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Michele Fiore, a Republican and "pro-Trump" member of the Las Vegas City Council, introduced her campaign platform by firing bullets at beer bottles labeled "CRT," "vaccine mandate," and "voter fraud" in the video. Each bottle was apparently meant to represent a point of her proposed "three-shot plan" to "ban vaccine mandates, ban critical race theory, and stop voter fraud."
"We need outsiders, fighters, not the same old, boring, moderate, compromise, blue-blazer politicians," Fiore said before whipping out a handgun.
Fiore touted her status as the first female Republican majority leader in the Nevada Assembly and one of the first elected officials to support former President Donald Trump in the ad, which showed her driving a pickup truck with a bumper sticker reading, "Trump 2024: Take America back."
The three topics have caused deep divisions between Republicans and Democrats, as the national conversation surrounding critical race theory, voter fraud, and vaccine mandates shifts to the state and local levels. Democrats have argued that Republicans' objections to educators teaching students about critical race theory, which holds that U.S. institutions are inherently racist and overblown, with Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe calling the theory a "dog whistle."
Democrats have also supported strict COVID-19 protocols, with Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, a Democrat, establishing a vaccine mandate for all state employees that has been met with criticism from the Right, including gubernatorial challenger and former Sen. Dean Heller, who said that he would oppose state mandates on masks and vaccines if elected.
While the GOP has pushed for enhanced election security in the aftermath of Trump's 2020 defeat by President Joe Biden, a call echoed by Adam Laxalt, a Republican candidate for Nevada Senate who said he would "try to tighten up the election" before votes were cast, election officials and those on the Left have pushed back on this notion, saying votes were secure and that audits and recounts have affirmed Biden's victory at the state level in swing states such as Georgia and Arizona.
Other GOP candidates have included depictions of weapons being used to target objects of political opposition, such as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's map showing congressional districts Republicans hoped to flip under stylized crosshairs.
There are eight Republicans running in the crowded Republican primary for governor. The primaries will take place on June 14, 2022. The winners of the primaries will run in the general election on Nov. 8, 2022.
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