A Michigan attorney general is facing criticism after she suggested that there should be “a drag queen for every school.”
Attorney General Dana Nessel made the comments during a civil rights summit in Lansing, Michigan, on Wednesday.
Nessel is the first openly gay person voted into statewide office in Michigan.
“Drag queens make everything better. Drag queens are fun,” she is quoted as saying by Detroit News reporter Craig Mauger.
“A drag queen for every school,” she reportedly added. Mauger went on to tweet that Nessel admitted her comment had not been poll-tested.
Matt DePerno, the Republican candidate for attorney general, pummeled Nessel for the bizarre comments.
“Dana Nessel continues to show just how completely out of touch she is with Michiganders,” said DePerno in a statement.
DePerno criticized Nessel for backing the school lockdown measures during the pandemic.
“Students in the third grade are behind on their reading, our test scores are some of the worst in the country thanks to these disastrous COVID lockdowns and she calls for drag shows for kindergartners,” he added.
Tudor Dixon, the Republican candidate for Michigan governor, also criticized the comments.
“When I am governor, schools will answer to local parents, not progressive activists, drag queens, and trans-supremacists,” Tudor tweeted. “The days of radical activist politicians sexualizing our kids are over.”
Drag shows at public schools have become a contentious issue in the national debate about sex and gender roles. Parents have expressed outrage at several incidents where drag shows were performed for children at high schools without permission from parents. In one instance from Pennsylvania, a drag show was performed in a meeting of the “Genders Sexualities Alliance” club after school hours.
Nessal made headlines in March 2021 when she admitted that she was politically motivated when she pressed charges against a restaurant owner for flouting the pandemic lockdown rules.