Colorado Republican Statehouse Candidate Promotes Numerous Conspiracy Theories

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GOP candidate for HD55 Cindy Ficklin, attends QAnon-linked conspiracy conference in Salt Lake City, Oct. 21, 2021

Cindy Ficklin, a Grand Junction realtor and conservative activist who is now running for the Colorado House of Representatives, believes that by listening to people and fighting for constitutional rights, she can bring the people of Mesa County together. She also believes that a small group of billionaires including George Soros and the Rothschild family may secretly control global banking and are pushing to subjugate America under a “New World Order.”

Ficklin, a former math teacher and principal, says her political activism began in 2015 with the Obama administration’s Common Core math curriculum. Unwilling to implement what she saw as ineffective lessons, Ficklin says she resigned her position running a juvenile corrections school, walked into the Mesa County Republican Party office, and asked how she could help. There she says she was welcomed into political activism.

Ficklin was already an avid Facebook user with a large audience. Her frequent posts teeming with energy and peppered with emojis effectively engage the reader, but mostly focused on family and her real estate business. She posted on politics more often as the 2016 presidential campaign heated up.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, however, Ficklin’s Facebook posts promote a dizzying array of conspiracies, most focusing on either the “New World Order” or COVID. She describes her process of “researching” these claims as “going down the rabbit hole.” She’s posted dozens of conspiracy related posts since March of last year, often referring to them as conspiracy theories, or writing “not to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but…”

A post from last September dives deep into one the oldest and more pervasive conspiracies, that powerful Jewish men such as George Soros and the Rothschild family control the global economy.

“BLOWING THE LID OFF the Rabbit Hole to Hell,” posted Ficklin in September 2020. “George Soros seems to be very much at the center of ALL this craziness in 2020.  — (It’s the culmination of his ‘Great Campaigns.’) If you don’t know who George Soros is … You’re not alone.  — (He’s one of the monsters in the shadows). Soros seems to control even the Rothschilds … (who control all the banks of the world). Bill Gates is a Rothchild, btw. — (I included his family tree as evidence)…” 

She described the 2020 election as “fraud on a stick.” She claims the government public health response to the pandemic is intended to crash the economy to usher in the “New World Order.”

Other conspiracies she’s promoted include the possibility that COVID vaccines are both ineffective and/or deadly, and that they carry nanotechnology devices.

In response to the Colorado Times Recorder noting the anti-Semitic origins of claims that a handful of Jewish families control the world’s banks, Ficklin replied, “My maiden name is Paschal, which means Passover in Hebrew, so I’m definitely not anti-Semitic.”

Screenshot from conspiracy movie promoted by Ficklin

In defense of her theories, Ficklin shared a video called “Monopoly.” Created by conspiracy site “Stop World Control.” Purporting to reveal those who “own the world,” the movie’s blends factual information about the staggering size of the nation’s largest investment firms with a jumble of classic and new conspiracy theories, many of which are linked to QAnon.

Here’s the film’s summary provided by the “Stop World Control” conspiracy site that posted it to Rumble:

Screenshot from conspiracy movie referencing QAnon

“This incredibly eye opening documentary reveals something astonishing: the majority of our world is owned by the very same people. Because of this they can control the entire world and impose their wicked agenda onto all of humanity. This is the time to expose them and to rise up as one to defend our freedom. The name of the two companies who virtually owns the world’ are Vanguard and BlackRock. They are at the heart of the Deep State or Cabal. Their plan is the Great Reset where they want to enslave every human on earth.”

The hour-long movie promotes numerous conspiracies, from Soros-Rothschilds-Gates controlling the world economy and all media, the United Nations Agenda 21/30 conspiracy, the recent claim that COVID was created and released intentionally, the claim that Jeffrey Epstein’s sex crimes were a plot to blackmail other rich & powerful individuals, and even the assassinations of JFK and John Lennon being perpetrated by the global elite.

Screenshot from conspiracy movie portrays Larry Fink as puppeteer

The focus on powerful Jewish men controlling the economy is unmistakable, from the aging Rothschilds superimposed on a mansion to Blackrock CEO Larry Fink depicted as a puppeteer pulling the strings of the entire planet. The video also highlighted a headline about the suicide of an actor who was a QAnon supporter.

