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Anti-LGBTQ Senate candidate Blake Masters’ attempt to ‘own the libs’ backfires spectacularly

When blaming President Biden ad nauseam for inflation still leaves you trailing in the polls, what’s a right-wing senatorial candidate to do? Arizona’s Republican U.S. Senate nominee Blake Masters found his answer: blame the gays… and Black people… and women?!

The Trump-endorsed candidate appeared to suggest that America needs more straight, white men to get back on track, implying diversity is to blame for economic hardship.

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Masters shared an Associated Press report that said the Federal Reserve’s leadership “has become its most diverse ever. There are more female, Black and gay officials contributing to the central bank’s interest-rate decisions than at any time in its 109-year history.”

“Finally a compelling explanation for why our economy is doing so well,” the anti-LGBTQ Senate hopeful sarcastically quipped.

Would you believe us if we told you the comment didn’t go over very well?

Many were quick to condemn the glaring racism, sexism and homophobia all baked into Masters’ one little tweet:

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And others called out Masters for overblowing the problem. His website even claims that “America is starting to feel like Soviet Russia” as the elderly are forced to take “cold showers”:

Then there were the responses looking at Masters’ tweet in the context of his struggling campaign:

According to the latest data from FiveThirtyEight, Masters is trailing his Democratic rival, incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly, by nearly eight points.

If he’s beginning to appear desperate, it’s probably because he is.

In addition to firing off cringe tweets, Masters holds several equally cringe positions like wanting to overturn same-sex marriage rights, supporting so-called “religious freedom,” and vowing to push for a federal version of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law.