The Denver City Council should censor Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca for endorsing threats of violence against the public using the coronavirus as a weapon, says Kristina Cook chair of the Denver County Republican Party.
Cook addressed the council Monday night and made a strong case for censure, to which no one on council responded, and no media we’ve seen has reported:
“If you believe as I do that all Denver residents deserve to share peacefully in that community, without fear of expressing a dissenting viewpoint – and if you further believe that as our elected representatives on the city council, you have a special duty to seek that community for all of Denver’s residents – I strongly urge you to censure Councilwoman CdeBaca for her endorsement of a threat against those she disagrees with politically, and further censure her for using her official government social media account to do so.”
Cook is correct, no one is holding CdeBaca accountable because her inexcusable remarks and action were directed towards Republicans and a president who is wildly unpopular on the far left.
Imagine if a police officer had made the same retweet response on a similar message that targeted a hip hop concert instead of a Republican rally.
The media would not be making excuses and the council would not look the other way.
Cook went on to correctly describe how the culture in the Denver area has progressed to where verbal and physical attacks against Republicans have become implicitly okay.
Like we said, even the media is making excuses for CdeBaca’s claim she was just being sarcastic — as if sarcasm, laughing, or making jokes about killing people was ever okay for anyone in a position of power, let alone an elected official.
That CdeBaca did so on an official social media account comes with the implicit endorsement of the full council, the mayor, and the city as well.
At what point will the council decide that laughing emojis in conjunction with messages of intentionally spreading the virus are in direct opposition to the stated goals of Denver, the U.S. and other countries around the world to contain the spread of the coronavirus?
When people start dying in Colorado, is that when CdeBaca’s behavior will no longer be acceptable?
Here’s Cook’s full statement:
Good evening, Council. My name is Kristina Cook. I am the chairwoman of the Denver County Republican Party, and I am speaking here as its official spokesperson.
I’m appearing here tonight because actions should have consequences. Councilwoman CdeBaca’s February 28 tweet endorsing a threat of violence against innocent people deserves censure.
Let me begin my remarks by saying that no one should get death threats for things they say, and if Councilwoman CdeBaca is receiving such threats, I condemn them in no uncertain terms.
However, Councilwoman CdeBaca’s explicit endorsement of the tweet promising to bring the Coronavirus to President Trump’s supporters at rallies is itself a threat.
Using her official Twitter account to do so is unforgivable.
This threat is no less disturbing than had Councilwoman CdeBaca endorsed a tweet of a plan to bomb a MAGA rally, or to release sarin gas into a MAGA rally.
We have developed a culture where verbal and physical attacks against Republicans have become implicitly okay.
As a Republican who has lived in Denver County for 11 years, I have been attacked, threatened and targeted by those who don’t share my political ideology.
In 2017, I was physically attacked along with other volunteers by ANTIFA at PrideFest for publicly supporting both the LGBTQ community and President Trump. Bystanders did nothing except video it on their phones. The police did not respond. Violence against Republicans was shown to be implicitly okay.
In 2019, I was physically bullied by a school board candidate at the MLK Marade, targeted for my skin color and my political affiliation. Bystanders did nothing. Violence against Republicans was shown to be implicitly okay.
I am probably inviting more threats by daring to show my face here this evening to make this statement.
But it is time for someone to stand up and say that inciting violence is NOT okay. It is not okay for anyone – let alone our elected officials – to endorse or condone violence against members of our community simply because they believe in different solutions than yours to the problems we face.
Councilwoman CdeBaca’s tweet was an EXPLICIT endorsement of violence against Republicans, against innocent people she does not know. This is NOT okay.
We have the opportunity to create a community in Denver that transcends political ideology, a community where we come together to find the best solutions by listening to all voices. Solutions that are innovative, that reflect the grit and the pioneering spirit that built Denver on the banks of the South Platte 162 years ago. That same spirit can live in Denver today.
That community cannot be created when our elected officials stir up hate and division, and believe that some of our residents should be sacrificed because they believe in different solutions than they do.
If you believe as I do that all Denver residents deserve to share peacefully in that community, without fear of expressing a dissenting viewpoint – and if you further believe that as our elected representatives on the city council, you have a special duty to seek that community for all of Denver’s residents – I strongly urge you to censure Councilwoman CdeBaca for her endorsement of a threat against those she disagrees with politically, and further censure her for using her official government social media account to do so.
Denver should be a city that is safe for all of us. Please do your part to make it so.