The video links all of the various conspiracies together with QAnon language warning that a “Great Reset” by the global elites will lead to a “New World Order,” unless viewers undergo a “Great Awakening” that can only occur by sharing the video with everyone they know.

“It’s kind of like the Illuminati,” said Ficklin, explaining the movie. “There’s all these people in power that control most of the money, Most of the Big Tech. Most of Big Pharma. And I’m watching it, and I’m just like, What the heck? So my eye is on that. I just want everyone to feel like they are free to be the individuals that they are. And wake up every day and feel like they can breathe free American air again because it feels very stifling and very like, ‘We’re going to have to put masks on you guys again, and on your children, and we’re going to make you not be able to go to events and so on.’ When does this end? We just want to be back to our normal country again.”

After reviewing various fact-checking articles shared with her by the the Colorado Times Recorder in response to the conspiracy movie, Ficklin says she believes “the truth is somewhere in the middle.” In response to an inquiry as to where she get her news, she said the following:

“The Epoch Times and Dan Bongino and Ben Shapiro are my favorite conservative sources, along with Tucker Carlson), said Ficklin. “I love Tucker, but I recognize that he’s gone far right this year. The Natural News is a far right source that’s pretty interesting, but it’s a little “out there…” I also watch CNN (Don Lemon mostly). Tucker hates Don, but I find value in some of the things he says. I think he loves this country like I do. And I read the Daily Sentinel here in Grand Junction. I think the truth is somewhere in the middle.

I also hope we can bring the country together around our common ground. I think each side needs to get out of its own echo chamber and start treating one another with respect. That’s the only way to save the country. And I want to be part of that.”

In addition to wanting to share her research simply to “open the eyes” of others, Ficklin acknowledges that her many many posts have had a side benefit, particularly during the pandemic: increasing her real estate client list.

“But there’s good stuff that came from all this, from COVID,” says Ficklin. “Talk about an explosion of opportunity tech-wise… . I do a lot of business from Facebook. Whenever I get fired up about stuff, I put it on Facebook. They know I’m a realtor. If they if they feel the way that I do, it’s me that they call to sell their houses. But people weren’t that plugged in to social media until everyone was at home during COVID, trying to make sense out of all this.”

Asked if being elected to public office would influence her social media posts, Ficklin said that it would.

from a Ficklin Facebook post, April 18, 2021

“If I’m elected to office, then the way that I talk, and how I’m out there [publicly] has to shift,” said Ficklin. “It needs to be different and I’m learning as I go along here and I want to do it right.”

Last weekend Ficklin attended the Western Conservative Action Network political conference in Salt Lake City. Headlining the event was former Trump National Security Advisor and QAnon promoter General Michael Flynn. Ficklin said she wasn’t aware of Flynn’s QAnon links, and said she attended in order to see Dr. Simone Gold, founder of a right-wing COVID misinformation group of medical professionals called America’s Frontline Doctors (AFD).

Gold, who is facing multiple charges for not only entering the U.S. Capitol building as part of the Jan. 6 insurrection but giving a speech in the rotunda, urges people not to get the COVID vaccine. Other members of AFD spoke in Grand Junction earlier this summer. The group encourages Americans to take unproven and possibly dangerous alternative treatments such as ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine, which it sells on its website.

Ficklin wasn’t the only Mesa County resident at the event. Clerk Tina Peters, one of the featured speakers, continued to promote the unfounded conspiracy that the election was rigged, adding the new claim that her deputy clerk, who faces a felony charge, was framed.

Ficklin says Peters is a friend and says that based on the data she’s seen that Peters has been discussing, it looks like fraud occurred, but she doesn’t believe that all of the facts are known and they may not be known until the next election cycle. She’s focused on making sure the upcoming election is secure and has signed up with the county to participate in the hand count that new election administrator, Sheila Reinart. will conduct in late November following the certification of next week’s election results.

Peters and Ficklin are both graduates of the Leadership Program of the Rockies, Colorado’s most prominent conservative candidate training class. LPR trains dozens of aspiring Republican candidates and operatives every year, and can point to countless graduates in elected office and staff position from the local to federal level. In addition to Peters and Ficklin, many other recent graduates have publicly promoted conspiracy theories, including Ficklin’s classmate Schumé Navarro (LPR ’20), Ty Winter (LPR ’20) Raymond Garcia (LPR ’20), Danny Moore (LPR ’19), and Vanessa DeMott (LPR ’18).

