Last week, a cartoon appeared on the Jefferson County Republican Party’s Facebook page that depicted a caricature of President Joe Biden saying that “illegal immigrants and Afghan refugees” will be sent to Republican-dominated states.
In a radio interview last Thursday, Colorado Congressman Doug Lamborn pushed an unfounded conspiracy theory as to the origin of the COVID-19 virus, falsely accused Democrats and the top U.S. infectious disease expert of complicity in obstructing investigations, and misrepresented international virological research.
“We’re walking between the Capitol building and the police force…and this doesn’t feel right to me as a guy who knows a little bit about physical security,” state Rep. Ron Hanks (R-Penrose) said in a July 14 interview, recounting his own participation in the Jan. 6 rally and march to the U.S. Capitol that led to Trump supporters overwhelming police and storming the building.
As a reporter covering conservative politics, misinformation and conspiracy theories, I’m used to upsetting readers. Angry tweets and comments questioning my motives and talent are pretty standard, especially when I’m disputing a popular conspiracy theory.
“People judge you by the company you keep.”
Illustrating that the infighting among Colorado Republicans hasn’t abated, despite a string of election losses, Colorado Republican National Committeeman and talk radio host Randy Corporon is promoting a political action committee (PAC) called “Primary the Ruling Class” (PRC) taking aim at fellow Republicans who aren’t seen as “America First Patriots.”
Arvada ‘Good Samaritan,’ Who ‘Likely Saved Lives,’ Had Deep Ties to Extremist Gun and Conspiracy Group
We still don’t know many of the details about the recent shooting in Arvada that left two people dead in addition to the initial gunman: Arvada police officer Gordon Beesly and an armed bystander, John Hurley. The Arvada Police Department characterizes Hurley as a “Good Samaritan” and hero whose decision to draw his pistol and engage the shooter potentially saved lives.
Colo GOP Legislator Begs Activists at QAnon-Linked Anti-Vax Rally to ‘Continue To Broadcast the Facts’
Speaking to a crowd of anti-vaccine activists and QAnon followers at Saturday’s Worldwide Rally for Freedom, Colorado state Rep. Tonya Van Beber (R-Eaton) told the conspiracy theorists, “I’m begging you! I’m imploring you! You must continue to broadcast the facts!”
Conservative groups opposed to public health restrictions and vaccines are promoting yet another QAnon-linked rally at the state Capitol this weekend. The event itself is being organized by an anonymous group, Colorado Rising Up, that launched only weeks ago.
“You know the story about the Navajo Windtalkers in World War Two? Imagine if I was a German and I just happened to know Navajo, right? Then maybe I could break the code. Well, that’s what happened.”