Noted homophobe and former Ohio state treasurer Josh Mandel, who is currently running to replace outgoing Sen. Rob Portman in the U.S. Senate, has once again made a complete ass of himself on Twitter.

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Earlier this week, the 43-year-old Republican shared a satirical op-ed written by Joe Mathews about abolishing parenthood to make the state of California a more equal place.

“This is not satire,” he raged. “They are trying to turn America into Sodom.”

https://twitter.com/JoshMandelOhio/status/1483121788158627853

To be clear, the article is satire. If that wasn’t already obvious by the headline (“California should abolish parenthood, in the name of equity”), then surely this line makes it abundantly clear:

My solution — making raising your own children illegal — is simple, and while we wait for the legislation to pass, we can act now: the rich and poor should trade kids, and homeowners might swap children with their homeless neighbors.

Either Mandel didn’t actually read the article before sharing it with his 66,000 followers, or he’s just really that dumb. Possibly both.

Now, the responses…

That last comment is actually spot on.

Because shortly after expressing his outrage over an obviously satirical article that he claimed wasn’t satire, Mandel then took to Twitter to advocate for dismantling the U.S. Department of Education.

“America does not need a federal Department of Education,” he wrote.

https://twitter.com/JoshMandelOhio/status/1483227668095111175

A December poll conducted by the Trafalgar Group found that Mandel was leading the field of candidates running in the Ohio Republican primary by nearly 10 points, with 21% of likely voters saying they’d cast their ballots for him.

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Next on the list was investment banker Mike Gibbons, polling at 12%. And behind him was homophobe/Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance.

Graham Gremore is the Features Editor and a Staff Writer at Queerty. Follow him on Twitter @grahamgremore.

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