25 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. MattC says:

    Well, if she is right, we should all voter for her vote her. 


  2. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    She's an anti-Semitic crank.

  3. notaskinnycook says:

    Stolen from Wendy’s Libtard Comics p>May be a cartoon of ‎text that says '‎QAnon is basically Scientology for Hillbillies. 100 St د‎'‎

    • Voyageur says:

      I look around and think the world has gone mad.  Then I look at history and realize the world has always been mad.  The Christian Crusaders sacked Christian Constantinople out of sheer greed, breaking the buffer state that had shielded Europe from Islam for centuries.

      A president of the United States says drinking bleach and sticking light bulbs up your ass will cure COVID.

      Sirhan Sirhan is being paroled, paroled.

      And the unAmerican league still has the designated hitter rule.

      Bartender!  More absinthe please!

      And a round for all my friends.

      • Sunmusing says:

        make mine a double…

      • Conserv. Head Banger says:

        Bear in mind that Christians have a long history of eating their own (4th Crusade & Constantinople). Matters weren't helped that in the 20 years prior to 1204, the Eastern Empire was ruled by one of the worst dynasties of all time, the Angeloi. Quite a contrast to the previous dynasty that created the 100 year Komnenian Restoration of the Empire.

        Bit of history: Anna Komnena wrote the Alexiad, a history of the reign of her father, Alexios I (1081-1118 CE). It's widely considered to be the first major piece of work ever by a female historian.

  4. NotHopeful says:

    This woman was an educator of our kids. If her willingness to throw aside any pretense of critical thinking ability and buy into this array of insane conspiracy theories, including those built on the same sort of anti-semitism that helped lead to pogroms on another continent, then that is a sad commentary on this nation's preparation of educators.


    • kwtree says:

      Not really, nothopeful. Ficklin’s being a former educator doesn’t reflect on educator preparation, although it might reflect on whatever school hired her as a Principal. Teacher certification generally consists of content and education coursework, plus a semester’s work in classrooms with mentors. 

      One could be a secret RWNJ and still get certified and work as a teacher. We’re not monothlithically liberal, although we’re trained to teach facts and science, which have that liberal bias.

      But what hiring committee interviewed her, heard her espouse racist and anti-semitic ideas, and said, “That’s who we want as our school Principal”?

      Nowadays, most hiring committees also review candidate’s social media histories, which would have been huge red flags in Ficklin’s case.

      • Voyageur says:

        The teachers are liberal thing is overrated.  A 1980 study showed a majority of teachers voted for Reagan over Carter — albeit by a smaller margin than Reagan’s overall victory.

        Even among NEA members, 41 pct voted for Reagan, though the union endorsed Carter.

    • MartinMark says:

      Guns. Always the guns.

      I grew up hunting and was trained in gun handling.  In my experience, some people have guns, and other people's guns have them.

      You can tell the difference right away.  When the hunt was over, our guns went away and the booze came out.  For some other people, gathering time is when the guns come out.  The way they display, fondle, and fetishize their guns reminds you exactly of the sort of guy who sends dick pics to women he barely knows.

      WTF dude?  Put that thing away.

      • MattC says:


        I moved to AZ this year so I could work for Senator Kelly's 2022 campaign. Everything was easy – I am solo, the local football and basketbll teams are solid, the rent on my Colorado place pays for the place, winter weather here is great, I consult for work and I had clients here, etc. etc.

        In Colorado am a registered, private carry with caution and need kind of guy.  I do not believe there any rules here at all. 

        I get together with an old friend here once every few weeks to go to the range and shoot. As always, I am to and from the range gun safe in the trunk kind of guy. He likes to wear as much as possible – just in case.
        Yesterday was a big outdoor range up north with plenty of room to distance (no one in my circles take masks or vaccines seriously, but distance is always a big deal) and on the right side of town for the backyard party we went to after.
        Of course, post range I was stowing everything in the trunk and my friend says – you're going to want to wear it for this.
        Approx 60 people, mostly fresh from the golf course (Desert Highlands) or club bar.  I have seen gun as fashion before – but this was just drunken stoopidity.  No shooting that I saw or heard but lots of chambering, cocking, showing and passing around.  And fish stories galore about range antics and pretend heroism.

