A Texas Republican hopeful has refused to apologise for her claim that Barack Obama secretly worked as a male prostitute in order to score drugs.

Obama worked as a civil rights attorney and taught constitutional law at University of Chicago Law School before getting into politics and eventually becoming President.

However, according to Republican candidate Mary Lou Bruner, who is standing for the State Board of Education in Texas, that’s not all he was getting up to.

It was revealed last month that Ms Bruner, a close friend of Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz’ father Rafael Cruz, claimed in a now-deleted Facebook post: “Obama has a soft spot for homosexuals because of the years he spent as a male prostitute in his twenties.

“That is how he paid for his drugs. He has admitted he was addicted to drugs when he was young, and he is sympathetic with homosexuals; but he hasn’t come out of the closet about his own homosexual/bisexual background.”

Despite deleting the post, Ms Bruner has refused to back down from her claim or apologise, describing it as “accurate”.

She told right-wing outlet Breitbart: “I don’t intend to apologise for my opinions because I still believe my statements were accurate.”

Incredibly, her campaign is picking up pace – and she has landed an endorsement from the Kaufman County Tea Party and the group ‘Grassroots America: We the People’ (GAWTP).

Ms Bruner previously railed against equal marriage in an all-caps Facebook post last year, claiming: “WE CANNOT ACCEPT UNCONSTITUTIONAL COURT RULINGS WHICH DESTROY FREEDOM OF RELIGION PROTECTED BY THE FIRST AMENDMENT. WE CANNOT ACCEPT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STOMPING ON STATES’ RIGHTS.

“WE CANNOT ACCEPT THE DESTRUCTION OF TRADITIONS WHICH ARE THOUSANDS OF YEARS OLD AND THE BEDROCK OF OUR SOCIETY.

She added: “WE CANNOT ACCEPT A COURT RULING THAT SAYS IMMORALITY IS JUST AS APPROPRIATE AS MORALITY.

“WE CANNOT ACCEPT THE COURT RULING WHICH SAYS GAY MARRIAGE IS LEGAL IN ALL 50 STATES REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE STATE LAWS SAY.”

Stay tuned for more as it unfolds.

(H/T Towleroad)