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December 12, 2020 04:31 PM UTC

Pro-Trump Rally at Colo Capitol: China Rigged Election, U.S. Will Wage War

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  • by: Erik Maulbetsch

(Looks chilly – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

A Trump supporter blows a ram’s horn under a pro-militia flag to open the “Stop the Steal” rally on Saturday.

Freezing weather didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the 60 or so Trump supporters who gathered outside the Colorado’s Capitol today to support a group that claims China rigged the election and predicts the U.S. will go to war against the Asian nation.

The rally, is one of dozens of similar events taking place across the country today under the “Stop the Steal” banner. The Denver event is co-branded with the religious right “Jericho March” (happening today in Washington, D.C.) and a pair of pro-Trump groups.

The Supreme Court’s swift rejection of the Texas lawsuit yesterday didn’t dissuade them either, as they are yet again calling for the court to “Stop the Steal,” which appears to mean cancel the election results and order state legislatures to choose new electors.

It was promoted by the brand-new conservative group United States Election Integrity Project (USEIP). Organizer Dave Roach says the group “sprang out of the chaos after the election.” He acknowledged that the group is new (its website URL was registered on Dec. 4) and linked to national interests. He told the crowd that since its inception the group has grown to over 100 members.

Attendees carried Trump and Gasden “Don’t Tread On Me” flags, as well as handwritten “Stop The Steal” and “Stay In The Fight” signs. One waved a Three Percenter militia flag. The group gathered on the lower landing near Broadway. A pair of women heralded the beginning of the event, one playing a bugle and the other a shofer, which is a traditional Jewish wind instrument carved from a ram’s horn.

Addressing the crowd, USEIP’s Roach stated now-familiar claims that the election wasn’t fair and had been stolen from President Trump. He noted that while some Trump supporters have been calling for civil war, he didn’t think that should happen because he doesn’t believe “fellow Americans” were responsible for rigging the election. Instead he blamed China.

Roach claimed without evidence that Chinese money “funded the voting machines” and that there are “reports of hundreds of thousands of ballots counterfeited in China and sent here to swing states.”

“China was behind everything,” Roach said. “It is not our fellow Americans we will have war with- it is China! The Chinese Communist Party is evil!”

Another group of racial justice advocates and Black Lives Matter supporters occupied the upper area, where they called for accountability for the U.S. Marshalls who shot and killed Ohio resident Casey Goodson, an unarmed black man who was carrying a bag of sandwiches. The two groups mostly kept apart, though individuals did have some polite conversations.

Roach also says his group is responsible in part for the Legislative Audit Committee’s “election integrity” hearing set for Tuesday morning at the Capitol. He says the group worked with Rep. Kevin Van Winkle (R-Highlands Ranch) to initiate the hearing. A message requesting comment from Van Winkle was not immediately returned. This article will be updated with any response.

Several statehouse Republicans have promoted the hearing as an investigation into potential election fraud. The press release specifically references the conspiracy theory that Denver-based Dominion Voting, which provided voting machines and software to almost every county in Colorado and most states across the nation, was involved in a plot to tip the both the national presidential election to President-elect Biden as well as local elections to Democrats.

USEIP supports the Dominion Voting conspiracy theory. In a letter attacking Colorado GOP chair Ken Buck and a trio of Republican county clerks for hosting a voting security panel that concluded Colorado’s elections were safe and secure, USEIP accused them of “an orchestrated, coordinated and manipulative narrative intended to gaslight and pacify the people of Colorado.”

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13 thoughts on “Pro-Trump Rally at Colo Capitol: China Rigged Election, U.S. Will Wage War

      1. It’s definitely no great talent, the laughable ridiculousness of the silly subject matter — all those drum-beating, horn blowing, brave patriotic heroes publicly pledging to the sacrifices of war (except, of course, that intolerable freedom-destroying inconvenience of having to wear a mask in public for a few months) — makes it almost an automatic.

      1. Oh, I like that. Maybe we should start referring to them as "brown pants" rather than "brown shirts." First time tragedy, second time farce, and all that.

  1. Good to have some coverage of the gathering of 60 people.

    By contrast, CPR reported about three weeks ago that:

    The groceries are free at Jewish Family Service’s Weinberg Food Pantry. It operates three days a week and in the long months since the pandemic started, business has quadrupled from 40 households per day to 160 per day, said Shelly Hines,

    I know which demonstration I consider more significant.

  2. Dear Mr Trump

    It’s taken me a while to realize this and to admit it, but I’m grateful to you.

    I spent a good deal of time lamenting your campaign and the poison it has so effortlessly generated, and your Presidency which is doing even greater damage than I ever imagined. I’ve watched our country imploding, our public discourse become polluted, our political climate grow ever more corrosive, and wrongly assumed you were to blame.

    It’s only lately I’ve come to understand that you haven’t manufactured our current national ugliness—you’ve simply revealed it and leveraged it.

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