Claims that a Republican state senator running for Missouri governor participated in a book burning at a recent GOP event have been proven false, but he says he will it is to “wake up pornography books” when they end up in state schools.
In a now-viral video, Senator Bill Eigel can be seen burning cardboard boxes with State Sen. Nick Schroer, another Missouri Republican, during St. Charles County Freedom Fest event outside St. Louis on Sept.
The video drew criticism after a user on X, formerly of Twitter, said the two senators were “in a literal book burning” – a post that has since been fact-checked by Snopes saying it was not. that is the case.
Eigel himself responded to the post by saying that the burning cardboard boxes represented his plan to deal with “leftist policies” and “RINO corruption” in Jefferson City, the state capital.
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“In the video, I take a flame thrower(sic) to the cardboard boxes that represent what I’m going to do with leftist RINO policies and corruption in the Jeff City swamp,” Eigel wrote on X. “But let’s be clear Come on, you Take those woke pornography books into Missouri schools to try to brainwash our kids, and I’ll burn those too – on the front lawn of the governor’s mansion.”
Freedom Fest organizer Debbie McFarland said the false claims about books being burned at the event “fit a narrative they want to put out there” that “just didn’t happen,” according to in The Associated Press.
After the claims were proven false — and a note was added to the video stating so — some social media users who criticized Eigel and Schroer’s actions changed their language to say that the incident is symbolic of a book burning.
“A community note is helpful here,” wrote Jonathan Riley, the X user who initially said the video showed “a literal book burning.” “I admit I mistook this metaphorical book burning for a literal book burning. But the candidate for Governor in this video promised to burn books on the lawn of the Governor’s mansion if elected, so don’t -action that I am the one who is angry. .”
On Tuesday, a day after Eigel said he would burn “pornographic textbooks” if they put them in schools, he wrote in X:
“I take nothing back, make no apologies, and will fight to protect children every. single. time. The truth doesn’t matter to the Left—it’s the people who think men can get pregnant. Let’s Go Missouri!”
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Eigel continued the conversation Wednesday by claiming to X that the parents of St. Charles was upset by a book he found in a public library called “Bang Like a Porn Star.”
In a post accompanied by a photo of a flame, Eigel wrote that the book should be “burned, bulldozed, or launched into space before being allowed into the hands of children.”
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According to St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the book in question was found in the adult section of the library and “features interviews with many gay adult movie stars and includes photos detailing various sex acts.” It is one of two books that members of the community described as highly sexual in public libraries in St. Charles County-City Library Board meeting on Tuesday.
Another book is “It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, Gender and Sexual Health,” which is on display at one of the library’s 12 branches, according to the outlet.