Read at The Hill
A Republican candidate for Missouri secretary of state caused controversy by posting a campaign video in which she burns LGBTQ-inclusive books. Valentina Gomez, who appeared with a flamethrower in hand, stated that she would burn such books once she was in office. The video received widespread attention on social media and prompted backlash from the LGBTQ community and supporters of free speech.
"She is burning my book in public to get votes, not fascist or scary at all!"
The video, which showed Gomez burning two books, garnered nearly 973,000 views, 987 reposts, and over 3,300 comments on social media. The incident highlights concerns about book banning and the rise of extremism. Critics argue that the act of book burning is dangerous and emblematic of a candidate who holds extreme views.
"Book banning is dangerous and book burning takes it to a whole new scary level. All Americans should be concerned that a candidate for public office not only thinks book burning is acceptable, but that it is something that will help her get elected."