Rep. Dave Williams Believes All The BS

Rep. Dave Williams (R).

That’s hard-right GOP Rep. Dave Williams of Colorado Springs, who has taken it upon himself to become one of the louder detractors from the week-plus of protests in Denver over the alleged murder of George Floyd in police custody–loudly demanding that more cops show up to crack more skulls and applauding President Donald Trump’s bellicose mismanagement of the ongoing situation.

In the Tweet you can see above sent yesterday, Williams claims that a flyer proclaiming among other things “Death to America is all we need” was found among trash left behind by protesters in Denver. “Republicans are not actual humans, they are sub-human troglidytes [sic] and God approves of killing them,” screams this flyer in language that oddly resembles the Westboro Baptist Church protests against LGBT people.

The problem, as Michael Karlik of the Colorado Springs Gazette reported on June 3, days before Rep. Williams’ Tweet, is that this letter is 1. from a website in California and 2. almost certainly fake:

The image originated on a Facebook page titled “Californuzuela,” which labels itself as a news and media organization whose mission is to “bring awareness to the dangerous path of Socialism and the future of California.”

The page is filled with news articles about “antifa,” the abbreviation for the anti-fascist movement whose members aggressively counter-protest right-wing demonstrations. Californuzuela posted on Tuesday morning, “ANTIFA recruitment flyers being passed out last night in Denver,” with the image attached. As of Wednesday morning, 197 people had shared it…

“The first hint [that it is fake] is that it’s a call to Democrats – leftist protestors do not identify as democrats,” wrote Showing Up for Racial Justice, a white-led anti-racism group. “It’s also clearly worded to incite violence, which is a far right tactic, and protestors do not advocate violence.”

…After Colorado Politics contacted Californuzuela with a series of questions, the webpage updated the post with a label of “unsubstantiated.”

“Californuzuela,” which is a same we’re sad local Republicans didn’t think of because it’s much more clever than “Radicalifornia,” now says that “after reviewing, I could not find anything to substantiate the flyer image’s authenticity or where it originated.” Let’s be clear on this: the website originally responsible for spreading this image disowned it on June 3. This development was reported in Williams’ own hometown paper, the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Dave Williams Tweeted it out as fact on June 6.

You’re free to give Rep. Williams the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he didn’t see the news story days before he Tweeted debunking these flyers. But knowing Rep. Williams as we do, we see no reason to give him the benefit of the doubt on this or any other question of truthfulness. Let us know if he makes even a token attempt to correct the record.

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  1. MichaelBowman says:

    Americans by a 2-1 margin are more troubled by the actions of the police in the killing of George Floyd than by violence at some protests, and an overwhelming majority, 80%, feel the country is spiraling out of control, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll

    Poll: 80 percent of voters say things are out of control in the U.S.

     

  2. Diogenesdemar says:

    Ummm, Ok . . .

    . . . Oh, hell no!

    What has this reprehensible inciter douche ever done to deserve any benefit of the doubt?

    . . . Vermin Dave Williams was found among the trash in Colorado Springs . . .

  3. davebarnes says:

    “Republicans are not actual humans, they are sub-human troglodytes" is true.
    I wish for all of them to contract Covid-19 (the #TrumpVirus) and become very ill.

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      As a registered Republican, davebarnes, I’ll decline your “gentle invitation” to contract COVID-19 and become very ill.

      Perhaps you’re not aware that deprecatory prayer of this nature is used primarily by the far right wing, like the Westboro Baptist Church, in wishing ill on those who don’t share their agenda or ideology. 

      Live long and prosper.

      • Gilpin Guy says:

        I'm with him

      • davebarnes says:

        You can fix the registered GOPer part. You weren't born that way. It is a choice.

      • kwtree says:

        Uh-oh, CHB. We’re in agreement again. The thing is, we really are all connected. The inconsiderate chump who won’t wear a mask because “freedom” has kids who go to public school, and he probably shops at some places I do, and definitely breathes the same air. The virus doesn’t discriminate based on voter registration.

        And I still have Republicans I care about, like most of my ex in laws living in heavily infested Trump country. Being Republican to them means, I think, desperately trying to hold on to the Way Things Were in the Good Old Days. They’re misinformed, selfish, and enjoying white privilege, but they don’t deserve to die for it. 
         

        But they are at higher risk for dying…the virus is rampaging through red states  and Trump districts, helped along by no mask “freedom” and meat packing plants. It’s also taking a heavy toll in urban high poverty areas among communities of color. There isn’t any justice in viral spread. It is opportunistic. 

        • Conserv. Head Banger says:

          “The Way Things Were in the Good Old Days…..”  Whether people like it or not, these are the “good old days.”

          I went to high school with black kids. Had a black roommate in college for a while. When I began working in the early ’70s, I found out what a “black bar” is (hint: you walk in and you’re the only white person in there). One of my best friends at work for a few years, until he moved on to pastures “greener” than working for the state of Indiana, was black. I was the only white groomsman in his wedding. 

          Colorado has been much the same. Only people I discriminate against are far right Trump groupies & religionists who don’t believe in “compassionate conservatism.” And even then, I wish them peace, and I don’t care what the far right, ammo-sexual, gun boys do behind closed doors with their AR-15 barrels.

  4. 2Jung2Die says:

    I talked to God, listened to the casual reply, and said reply was that God doesn't approve of killing anybody, hence a reasonably clear Commandment saying "thou shalt not."

    • Voyageur says:

      When I talked to God he saidhe approved of killing a great many people  including every man, woman and child in Jerico and other cities conquered by his chosen people.  The Old Testament is a blueprint for genocide.

      • 2Jung2Die says:

        Well, there's that. I am hereby found guilty of taking Moses' messaging campaign, the stone-tablet predecessor to social media, too literally. In my defense, I was listening to John Denver when I talked to God.

  5. JohnInDenver says:

    Wonder if Rep. Williams is so credulous of ALL the things that pop into his mailbox. 

    He is in good company … Dr. Dobson included mention of the flyer in his broadcast.

    So did a conservative blog The Donald Win and the webpage of A conservative Georgia chaplain.

     

  6. kwtree says:

    Dave Williams is a rage-filled, homophobic bigot. He needs to follow his HD15 predecessor, Gordon Klingenschmitt, down the path of political irrelevance.

    Klingenschmitt has now lost the following races: a Colorado Senate primary, his bid to be GOP state party chairman, a Colorado Springs City Council race, and the Colorado Supreme Court just declined to place him onto the EPCO county commissioner ballot even though Klingenschmitt claimed they were so unfair to him. 
     

    Klingenschmitt can always make millions fleecing pensioners with his religious garble, and Williams can go back to working in his father in law’s Chinese import business – the only job he ever held before “representing” HD15. 
     

    Surely even EPCO voters deserve competent representation.
     

    • notaskinnycook says:

      I’m not sure about that, Kwtree. With a track record of voting for those two, they seem mighty gullible. I think they may be getting the representation they deserve.

       

  7. NOV GOP meltdown says:

    This flyer is an obvious plant. Liberals can spell.

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