Liberal candidate apologizes for past racist, homophobic and sexist social media posts

From the party that preaches tolerance, inclusion, and equality, this isn’t a good look.

Jaime Battiste, the federal Liberal candidate for the Nova Scotia riding of Sydney-Victoria, has apologized after the Toronto Sun asked him about damning sexist, homophobic, and offensive comments he posted to social media from February 2012 onward.

The posts made light of drinking and driving, were demeaning towards women, made fun of heavily-accented Chinese people, and included inappropriate language and homophobic remarks while also speaking positively of socialism.

In a 2016 Instagram pic, he can be seen at the gym wearing a shirt with the hammer and sickle — a symbol known to represent communism in Russia.

Battiste, a law graduate from Dalhousie University in 2004, was named a National Aboriginal Role Model by the National Aboriginal Healing Organization in 2005.

However, the National Aboriginal role model tweeted in 2012: “Why do I assume every skinny aboriginal girl is on crystal meth or pills?”