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ND Libertarian candidate writes "Make America Rape Again"

WEST FARGO, N.D.--A Libertarian candidate for North Dakota insurance commissioner has been in a battle of words on the Internet over his comments on rape and women stripping.

Nick Bata
Nick Bata

WEST FARGO, N.D.-A Libertarian candidate for North Dakota insurance commissioner has been in a battle of words on the Internet over his comments on rape and women stripping.

In one comment, Nick Bata of West Fargo wrote "Make America Rape" again.

In started off with his post about sexual consent on Sept. 30 and quickly spiraled into an all-out battle of the keyboards with rape and stripping getting thrown into the conversation.

"If people don't agree with them, they will attack you like a bunch of rabid, wild hyenas," said Bata. "I tried to have to have a very civil engagements."

His comments ranged from saying rape culture doesn't exist in this country to saying stripping is some women's best way to make a living.

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But it was the "Make America Rape Again" comment that caused several people to write about how disturbing it was.

"Yes, I wrote Make America Rape again. And in the context because of course they deleted some of the comments because that's how they operate. They lurk in the dark and edit things, and by me not complying with their worldview, I was labeled a rape apologist, I was labeled disgusting, all sorts of pejorative words, and they labeled me a Trump supporter because hey, if you're not with us, you're a Trump supporter, and in sarcasm, which leftist supporters can't understand sarcasm, they misinterpreted this," said Bata.

"It's a free society; nobody makes these decisions. If you can't handle someone's free speech, that's your problem, not mine," said Bata.

Jess Roscoe posted the original article that started the firestorm--and can't believe what it turned into.

"Even if it's a play on Donald Trump and his campaign slogan, it doesn't make that remark acceptable or constructive to any conversation," said Roscoe.

"As a woman those comments are troubling, and I think that it's a snapshot at the sorts of comments and beliefs that are said on a daily basis that a lot of people don't think they're contributing to something so negative," said Roscoe.

Bata, who is from Kensal, ND, near Jamestown, said he has no regrets about his comments. "None of it. I stand by everything. Why should I apologize and to who?"

Bata said he doesn't plan on dropping out of the race.

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The Libertarian party of North Dakota didn't immediately respond.

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