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    Va. GOPers Offending People on Facebook

    Virginia Republicans might be wise to step away from Facebook for a while, as two of them are currently in hot water over some unsavory posts. First, state Sen. Steve Martin revealed on the social network that he regards pregnant women as nothing more than fetus “hosts.” “You can count on me to never get in the way of ‘preventing’ an unintentional pregnancy,” he wrote last week in response to a Valentine’s Day card from the Virginia Pro-Choice Coalition criticizing his stance on reproductive rights. “However, once the child does exist in your womb, I’m not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child’s host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn’t want it.” This Tuesday, Virginia Republican Party Treasurer Bob FitzSimmonds joined Martin in the doghouse with his response to a Facebook post in support of GOP women and, in particular, House hopeful Barbara Comstock. “I have nothing against Barbara Comstock, but I hate sexist twat,” he wrote. FitzSimmonds removed the post and replaced it with an apology, telling the Virginian-Pilot that he had intended to use the word “twaddle,” meaning foolish speech, and that “my post was not about Barbara Comstock. It was relating to the sexist stereotypes used by the women posting.”

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