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May 01, 2020 06:11 PM UTC

Photos: Anti-Quarantine Protest at Colorado Capitol

  • by: Erik Maulbetsch
Republican state Reps. Mark Baisley & Shane Sandridge among protesters at anti-quarantine rally.

(Every picture says a thousand stupid words – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Colorado Times Recorder reporter Madeleine Schmidt co-authored this post.

Approximately 250 people rallied at the capitol today against public health orders aiming to stop the spread of COVID-19, many of them equating such orders to “tyranny” and criticizing Gov. Jared Polis’ leadership. Very few wore masks or practiced social distancing.

Two Colorado lawmakers attended the protest. State Reps. Mark Baisley (R-Roxborough Park) and Shane Sandridge (R-Colorado Springs) chatted and mingled with other protestors in front of the Capitol.

Sandridge said he heard about the rally in an email from legislative staff. He said he expected Minority Leader Patrick Neville (R-Castle Rock) to attend as well, but that the Republican caucus hadn’t done any official organizing around the event.

Like the majority of attendees, neither legislator used a mask, though Sandridge did have a cloth gaiter around his neck.

Asked about his decision not wear one, Sandridge dismissed the need for wearing facial coverings outdoors.

“I just don’t think people are into masks,” he said. “Not outside.”

At least one counter-protester was in attendance. Dave Rodriguez, a retired nurse practitioner, wore protective gear as he stood across the street from the protesters.

Retired nurse practitioner Dave Rodriguez, who supports the public health order, counter-protested from across the street

“They talk about right to life, but what about my right to life?” Rodriguez said, adding that his age makes him vulnerable to the virus and that he’s concerned for his mother who lives in a nursing home.

“Your rights don’t mean anything if you’re dead,” he said. “And if you have a family member who dies, how valuable are your rights to them?

“We should all be supportive of the governor for going above and beyond what the federal government has done,” he added.

At least two attendees showed their support of the Q-Anon conspiracies via their signs or clothing.





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15 thoughts on “Photos: Anti-Quarantine Protest at Colorado Capitol

  1. Nice that the protesters pictured didn’t feel the moment required bringing their weapons.  And it is a consistent gamble to show up (and bring the kids) for a group outing without wearing a mask.

    Those who didn’t show up — the 43 dead included in the newest COVID-19 report.  Or the 737 confirmed COVID-19 cases and the 222 probable cases listed as being in the hospital in Colorado (From the 88% of hospitals which reported).  Or anyone from the 161 institutions with “outbreaks” of disease.  And probably not the 484 newly listed confirmed cases.

  2. For those who compare Polis to Hitler, I'll just leave this here:

    Some 75 million people died in World War II, including about 20 million military personnel and 40 million civilians, many of whom died because of deliberate genocide, massacres, mass-bombings, disease, and starvation

  3. At some point history books will include photos like these as derisive evidence of 20th century white America's last stand, much as they do images from the Jim Crow South. I do hope I live to see it.

    1. I'm with you, Meiner. 

      My childhood and adolescence were spent in Georgia and eastern Kentucky in the 50s and 60s.

      I hope I do, too.

    1. Yeah, I got there eventually, after I was hung up for awhile on the “Open Our Hospitals” one???

      . . . maybe he had his cosmetic surgery postponed?

    1. My guess: they think a single 'K' can the the place of three? "Give me back my rugged, boot-strapped Colorado with a 'C'!! 

      1. Need to be clear, though, that these so-called "patriots" are actually the dupes and tools of the real fascists, the far right wing. 

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