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    Congressional Candidate Grilled on Twitter for Calling Melania Trump 'Hoebag'

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    A congressional candidate from Oregon has drawn fierce backlash on social media after comparing US First Lady Melania Trump to a prostitute.

    Mark Roberts, who is running as an independent candidate for Oregon’s second Congressional district, responded to Turning Points USA founder Charlie Kirk’s tweet about Melania Trump having “thirty-nine fewer staffers” dedicated to her than Michelle Obama had.

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    Roberts tweeted back, claiming the FLOTUS worked “by the hour,” adding hashtags #thinkdirty and #hoebag:

    Twitter users immediately jumped to Melania’s defense, with many labeling his comments “disgusting, “tasteless” and “zero class”:

    Others stressed that he was an “embarrassment to the state of Oregon” and called on him to pull out of the race:

    In response to the social media backlash he’s been receiving and users’ questions as to why his tweet hasn’t been taken down, Roberts refused to apologize and posted an official explanation from Twitter, while also referring to the Constitution:

    Neither President Donald Trump, nor the First Lady’s representatives have commented Roberts’ remarks.

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