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Ron Paul Glitter Bombed (VIDEO)

02/07/2012 02:20 pm 14:20:25

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is the latest politician to fall victim to the glitter bomb.

Paul was showered with sparkles as he left the stage following a rally at the Minneapolis convention center, according to a press release sent to The Huffington Post by the Glitterati, an LGBT rights group.

The announcement says Glitterati member "Charlie McAwesome" released the glitter bomb while shouting "housing and healthcare are human rights not privileges."

Paul has proposed cutting $1 trillion from the federal budget in one year, according to Politico. Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program and food stamps would be turned into block grants given to the states, according to Paul's budget outline.

As Yahoo News reports, Paul has also come out in favor of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between a man and woman. Though, Paul did support the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy.

Paul isn't the only Republican presidential candidate in Minnesota to feel the wrath of the Glitterati. The group's press release notes that Newt Gingrich was heckled by Glitterati members during a campaign stop at the Ramada Hotel in the Mall of America.

Gabe Aderhold and Issac Rothberg interrupted Gingrich by shouting, "Hey Newt, why do you support discrimination against gays and lesbians all the time? Serial hypocrisy!"

When Gingrich tried to respond, the release says Rothberg stood up and chanted, "No hate in our state, why do you discriminate?"

Gingrich made headlines just last month for comparing gay marriage to paganism. In December, Gingrich also told a gay Iowan to vote for President Obama.

Both Gingrich and Paul are campaigning in Minnesota where the state's conservative voters will caucus on Tuesday.

Ben Egerman, who glitter bombed Karl Rove in October, said he hoped the Glitterati's actions in Minnesota made it clear that hateful politicians are not welcome in the state.

"Tonight we sent a clear message to politicians everywhere that we will not be silent while our communities are under attack," Egerman said in the release. "Those who seek to label our harmless actions as 'assault' should consider the real violence faced by LGBT people and the assaults on our humanity perpetrated every day by politicians like Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich."

Republican primary frontrunner Mitt Romney was also glitter bombed by a protester before a campaign rally in Minnesota on Wednesday, Feb. 1. Romney played off the incident as an act of celebration following his win in the Florida primary.

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