Drag queen claims Arizona GOP candidate Kari Lake is trying to 'pander' to Republicans

“明らかに, I’d seen Kari move to the right and still maintained my friendship with her… that wasn’t a disqualified for me,” リックスティーブンス, ドラッグ名BarbraSevilleでも行く人, said in an interview with Fox News Digital. “But when I saw that tweet, obviously it hurt my feelings. And it wasn’t the Kari like that I know.

湖, who is one of six candidates seeking the GOP nomination for Arizona governor, tweeted last week about education declining with the acceptance of drag queens.

They kicked God out of schools and welcomed the Drag Queens. They took down our Flag and replaced it with a rainbow. They seek to disarm Americans and militarize our Enemies,” 湖 ツイート 先週. “Let’s bring back the basic: Gods, Guns & Glory.

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After the tweet, Stevens said he tried to contact Lake — whom he said had been to drag shows and invited him to her house twice. Stevens said he tried to call, but it wouldn’t go through, and tried Facebook, which is when he found out Lake had blocked him.

Drag performer Richard Stevens, センター, as Barbra Seville

Drag performer Richard Stevens, センター, as Barbra Seville (Legendary Barbra Seville)

スティーブンス, who said he’s known Lake since the late 1990s, told Fox he viewed Lake as a liberal, but saw a shift in recent years.

“明らかに, she came to a drag show. 明らかに, she maintained a friendship with an openly gay man. So I definitely thought she was on the liberal spectrum. しかし、私は意味します, her actions show that, ええと, she’s moved, それ, ええと, you can’t — you can’t deny that,” 彼は言った.

それでも, he thinks Lake is at heart not against drag queens like him but is pandering to a conservative audience.

I still think this is to pander to a very specific audience… I don’t think that’s who she really is. I really, really don’t,” 彼が追加した.

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Lake denied Stevensclaim to have performed at her house and said that it was a drag show in a statement last weekend.

Richard’s accusations are full of lies. The event in question was a party at someone else’s house and the performer was there as a Marilyn Monroe impersonator. It wasn’t a drag show and the issue we’re talking about isn’t adults attending drag shows, いずれか. The issue is activists sexualizing children and that has got to stop,” 彼女は言いました.

Lake has made education a main focus of her campaign, including backing parents who were incensed that the Scottsdale Unified School District board maintained lists with personal information on parents.

Republican primary candidate for Arizona governor Kari Lake speaks at a rally held by former U.S. President Donald Trump in Florence, アリゾナ, 我ら。, 1月 15, 2022.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Republican primary candidate for Arizona governor Kari Lake speaks at a rally held by former U.S. President Donald Trump in Florence, アリゾナ, 我ら。, 1月 15, 2022. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

Stevens said the focus on drag queens in schools is a culture-war distraction from more pressing issues.

It’s easier to talk about protecting kids from drag queens than it is to protect kids from guns in schools. I don’t want to do drag in anybody’s school. I sort of made a joke that I don’t want to perform for kids. They don’t have any money, ええと, drag queens want to make a couple of bucks,” 彼は言った.

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If parents don’t want their children exposed to drag, they don’t have to take their kids to drag shows, Stevens said, but added that a nightclub drag event will be different from a show for a children’s birthday party.

There’s nothing to be afraid of. I don’t understand any of this. It’s false outrage. It’s a distraction,” Stevens said.

Stevens added that he would supportliterally anyone without a Republican after their name” にとって Arizona governor.

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