A Congressional candidate running for the nomination to unseat House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) ignited an Internet firestorm when he appeared to go on a tirade against conservatives and the National Rifle Association Saturday night.

Mike Dickinson rejected support — on a Twitter account appearing to belong to him — from anyone who supports the NRA, is pro-life or participates in “Obama hating.”

Anyone who supports Obama hating get off my train. Anyone who supports sucking the tit of the NRA get off my train.
Congressional Candidate Appears to Have One Harsh Message for the NRA & Its Supporters
@VoteMike2014
DickinsonForCongress
Rides at amusement parks say you must be this tall to ride this ride. My campaign says you must be this smart to vote for us.
Congressional Candidate Appears to Have One Harsh Message for the NRA & Its Supporters
@VoteMike2014
DickinsonForCongress
Anti choice, abortion haters are all basically mentally disabled. They cannot see or reason. It's all bible thumping
Congressional Candidate Appears to Have One Harsh Message for the NRA & Its Supporters
@VoteMike2014
DickinsonForCongress
@ @ @ that the NRA is a god awful fear mongering group and those who support the NRA are pure trash
Congressional Candidate Appears to Have One Harsh Message for the NRA & Its Supporters
@VoteMike2014
DickinsonForCongress

Immediately following the string of tweets, Dickinson received immediate backlash online, with individuals turning to Twitter to offer their thoughts.

@ NRA member,Democrat, Tea Party I'll be helping Eric Cantor @ with his campaign on phone bank
Congressional Candidate Appears to Have One Harsh Message for the NRA & Its Supporters
@ua55oak
David Fullerton
Hey @ how'd that bashing the #NRA work for you?
Congressional Candidate Appears to Have One Harsh Message for the NRA & Its Supporters
@Mikespeegle
Tomahawk
You may not like the GOP but they are sure better than candidates like this-->@ He needs some special attention #tcot #RedNation
Congressional Candidate Appears to Have One Harsh Message for the NRA & Its Supporters
@redheadbomb
Cherrybomb

Despite the overwhelming reaction to the tweets, the self-described “liberal Democrat” did not appear to issue any apologies. In fact, on Sunday morning he appeared to respond to some criticism by continuing to mock the intelligence of those questioning him.

“I went to engineering school and I support the NRA,” one person tweeted him.

“Went or graduated? RW has large college dropout rate,” a tweet on the Dickinson account replied.

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