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August 05, 2020 04:34 AM MDT

Colorado Militia Member Appears to Threaten Fellow El Paso County Statehouse Candidate

  • by: Erik Maulbetsch
(Promoted by Colorado Pols)
Three Percenter militia sniper, Colorado Springs BLM protest, June 6. Photo by Heidi Beedle, Colorado Springs Independent

A Three Percenter militia Facebook page that appears to be run by Libertarian statehouse candidate Nathan Foutch posted threats against retired Army Lt. Colonel John Foley, who is also running for a statehouse seat (as a Democrat) in El Paso County.

In a June 18 Facebook post, Foley objected to members of the “Three Percenters” militia setting up a sniper position atop a parking garage in downtown Colorado Springs during a June 6 Black Lives Matter protest. Foley wrote,

“This is the face of hate and extremist in our Colorado Springs community and why I oppose the Three Percenter extremist group,” wrote Foley on his campaign Facebook page. “They set up a sniper position, with a spotting scope and suppressors and bipod legs, overlooking the peaceful BLM rally on 6 June. This was a clear act of hateful intimidation. Let’s join together and say NO to such hate and extremism.”

Posts and comments made by the Real Three Percenters Colorado Facebook Page refer to Foutch in the first person.

On June 19, the page shared Foley’s Facebook post with the comment, “Get a load of this tyrant. Time to get the ropes ready.”

The following day Foutch then commented on Foley’s page saying he was “spreading fear-based propaganda for [his] anti-gun agenda.”

Foutch went on to call Foley “a Communist who will be dealt with accordingly when the times comes for your treason.”

When Foley reshared the comment noting that it proved his point about the Three Percenters being a threat, Foutch responded “What a bitch of a man. Now he will twist it into a threat to pander to the other pussies in El Paso County.”

Reached for comment, Foley said he’d decided against contacting authorities, but he expressed concern over the Three Percenters’ belief in a wholly “unregulated militia.”

“I got into this race because my opponent sided with the Three Percenters and stood with them on the steps of the Colorado Capitol,” said Foley, referencing the “We Will Not Comply” rally that took place on Dec. 7, 2019. Members of the American Patriots III% militia provided security for the event, which concluded with Rep. Shane Sandridge (R-Colorado Springs) exhorting law enforcement to refuse to follow state law. “That was a disturbing scene, siding with a militia group,” said Foley.

The Southern Poverty Law Center lists four Three Percenter anti-government extremists groups in Colorado, two of which it considers to be militias.

Foley continued by clarifying his own position on the Second Amendment.

“I’m a big gun-rights supporter,” he said. “I own a lot of weapons, but everyone needs to leave their weapons at home. I get flak from both sides because I don’t believe in this open-carry mentality or this militia/mob mentality- on either side. Conceal carry is great. And open-carry for pistol- I like the ability to do that on certain occasions, such as when I’m in the national forest where there are bears and cougars. But in densely urban areas, open carry is just unwarranted.”

According to the Colorado Springs Independent, the Three Percenters at the June 6 rally claimed to be there to protect property from “antifa looters,” and to support law enforcement. Indeed the Indy reported that they were in contact with the Colorado Springs Police Department.

The Real Three Percenters Colorado page has also attacked law enforcement officers, posting on June 6:

“All cops are bastards. If you are a LEO supporter, get the fuck off of this page. You are an enemy of the People. Police have a monopoly on violence. They are just smart enough to follow orders, yet too stupid to question said orders. ‘Just following orders’ is using the Nuemburg [sic] excuse, as in the Nazi trials. There is no such thing as a good cop. #acab”

The page also posted an image supporting the so-called “Boogaloo” movement, a loose-knit group of anti-government gun enthusiasts which was recently flagged by the FBI as a domestic terror threat.

Back in April, Foutch used the Real Three Percenters Colorado page to promote his statehouse campaign as the Libertarian candidate for House District 18 in Western El Paso County.

In a follow-up comment, Foutch posted (as the page account): “Freedom and liberty have been tread upon. I want to bring the Constitution back into our lives. The masses have forgotten about what it stands for. I will fight for the individual, which is the smallest minority.”

Numerous attempts to reach Foutch via phone, email and Facebook were unsuccessful. This article will be updated with any response received.


4 thoughts on “Colorado Militia Member Appears to Threaten Fellow El Paso County Statehouse Candidate

  1. Foley wants open carry in the national forest where there are bears and cougars….

    Huh?? Foley must not know much about being in the forest where large predators seldom are even seen by humans, let alone humans being bothered. Mr. Foley has far more to fear from far right wing militia thugs, like this guy, than big predators.

    1. Yep … I used to go into portions of national forest / national parks / state parks where there were rumors of cougars, bob cats, and bears — sometimes even official signs that said they were around.  In the years I went, I once caught a glimpse of a cougar.  Looking from that spot, I found its foot print trail — making it look as if the cat had been watching me as I walked by, then followed briefly.

  2. What John Foley fought for was the right not to be intimidated into silence by two-bit assholes like Foutch, who dress up like soldiers with none of the discipline or patriotism of real soldiers. 

    And “ bullshit” is right – why the hell aren’t Denver police and Colorado State Patrol * investigating Foutch for attempted assassination, threatening mayhem, or something,  for having a freaking sniper nest set up aimed at Civic Center?

    Has everyone forgotten that live fire almost hit Senator Lesley Herod when she stood with protesters in May? Did they even check to see if Foutch fired? 

    Can anyone get away with threatening civilians if they are white, well-armed, and batshit crazy?

    Love to hear Negev’s take on this – he probably knows and supports Foutch…probably a repeat customer. Negev, is setting up a machine gun aimed at civilians covered under the Second? Where do their rights under the First come in? 

    *CSP is responsible for Capitol security. 

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