The “Buckpedal” Is Back


Rep. Ken Buck (R).

Asked yesterday by the Colorado Sun if he blamed President Donald Trump for the violence committed by Trump’s supporters after Trump directed them to the Capitol during yesterday’s “Wild Protest” riot, Colorado GOP chairman Rep. Ken Buck at that moment was standing by his man:

“I was a prosecutor for 25 years. When people do stupid things, the people that do those things are responsible,” Buck told The Colorado Sun during a brief interview on Wednesday. “The president didn’t order anybody to do this. This is a country that welcomes protest — peaceful protest. I don’t blame the president at all for this.” [Pols emphasis]

But by this morning on KOA radio, Rep. Buck was singing a 180-degree different tune:

Obviously Buck was closer to right the second time! The question is, what happened between the first quote and the second quote to invalidate Buck’s quarter century in the prosecuting business that made him initially conclude incitement isn’t, well, ever a thing? If one of these quotes is true, pretty much by definition the other one cannot be. Longtime readers will recall the term “Buckpedal” coined during Buck’s failed 2010 U.S. Senate for these moments, and a decade later it’s still a signature move.

This is why, even when Rep. Buck occasionally lands on the right side of an issue in the midst of generally landing on precisely the wrong side, you really can’t put much stock in what he says. Like when he promised to teach Democrats how to “spell R-E-C-A-L-L,” the man just kind of flaps his jaws for the sake of the flapping.

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  1. davebarnes says:

    What changed is his realization that the optics of the storming of the Capitol are really bad.
    The G卐P is going to bleed voters over this. At the margins, it will be the difference between winning and losing.

  2. High Valley Lurker says:

    My guess is that he actually read the words of the President’s incitement to riot, and then the experienced prosecutor quickly gave a Scooby-Doo “Rurh-Roh” and decide to go fully into back-pedal out of Sedition-Land.

  3. JohnInDenver says:

    davebarnes … fine creation of the  G卐P

    I don't know about Buck reading and spontaneously changing his mind.  He may have consulted with some advisors — ones linked to K Street, NAM, and the Koch funding network — and found a need to create a nuance of partial responsibility.

  4. kwtree says:

    Buck waffles, Crow tells it straight.

    Buck tried to please all sides without saying much in his CPR interview

    Paraphrasing: the President may be partly to blame, but there’s a lot of blame to go around. Left wing media, including public radio, riles up the base, and so share blame for yesterday’s riots.

    There was no double standard. The police would have reacted exactly the same if the rampaging hordes had been leftists and/or black. Double standard? Nonsense.

    Jason Crow, interviewed on the same questions, made some admirable points: 

    “Anybody who doesn’t know that (Trump) is capable of this, anybody who doesn’t know that he’s a violent man that has incited violence repeatedly over the last four years and incited it yesterday with very clear language between him and his inner circle, that not just encouraged by asked for this to happen, is kidding themselves,” he reiterated on CPR's Colorado Matters.

  5. DavidThi808 says:

    I can come up with a lot to complain about with Ken Buck. But I think what happened here is reasonable. His first response, not having seen Trump's speech, was to lay the blame directly on the perpetrators. And he did so even with them being his base too.

    And then after learning more, he then said that Trump shares the blame. Which is a reasonable revision.

    Would you rather he had no answer until he learned more? Would you rather once he made a statement, that regardless of learning more, he didn't change?

  6. MichaelBowman says:

    Ken "kill 'em all and let God sort it out" Buck is begging for unity

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