Several Colorado Republican leaders are calling for El Paso County GOP Chair Vickie Tonkins to resign after she used the party’s official Facebook page to ask followers if they believe the COVID-19 pandemic is a manufactured hoax.
Especially as the election nears, political entities that post fake news on their Facebook pages will face massive public backlash, right? Let’s hope so.
The Jefferson County Republican Party shared a deceptive video clip of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN5) that had been edited to make it appear as though she endorsed the “profiling & monitoring…of white men.” The party wrote that her words were “extremely racist” and asserted that “white men are not radical.”
A Facebook post by Chaffee County, Colorado, Republicans claimed “Trump Family Donates $1 Billion To Wall Fund,” and that is simply not true.
UPDATE: The party has deleted the post from its Facebook page.
A Colorado state senator shared a meme of an old fake news story claiming that President Obama replaced American flags in the White House with a “Muslim prayer curtain,” presumably as a nod to his “true” religion.
Colorado Republicans continue to share fake news and photoshopped images. This installment focuses not on candidates or elected officials, but rather other well-known party luminaries whose support can make or break those hoping to represent the party in November.
Colorado Republicans’ love of fake news continues unabated since last month’s round-up. Two official county party pages, along with other GOP officials and leaders, are still sharing verifiably false memes and stories.
In the last two weeks, one Colorado state Representative, two former representatives and one perennial candidate have all shared fake news posts to their Facebook pages.