In his latest attempt at “owning the libs”, U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel crashed a local school board meeting. But the only person who ended up getting “owned” was Mandel himself.

The 43-year-old was kicked out of a Lakota school board meeting last night after he made a complete spectacle about mask mandates and gender identity while dressed in an ill-fitting button-down shirt and too-tight pants.

“Here in the Lakota District and throughout the state of Ohio, children should not be forced to wear masks,” he said before the empty room. “On top of that, children should not be forced to learn about to pick a gender or not pick a gender. Boys are boys, girls are girls.”

Related: GOP candidate Josh Mandel just mocked a queer teenager on Twitter because of course he did

Now, we know what you’re probably thinking: What does a child’s gender identity have to do with wearing masks in the classroom?

Members of the school board didn’t wait to find out. Instead, they had two Butler County Sheriff’s deputies show Mandel the door.

“Isn’t this a public meeting?” he argued.

That’s when he was informed that the Lakota School Board’s public comment policy indicates that “participants must be residents of the district or Lakota staff and have a legitimate interest in the action of the board.”


Related: Antigay GOP candidate Josh Mandel’s psychotic cornfield meltdown is truly something else

Mandel is neither a resident of the district nor a staff member. He’s just one of almost a dozen people seeking to succeed U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, who decided to not seek re-election in 2022.

Afterwards, he posted a video of the incident to social media, bragging about how he was kicked out of a school board meeting for speaking truth to power.

“I just got escorted out of the Lakota School Board meeting for speaking out against mask mandates,” he tweeted. “Thanks to the moms who invited me to speak. We are still in charge of our kids — even if Biden tries to call us “Domestic Terrorists’.”

Now, the responses…

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

Don't forget to share:

Help make sure LGBTQ+ stories are being told...

We can't rely on mainstream media to tell our stories. That's why we don't lock Queerty articles behind a paywall. Will you support our mission with a contribution today?

Cancel anytime · Proudly LGBTQ+ owned and operated