Michigan attorney general Dana Nessel (D.) said Wednesday that drag queens ought to be in every school.
Nessel, who is best known for passing out drunk in the stands after two Bloody Marys at the 2021 Michigan-Michigan State football game, admitted she did not poll-test the idea before floating it at a civil rights conference in Lansing.
"A drag queen for every school! That is what would be fun for the kids and lift them up when they are having emotional issues," Nessel said. "Drag queens—not only are they not hurting our kids—drag queens make everything better! Drag queens are fun."
The attorney general made the remarks by way of saying she doesn't understand why the electorate is deeply divided over social issues. She said that state leaders should ignore "wedge issues" and come together in pursuit of common goals, such as education and health care.
Nessel's "drag queens for any age" platform is a marked contrast with states like Texas and Florida, where exposing children to pornified dancers giving lewd performances can trigger a child abuse investigation.
Her comments also stand in contrast with her sprawling probe of sex abuse in the Catholic Church. Nessel's long-running investigation, which covers allegations going back decades, has netted fewer than a dozen indictments. And the probe is larger than her office's investigation of Michigan State University and Dr. Larry Nasser, the physician who assaulted over 250 young girls in his role as team doctor for the U.S. women's gymnastics team, according to the Detroit News.
Nessel is seeking a second term this November. Her Republican challenger, Kalamazoo lawyer Matthew DePerno, said the comments show her unfitness for office.
"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 Kindergarteners," DePerno said.