Republican candidate’s ‘weak and gay’ campaign ad sparks comedic pushback

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05/23/2024

Her message? “Don’t be weak and gay.” In turn, the response on social media was strong and decidedly gay. Valentina Gomez, one of eight Republican candidates in the race to be Missouri’s next secretary of state, on Sunday posted a provocative campaign video on X in which she jogs along a quiet road in a weighted vest and pink flower-print shorts. “In America, you can be anything you want,” Gomez says, slightly out of breath. “So don’t be weak and gay. Stay f—ing hard.” Gomez, 25, a Colombian immigrant and real estate investor, concludes the video with an image smiling and holding what appears to be an assault-style rifle. A large American flag is to her right, a pickup truck is just behind her, and Lupe Fiasco’s “The Show Goes On” is turned up. (Fiasco appeared to address the ad Tuesday, writing on X that his team is “currently taking action.”)

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