This Is Not a Good Look for the Colorado Springs Gazette

Wayne and Dede Laugesen

The Washington Post has been conducting interviews with female voters in the suburbs of Atlanta and Denver, and today published a long story looking at how women are shaping the 2018 election. In what was probably an unintentional side-effect, the Post story also laid bare the right-wing leanings of the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Among the women included in the Post’s story is Dede Laugesen, the Republican political consultant and a former campaign operative with the Donald Trump for President campaign who is married to Wayne Laugesen, the Editorial Page Editor for the Colorado Springs Gazette newspaper. The Gazette is an unapologetically right-wing newspaper that has worked hard to carry water for Republicans in 2018, spinning for Mike Coffman and putting their thumb on the scale for Walker Stapleton. The Gazette is so far from the mainstream that it has even recently defended hate groups, but that wasn’t even their most ridiculous editorial; that honor goes to this stupendously dumb editorial in August that tried to defend Stapleton’s family history with the Ku Klux Klan by making a ridiculous argument that Jared Polis should also be dinged for white supremacist connections.

Political observers in Colorado know that the Gazette is a right-wing newspaper. That might not have been as obvious elsewhere, but it would be impossible to miss after reading about Dede Laugesen’s story in the Post:

In early 2015, Dede Laugesen attended the annual Conservative Political Action Conference with her husband in the Washington suburbs.

After Trump spoke, she walked to the press area in the back of the room, where her husband, the editorial page editor of the Colorado Springs Gazette, was sitting. “I said I think it’s Donald Trump,” Laugesen recalled. “He patted my shoulder and he said, ‘Oh honey, he’s not even going to run. . . . ’ And I said, ‘Well, that’s a shame, because I really think that he is the guy who could win.’ ”…

That right there should tell you plenty about the political leanings of the Editorial Page of the Colorado Springs Gazette, but we haven’t yet scratched the surface of this weirdness. Let’s keep reading:

…In the summer of 2016, she joined the Trump campaign, first as a volunteer and then as a member of the staff. On the day the “Access Hollywood” video was released, she was at the El Paso County Republican Party’s headquarters. “I remember taking a really deep breath, closing my computer, packing it up and walking out of the office without saying anything to anybody,” she said.

She prayed about it and pondered the salacious revelation and what it said about her candidate. She talked with her husband. “I found that my commitment to him was firm,” she said. [Pols emphasis] She reached that conclusion based on her faith, of “being a Catholic who is forgiving of sinners, recognizing that we all sinned and have things in our life that we’re not proud of.”

“And the Lord sayeth, thou shalt grab the woman by the pussy.”

— Nowhere in the Bible

Yes, friends, Dede Laugesen prayed about Donald Trump’s disgusting comments in the now-infamous “Access Hollywood Tape,” and the voice in her head replied, “Eh, whatever.”

You know, because Barack Obama. Back to the Washington Post:

Laugesen blames Obama for many of today’s political divisions. When President Barack Obama talked about change, she saw that as an effort to move the country “away from what we have been in the world, a constitutional republic, and moving us toward socialism.” Trump’s message, to make America great again, was a signal that he “wanted to return us to our roots and reaffirm the goodness that is America.”

She is skeptical about talk of a blue wave in November. She is puzzled by the polls that show so many women do not like the president. [Pols emphasis] “It’s hard for me,” she said. “I’ve always been one who gets along better with the guys than I do the girls. And maybe that’s why God made me mother to six boys. I like a guy who can speak his mind and get things done.”

And there you have it. Just remember this when the Gazette runs an editorial this weekend calling the Washington Post a “fake news source.”

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  1. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    Laugesen blames Obama for many of today’s political divisions.

     In a span of just over 30 days I've book-ended attendances at ag conferences, the first being the Forbes AgTech conference, today the National Black Farmers Association.  At the former I mingled with a sea of white folk with full access to technology, seed, finance and take-off agreements to make almost any scenario possible – with the bonus of federal subsidy programs that assure their year-to-year operations.  Today I dined with two African-American women, certified organic farmers from Alabama, who are struggling to survive.  This organization represents something close to 100,000 small plot farmers who were largely displaces during the tobacco buy-out.  It will come as a surprise to almost no regular on this page that the share-cropper farmers who once made a living growing tobacco for the plantation owner under his/her quota was left out of the buy-out program: that money flowed exclusively to the plantation owners.  

    Obama didn't create these divisions, Ms. Laugesen, he brought their voices to the bully pulpit (some, including myself, might argue he wasn’t forceful enough).  As a fellow Catholic I'm appalled at not only your ambivalence but that of my fellow community in Wray who can state, with a straight face, that Jared doesn't represent their values, yet the thrice-married, racist, bankrupt p****y grabber does.  

    I'm convinced we'll fix these structural problems, with our without you. (I'm guessing it will be the latter).  

  2. ParkHill says:

    How can you be forgiven for doing something you don't apologize for?

    How can you be forgiven for doing something you don't think is wrong?

    I was raised Catholic, and there is indeed something about forgiveness and penance in that faith. It involves going to confession. It's not theologically consistent because, based on that technicality you can do anything you want, because your sin can just be washed away. Easy-peasy: Say five hail marys and you get into heaven.

    On the other hand (since I grew up Catholic), I never did understand the evangelical idea that being a Christian is all about accepting Christ "into your heart". Once you've satisfied that technicality, you can do anything you want because ACTING like a Christian is irrelevant to BEING a Christian. 

    At least that's how theology seems to be applied to Trump.

    Does anyone know whether Trump has actually converted to Christianity? I always assumed his God was money, or himself, or Putin.

  3. ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

    Let me get this straight: Dede, who does not work at the Gazette, cannot have strong religious views on who to vote for because otherwise her husband’s employer is affected?

    That makes no sense.  Wayne is his own person.  Dede is her own person.  Wayne works at the Gazette.  Dede does not.

    I do not see how Dede having strong views, which I disagree with increasingly FWIW, has anything to do with her husband’s employment. 

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