This morning, freak-right GOP Rep. Dave Williams of Colorado Springs released a letter he sent to President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr, “formally” requesting the deployment of federal riot control police to Denver–where Mayor Michael Hancock this week joined with over a dozen mayors of major U.S. cities in demanding federal forces stand down from their highly controversial attacks on and arrests of protesters near federal property.
Although Williams’ call for federal stormtroopers in the streets of a city he does not represent is ostensibly based on “violence” Williams claims without factual basis “is at an all time high,” this letter is perhaps more notable for its unexplained and bizarre drift into a wide range of grievances against Gov. Jared Polis over the management of the COVID-19 pandemic–management which President Donald Trump has praised. Here are a few excerpts that we have to say raise some urgent questions about Williams’ mental state:
As a lawmaker representing Colorado House District 15, I officially request that your administration expand its “Operation Legend” efforts to include Colorado, specifically in the city of Denver as violent, deadly crime is on an upswing according to many news reports.
Sadly, the violence is being largely ignored by radical Democrats who are in a position to stop it…
Governor Polis, who is refusing to restore law and order by stopping these criminals, is instead punishing hard-working, honest citizens who are desperately trying to pay their bills and make ends meet while the economy is artificially shut down.
By using the Chinese coronavirus pandemic as an excuse for his unprecedented power grabs, Governor Polis is issuing unconstitutional mandates that have shuttered businesses, churches, schools, and other community activities. His latest two orders were a statewide mask mandate and an order for restaurants to stop serving alcohol by 10pm.
Colorado is going too far with these restrictions and a recent study that was reported by the Colorado news publication, Westword, found that Colorado was one of the most restrictive states in the country…
Governor Polis, in his smug arrogance, is violating the right of citizens to freely make health care decisions for themselves and families while also coddling criminals who are continuously encouraged to violate the rule of law by the Governor’s willful inaction to protect the public he falsely claims to serve.
Mr. President, we need your help now more than ever.
We’re obliged to ask: does Rep. Williams want federal stormtroopers in Denver to stop the violence he falsely claims is at an “all-time high”–or does Williams want federal troops to intimidate Gov. Polis? We assume Williams’ request for “legal assistance” to Minority Leader Patrick Neville for his
fundraising ploy lawsuit over the statewide mask order is distinct from this letter’s primary purpose of requesting federal troops be deployed to Denver–but the distinction gets a bit, you know, muddled.
And every time we give Rep. Williams the benefit of the doubt, we end up regretting it.