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Canadian News Mar 20, 2020 3:55 PM EST

Ontario NDP leader's son says coronavirus is a 'hoax', pictured with AR-15

Andrea Horwath's son Julian Leonetti, has uploaded photos of himself where he appears to be holding assault rifles and said that coronavirus was a "hoax."

Ontario NDP leader's son says coronavirus is a 'hoax', pictured with AR-15
Nico Johnson Montreal, QC

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Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath's son Julian Leonetti, 27, has uploaded photos of himself to social media where he called the ongoing coronavirus pandemic a "hoax."

Leonetti also uploaded photos where he appears to be holding an AR-15

In one photo, which Leonetti captioned, “I got hella shooters like I’m hunting,” the aspiring rapper is seen with something that looks like an AR-15. The gun in this picture did not have the orange flash hider that toy guns are required by law to have, meaning it may very well be real.

The Post Millennial also reached out to gun experts who corroborated the fact that Leonetti’s AR-15 was authentic.

Leonetti has also celebrated the fact that he is hoarding toilet paper and other supplies, something that both the federal and provincial government have asked Canadians not to do. He is also pictured with someone who is wielding a crossbow.

Leonetti’s enthusiasm for guns contradicts his mother who has been vocal in the gun debate, calling on all handguns in the GTA to be banned. Horwath went on to say that Doug Ford’s “defence of handguns as having a place in downtown Toronto is wrong.”

As well as this, Leonetti has also declared on his social media that coronavirus was a hoax. “Corona 2020 is a hoax, stay woke,” he posted to Instagram.

Leonetti has previously caused some embarrassment to Horwath and the NDP in the past. In 2011, Leonetti wore a t-shirt that referenced a deeply misogynistic term that is too vulgar to describe in a family news outlet.

In short, however, the T-shirt referenced a "profanity-laced death metal song" that attacked promiscuous women. The song goes on to say that a woman’s life is meaningless, call them a “malady filled, gangrenous wound.”

Despite the role that politics plays in Leonetti’s family, he told The Globe and Mail in a profile, "I could never be an elected official,” choosing to pursue a career in hip-hop instead.

Leonetti frequently joins his mother on the campaign trail, and at one stage, even decided to go on television together.

The Ontario NDP did not respond to The Post Millennial's request for a comment.

Julian Leonetti also did not respond to The Post Millennial's request for a comment.

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