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Valentina Gomez, a GOP candidate running for Missouri's Secretary of State, posted a video of herself using a flamethrower to burn library books about the LGBTQ+ community. The video has received over 800k views and garnered thousands of negative responses on social media. Comparisons to book burnings in Nazi Germany have been made.
When I'm Secretary of State, I will 🔥BURN🔥all books that are grooming, indoctrinating, and sexualizing our children. MAGA. America First🇺🇸
Gomez's actions have been widely criticized, with many questioning her candidacy and calling her an awful candidate and human. The books she burned included 'Naked: Not Your Average Sex Encyclopedia' and 'Queer, 2nd Edition: The Ultimate LGBTQ Guide for Teens.' The controversy highlights the ongoing debate over censorship and freedom of expression.
I'm not sure 'if I'm elected I will burn books' is really the flex that you think it is,
The book burnings by Gomez have drawn comparisons to the actions of Nazi Germany in the 1930s, where book burnings were commonplace. Critics see her actions as dangerous and a threat to intellectual freedom, and find it alarming that a political candidate would advocate for burning books.
Others were quick to make comparisons to Ray Bradbury's 'Fahrenheit 451' as well as Nazi Germany.