Colo GOP Legislator Begs Activists at QAnon-Linked Anti-Vax Rally to ‘Continue To Broadcast the Facts’

(QAnon and on and on – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

With a QAnon flag waving behind her, State Rep. Tonya Van Beber speaks at an anti-vaxx rally.

Speaking to a crowd of anti-vaccine activists and QAnon followers at Saturday’s Worldwide Rally for Freedom, Colorado state Rep. Tonya Van Beber (R-Eaton) told the conspiracy theorists, “I’m begging you! I’m imploring you! You must continue to broadcast the facts!”

Organized by Colorado Rising Up, a state chapter of the global “Worldwide Demonstration Movement,” the event, which focused largely on anti-vaccine and anti-mask messages and attracted about 250 anti-vaccine activists, conspiracy theorists, Trump supporters, and militia members to the Colorado Capitol. 

Some of the falsehoods asserted by participants in yesterday’s QAnon-linked Rally for Freedom include: Vaccines are far more dangerous than the diseases they are intended to prevent. The coronavirus was created intentionally by Bill Gates in order to infect the world’s population with the vaccine. There is no such thing as public health.

 

Van Beber lambasted Democrats for voting down her bill that would have banned employers- including hospitals and other health care providers- from requiring employees be vaccinated. She framed it as preventing discrimination and, quoting Orwell, predicted that its failure proves state is now on a path towards tyranny.

“Now let’s face it. The war on COVID has been just about as effective as the war on drugs,” Rep. Van Beber, told the crowd. “It’s been about as effective as the war on poverty and the war on terror.”

While Van Beber and the other speakers focused on anti-vaccine and anti-public health conspiracies, there was plenty of non-healthcare misinformation as well.

At least two attendees wore hats with the phrase “Stop the Steal,” which refers to the conspiracy that the 2020 election was stolen from rightful winner Donald Trump.

Ashley Epp, director of the election fraud conspiracy group U.S. Election Integrity Project also attended the rally.

One rally attendee explained that her sign, which read “Simpsons 911 1997. Contagion 2011,” was intended to convey her belief that the Simpsons cartoon knew about 9-11 in advance and that the movie Contagion, the plot of which does include many elements similar to the pandemic, is proof that the coronavirus outbreak was planned.

All of those conspiracies pale in comparison to the claims made by another attendee, Micki Lynn Larson-Olson, aka QPatriot, who in addition to a full QAnon costume, carried a flag stating  “TRUMP * JFK JR 2021 Q Winning”

Larson-Olson believes John F. Kennedy Jr. is not only still alive but in fact the true vice president of the United States, working secretly with Trump, who remains president.

So then what about President Joe Biden?

“Joe Biden is dead, that’s an actor in a Biden mask,” she said. “You can tell because his eyes are a different color now.”

QAnon conspiracies have proved disturbingly popular among Colorado Republicans. Congresswoman Lauren Boebert is the most prominent official to have publicly promoted the group’s messages, but not the only one. Former statehouse candidate Vanessa DeMott promoted one of the most extreme conspiracies- that an online furniture company was actually selling children as sex slaves, during her campaign. DeMott lost her race bit still made it to the Capitol, where she now works as Rep. Van Beber’s legislative aide.

Micki Lynn Larson-Olson, aka QPatriot

Colorado Rising Up, the group that organized the event, is a grassroots organization of people who were excited by the World Wide Rally for Freedom global movement, according to spokesman Mark Berger of Boulder. He says the group stands for freedom of speech, freedom of movement, freedom of medical choice, freedom of health, and empowering people with sovereignty.

“We want to we want to have our freedoms that are enshrined in the Constitution — freedom to assemble, freedom to practice religion, freedom to breathe, freedom for health choice,” says Berger. “All of these freedoms have certainly been restricted and are under permanent threat here.”

He acknowledged that Colorado no longer has a statewide mask mandate but noted that county governments, such as Boulder County, still have local restrictions and mandates in place.

Asked if Colorado Rising Up, which features a “Plandemic” sign on the “Suggested Signs” section of its website, believes that the pandemic is either a hoax or intentionally created to control people, Berger said the group has no official position on the issue but welcomes all viewpoints at its events.

