To get a sense of just how deep the partisan divide goes in Colorado, take a look at Ken Buck, who’s running in an obscure election to lead the Colorado Republican Party.
Buck is already known nationally as a leader of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of the most conservative Congresspeople, unafraid to drive fellow conservatives nuts with their ideological stands on immigration, healthcare, guns, and more.
In recent days, Buck is speaking up here in Colorado, hoping Republican voters are listening.
Buck is adamantly opposing legislation that would require criminal background checks when you transfer a gun to non-family member, even if you know the person (family members are excluded).
Bucks moans that this wouldn’t allow a priest from seeing “someone that might hurt himself and [saying], ‘Give me that gun.'”
But, Buck objects, the law would stop a foster parent from giving his or her foster child a gun.
Ironic, says Buck, because Democratic policies have “caused the breakdown of the family in this country.”
“And those people that are really suffering as a result of Democratic policies — the War on Poverty has created more poverty – that those people (foster children) that are suffering as a result of Democratic policies now, are going to be prosecuted under this law,” Buck told KHOW’s Krista Kafer.
“Democrats’ hypocrisy knows no bounds!”
Buck likes to talk about hypocrisy. He’s written a book about Washington D.C. that’s overflowing with the word.
But that didn’t stop Buck this week from coming out in favor of Trump’s state of emergency, even though Buck went on and on, for years, about the horrors of Obama’s alleged executive overreach to, among other things, stop the deportation young immigrants who came here as kids and know no other country as their home but America.
“It’s a failure of Congress, certainly,” Buck told KOA, in explaining his support of the state of emergency. “The fact that the Congress is not recognizing the terrible situation we have in this country with heroin, the fact that this Congress is not recognizing the terrible situation we have with transnational gangs that are crossing our southern border, I think is a failure. I think the emergency is that Congress is not acting when it knows the facts.”
But, as has been reported over and over again, the reality and the facts about immigration don’t support Trump’s cry for a wall–or Buck’s.
But will Colorado Republicans, as they vote for their state leader, shun Buck’s hypocrisy or lap it up?
Listen to Ken Buck on KHOW Discuss Gun Checks: