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Republican Candidate Valentina Gomez Sparks Controversy with Remarks in St. Louis Campaign Video

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Republican candidate for Missouri secretary of state, Valentina Gomez, has drawn criticism and controversy after releasing a campaign video filmed in the historically LGBTQ+ neighborhood of Soulard District in St. Louis. In the video, Gomez is seen running down the street while wearing a protective vest and making remarks that have been deemed derogatory. Among those who condemned the video is former Democratic Missouri secretary of state and US Senate candidate, Jason Kander.

The ad stirred further outrage as it tagged British influencer Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan Tate, who have faced serious allegations including human trafficking, rape, and forming a criminal gang for sexual exploitation. Gomez also mentioned the rapper Lupe Fiasco in the video, with users pointing out the artist’s stance against homophobia.

Following the video’s release, Lupe Fiasco acknowledged the situation and stated that actions were being taken. Gomez, a 25-year-old from St. Louis, has advertised herself as a real estate investor, financier, and former NCAA Division I swimmer in her campaign. Alongside her controversial video, she has also posted content featuring her handling firearms, including a previous video where she used a flamethrower to burn books with LGBTQ+ themes.

The Kansas City Star highlighted the sensitive nature of public book burnings and the historical implications associated with such acts. Gomez’s campaign director responded to the backlash by stating that individuals are free to be gay but should not do so around children. The statement also contained common far-right grievances surrounding drag shows, pronouns, and transgender rights.

The upcoming race for Missouri secretary of state has gained attention as Gomez has aligned herself with Donald Trump‘s claims of electoral fraud. Independent non-profit Ballotpedia has positioned her as a leading candidate in a field of eight Republicans, including members of the state house and senate.

Rachel Adams

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