tweets from the web. You get what you pay for.
Photo: Shutterstock

A Republican candidate in Virginia paid a service $30 to delete homophobic, sexist, and violent tweets, but his Democratic opponent found them anyway.

John Gray is a Republican running for Prince William County Board of Supervisors in northern Virginia, and he has quite a history on Twitter.

Related: This Prince William County Republican told a teen with 2 moms that she ‘deserves’ a father

His opponent, Democrat Ann Wheeler, said that her campaign was analyzing Gray’s campaign finance records when they found two payments of $15 to Tweet Deleter, a service that says it can delete tweets.

Tweet Deleter did remove the tweets from his own timeline, but they were still on the app and could by found by searching his user name.

One of the tweets called people who don’t like Donald Trump “bong and dildo holders” who “can’t figure out which bathroom to use” and threatened “300 million weapons and an estimated 2 billion rounds of ammo” against Democrats who would try to impeach him.

Gray called Hillary Clinton “uglier than shit,” adding: “Can you imagine being so desperate as to even WANTING to have sex with HRC, more or less even doing the deed with her? OMG. Shrivels me up!”

In another tweet, he excused the Pulse shooter, who killed 49 people in an Orlando LGBTQ nightclub. “Well, what did you expect? Being Islamic you knew he had the right to beat you,” Gray wrote.

He also wrote that if Christians can be forced to sell cakes to same-sex couples, then Muslim hookah bar owners should be forced to sell alcohol.

Gray tweeted that NFL stands for “Neeling Felons League,” referring to NFL players who have kneeled during the national anthem to protest police violence against African Americans.

“AfroAmericans voted Obama only because he is black,” Gray wrote in one tweet. In another: “Bible verse of the day: Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Deport him and you don’t have to feed him again POTUS 20:16.”

“I didn’t realize that he was that extreme,” Wheeler, the Democrat in the race, said.

“The bottom line is, he deleted those tweets because he believed they’re too extreme for Twitter. If they’re too extreme for Twitter, they’re too extreme for Prince William County, and he has no business running Prince William County.”

Gray told the Washington Post that his tweets were “completely inappropriate.” He also said that his tweet about guns and ammunition wasn’t a threat, just a metaphor.

“I’ll be sure to call my campaign consultant and ask: ‘Can you refund my $30?’” he said.

The election is scheduled for November 5 of this year.

Don't forget to share:

Support vital LGBTQ+ journalism

Reader contributions help keep LGBTQ Nation free, so that queer people get the news they need, with stories that mainstream media often leaves out. Can you contribute today?

Cancel anytime · Proudly LGBTQ+ owned and operated

A House Republican introduced a bill to protect gay fetuses. Then he quit.

Previous article

A mob mercilessly beat two gay men at a restaurant while employees watched

Next article