He declined to state his own beliefs about the pandemic but wasn’t willing to reject the conspiracy that the virus was purposefully created.

“It’s a concerning idea and I don’t know if it’s not true and I don’t know if it is true, OK, but it’s a very concerning idea,” said Berger. “And there’s a lot of evidence, particularly recently with Dr. Fauci denying gain of function research when clearly there’s a paper trail and a money trail of NIH [National Institute of Health] funding the Wuhan lab.”

Berger is referencing recent unproven allegations made by U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) in a committee hearing and fact-checked by Newsweek.

While he wouldn’t share his personal position on any of the pandemic conspiracies, Berger does hold an even more unusual belief, though one that has nothing to do with Colorado Rising Up or the Worldwide Freedom Rally. He claims alien beings live among us and will eventually enslave humanity.

Berger is among several people featured in a video promoting the “Declaration of Human Sovereignty,” which calls upon all aliens to leave Earth and “immediately return in good health all living humans who are now in custody of extraterrestrials.”

Berger also emphasized that Colorado Rising Up is completely nonviolent, a position reinforced by the pre-event video in which the rally emcee asked attendees not to engage with any agitators as well as the group’s decision to not to let FEC United founder Joe Oltmann speak, due to concerns over the reputation of FEC United and its militia, the United American Defense Force for violent confrontation. An armed security guard shot and killed an FEC member after being maced by the guard at its “Patriot Muster” event last October.

According to Berger, Colorado Rising Up discussed the possibility of Oltmann’s group providing security for the event, in which case Oltmann could be a speaker, but the two organizations never came to an agreement.

In a Facebook video posted Saturday morning, Oltmann claimed FEC United and UADF were disinvited because the rally organizers were worried that the groups might incite violence.

Oltmann said that despite being asked not to participate, he was sending some UADF members to protect those who may have missed his new request for people not to attend. A dozen or so UADF members, some carrying collapsible batons and at least one wearing a kevlar vest, attended the rally, which remained peaceful.

United American Defense Force militia members at the rally

Oltmann also disputes the characterization of UADF as a militia and insists he’s never incited violence.

However just two days earlier, while promoting Saturday’s rally on his podcast, Oltmann hinted at violence with Antifa and then praised “those who showed up on Jan. 6.”


“This weekend, step out and make your voice heard,” said Oltmann. “Take ten of your friends and step out. And if Antifa shows up? Mmm- I’m not going to tell you what to do to Antifa. I’ll tell you what I would do to Antifa, but I’m not going to tell you what to do to Antifa. But step out and do something! Finally stand up and take a stand! Let them see the three million people that showed up on January 6 to go against this fraud, this coup of our nation.”

19 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Voyageur says:

    Christ on a Pogo Stick.  Our actual president is Henry Clay.

    He was a Mason, you know.

    Don't tell bread dough rising.

  2. JohnInDenver says:

    RE: "The war on COVID has been just about as effective as the war on drugs,” Rep. Van Beber, told the crowd. “It’s been about as effective as the war on poverty and the war on terror.”

    Looking forward to the development of a vaccine shown to be 90% and more effective in preventing the "infections" of drugs, poverty and terror.  And even more effective in preventing hospitalizations and deaths.  The precipitous declines in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are bound to show up soon, right?

  3. unnamed says:

    Didn't she beat out a bona fide White Supremacist in the GOP primary for the seat she holds?  

    Meaning she was theoretically "less bad"?  God the GOP has turned into a shitshow.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      You say “shitshow” . . .

      Vaccines are far more dangerous than the diseases they are intended to prevent. The coronavirus was created intentionally by Bill Gates in order to infect the world’s population with the vaccine. There is no such thing as public health.

      the Simpsons cartoon knew about 9-11 in advance and that the movie Contagion, the plot of which does include many elements similar to the pandemic, is proof that the coronavirus outbreak was planned.

      Larson-Olson believes John F. Kennedy Jr. is not only still alive but in fact the true vice president of the United States, working secretly with Trump, who remains president.

      So then what about President Joe Biden?

      “Joe Biden is dead, that’s an actor in a Biden mask,” she said. “You can tell because his eyes are a different color now.”

