03/03/2016 11:34 EST | Updated 03/04/2017 00:12 EST

Manitoba Liberal candidate resigns over tweets referring to women as "whores"

WINNIPEG — A Manitoba Liberal candidate who came under fire for using derogatory terms to refer to women on social media has resigned.

Jamie Hall was nominated as a Winnipeg-area candidate Tuesday night and was immediately asked to resign when the NDP unearthed dozens of tweets over the years in which he used terms such as "whore" and "skank."

Hall initially apologized and defended his comments, calling them humorous and satirical.

But Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari issued a statement Thursday saying Hall has resigned.

She says she can't accept comments that disparage women and neither can voters.

A Liberal party spokesperson had said Hall was vetted before being named a candidate, but his tweets weren't seen.

The Canadian Press