        Then they introduce "the guy." And my friend catches my eye and waves me off – as in, I know this guy is going be to be crazy but. There are approximately eight to ten declared senate candidates in the R primary that no one ever heard of. In that crowd the guy is the one even no one there ever heard of. The balding one with the beard who never held office at any level ever.

        He makes the predictable bad talk, offers to take some questions, gets the predictable softballs from drunk golfers with guns. I say thank you to the hosts, find my friend to say bye and give him the chance to get a ride and the guy is saying seriously, any question at all. I speak up and say – Who is the current president and commander in chief of the United States?

        Some laughs, some fuck Brandon shouting and noticeable Trump! He starts to say..well there are two ways to look at it, I cut him off not ludly, with the fake game show buzzer "ehhh" wrong. And headed for the door.

        Lots of guns on display. (I never saw a Glock 19 and 44 before.)

        Gun fashion. Tiny dogs as jewelry. A roomful of fat, white, rich-ish"Mericans.  A dying minority worried about a border they don not understand, and critical race theory.

        Still, I think Senator Kelly is doing fine and I am considering Savannah for baseball season.

        • RepealAndReplace says:

          "Approx 60 people, mostly fresh from the golf course (Desert Highlands) or club bar.  I have seen gun as fashion before – but this was just drunken stoopidity.  No shooting that I saw or heard but lots of chambering, cocking, showing and passing around.  And fish stories galore about range antics and pretend heroism"

          Lauren Boebert would be pleased to hear about the company you now keep. wink

          • Conserv. Head Banger says:

            A cousin of mine back in Indiana; fairly conservative, but common sense, and a hunter; once told me that there is a definite ratio of guns to the size of the male appendage. The more guns a guy has, the smaller…….

        • kwtree says:

          OMFG. "Two ways to look at…." who's the President and CiC of the US.

          Well, it was a revealing question. Every reporter should ask every candidate. It is and should be a deal-breaker.

    • Genghis says:

      Dumb as dog shit + armed.

  5. ElliotFladen says:

    I met some great people when I did LPR.  But I don’t see it accomplishing much in education. 

  6. MartinMark says:

    Red flags that you may be in a cult #5: moving the goalposts/the deferred Big Reveal.

    The Big Reveal of incontrovertible evidence is always just across the horizon.  Any day now.  If the cult leaders actually provide a concrete date for the Big Reveal, watch them spin when the date passes without fulfillment.

    This is closely related to Red Flag #6: The Final Confrontation in near.

    A central narrative is the inevitability (and necessity) of a final confrontation between good and evil.  A purifying act of redemptive violence and a Great Sorting.

    Yes, I know I am describing some sects of Christianity.

  7. MartinMark says:

    how do I post images to this forum? I tried the image url with an imgur link, but it only created a blank screen.

    • MichaelBowman says:

      MM – after I’ve pasted the url into the first box I often have to just touch the alternative text box with my finger. That will bring up the picture dimensions. Generally speaking the width on a new comment box is around 600-650. If your in the sub-thread it can go down to as small as 400. Just pick a width number based on where you are in the nest and it will auto-adjust the height. 

      I use and have never had a problem posting an image.

  8. Meiner49er says:

    Nothing to see here but a Lauren Bobert "emoti-CON" wanna-be.

  9. davebarnes says:

    I am just asking the question,

    Why don't THE JEWS use their SPACE LASERS to incinerate these RWNJs as they are walking down the street?

    • Voyageur says:

      All in good time, Dave.  Right now, they serve us best as useful idiots.   If you want the full details and timeline for their subjugation, go to the usual secret channel.

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      That occurred to me, too. Why would Jews point a space laser at California when there are more appropriate targets (Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Alabama, Mississippi, and northern Idaho). If you've got it and you're gonna use it, target the bigots and haters. 

      I guess the Q, Tucker Carlson, or Powerful Pear could explain the reason why of all places California was targeted.

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