      Berger is among several people featured in a video promoting the “Declaration of Human Sovereignty,” which calls upon all aliens to leave Earth and “immediately return in good health all living humans who are now in custody of extraterrestrials.”

      Oltmann said that despite being asked not to participate, he was sending some UADF members to protect those who may have missed his new request for people not to attend. A dozen or so UADF members, some carrying collapsible batons and at least one wearing a kevlar vest,

      . . . I say “especially good argument for remaining indefinitely isolated and in quarantine.”

      Wow — all that, and apparently without any psychedelics . . .
      . . . they’ve finally done it; they’ve become the party of the very big tent straightjacket.

  4. skeptical citizen says:

    Covignorance

    Covarrogance

    Covidiots

    God help us all

  5. NOV GOP meltdown says:

    I think a big problem in our country is that so many people like this actually have the luxury of being batshit crazy. If there were repercussions for indulging in this kind of blatant stupidity I think we'd see a lot less of it.

  6. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Suggestion for new bumper sticker (without the quotes)

    "Anti-Vaxxers Spread Disease"

    • kwtree says:

      Well, I was just reprimanded at a Jeffco charter school for providing a student with a link to find a vaccine (vaccinefinder.org)

      Although the student is eligible to receive the vaccine, providing information to access it is apparently seem as “providing medical advice”. Sigh….

      • notaskinnycook says:

        But the kid’s got the link, and hopefully, they’ll pass it along to their friends. Sorry you got scolded, but you done good, Kwtree.

      • JohnInDenver says:

        Obviously, kwtree, you ought to have not PROVIDED the student with the link, but facilitated the development of modern search skills by teaching how to find the link for himself.  That way, it would be clear you were not providing medical advice, but something like:

        • Information processing and analysis

        • Critical thinking and problem solving

        • Interpersonal skills and self direction

        • Civic literacy

        • Skills for continuous learning

        I applaud your willingness to take on the tasks of being a substitute.  it can't be easy … and I'd be frustrated by rarely seeing outcomes or progress in the students you are helping. 

         

        • kwtree says:

          Subbing gives me the chance to teach, which is in my blood, apparently. But thankfully, I don’t have the extra part time job of keeping up with all the bloody grading and standardized freaking testing.🤦🏼‍♀️ And if the naughty kids are running the building, well, I don’t have to come back to that school again.
          It sounds like you miss teaching, too…debate, was it?
           

          As for your suggestions, all of those are objectives I have continuously pursued in a 20 year teaching career..( but not achievable in a one-off daily assignment). . . and not a bad idea to suggest some search parameters for vaccine availability to keep me out of trouble the next time the subject comes up.

  7. Genghis says:

    ‘Continue To Broadcast the Facts’

    And for the Qs, "the facts" include how the Jew Illuminati are weaponizing vaccines for use in their covert war of extermination against the white race.

  8. JohnInDenver says:

    Broadcasting the facts could well be an important point of agreement.  Today, CPR has a story on which areas of Colorado GOT COVID?

    COVID-19 Cases Spike in Mesa County As Restrictions Lift But Vaccinations Lag Behind State

    Readers here will not be surprised at some of the details:

    Statewide, about 50 percent of the population has received one dose and around 35 percent are fully vaccinated. As of May 18, Colorado ranked as the worst state in the nation for COVID-19 cases, according to The New York Times’ state-by-state tracking system.

    Along with Mesa County, Conejos, Alamosa and El Paso counties are the worst in the state. In the New York Times data, Conjeos ranks third worst in the country and Alamosa ranks 9th. The counties that are faring the best include Kiowa, Custer, Pitkin and Ouray, while Denver, Boulder, Pueblo and Larimer counties fall in the middle.   ….

    “The one thing that we've got working against us in Mesa County is that only about 38 percent of our age-eligible individuals are fully vaccinated,” said Jeff Kuhr, executive director of Mesa County Public Health. “I want that number to be way up there. That is the solution, especially with the CDC loosening up on mask rules.” 

    All of you huddled around Mesa County … I'm sorry, but it seems your challenges will continue for awhile.

    • Duke Cox says:

      Challenges are baked in when your leadership is a crony-filled, revolving door of backward thinking, rednecks.

      What can one expect, knowing the local government as we do?

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