We’ve written before in this space that Republican Tim Reichert is probably the most boring candidate in Colorado in 2022. From what little we’ve seen and heard from Reichert on the campaign trail thus far, you’d have trouble making an argument otherwise.
But that may all depend on how openly Reichert continues to talk about one particular issue.
Reichert is running for Congress in CO-07, and like most Republican candidates, he is firmly “anti-choice” on the issue of abortion. Reichert is about as far right as you can get on this issue, opposing abortion with no exceptions, even for victims of rape or incest. But at the point where most Republicans stop talking, Reichert keeps on going…through a whole different level of radicalism and all the way into the “sacrifices for demons” category.
As The Huffington Post reported on Friday:
“Every abortion is a human sacrifice,” Reichert said last year in an acceptance speech for an award from Catholic Charities of Denver, a ministry-based charity that opposes abortion rights. “Every abortion feeds the demonic and thereby contributes directly to the demise of the church, the demise of America and the demise of the West.”
“Every single abortion is not just a tragic loss with two victims,” he went on. “It is much more than that ― it’s fuel. Fuel for the demonic, because it is the sacrifice of a child at the altar of Baal.” [Pols emphasis]
Uh, yeah. Take a look for yourself at Reichert’s comments from 2021 (below), which we excerpted from a longer, equally-creepy video featuring Reichert alongside his wife, Martha. Just don’t look directly into Reichert’s dead eyes:
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of Baal (or Ba’al or Ba’el), it is a demon mentioned in some sects of Christianity that is said to have the head of a cat, man, and human — simultaneously, somehow. Baal is also sometimes depicted with the body of a spider.
In short, Reichert apparently believes that every abortion is akin to sacrificing a child at the altar of some Cat/Toad/Man/Spider thing, which is…different.
Reichert is thus far the only Republican candidate who has qualified to appear on the June Primary ballot after having his petition signatures approved. That is likely to change following the Republican CO-07 assembly on Friday, where fellow Republicans Laurel Imer and Erik Aadland will attempt to qualify for the ballot via the assembly process.
Telling scary stories about demons may be popular with the right-wing Republican base, but this won’t play as well in a General Election should Reichert’s campaign advance to November. Colorado is a solidly pro-choice state whose voters have handily rejected abortion bans on the ballot on four separate occasions in the last decade.
With the potential for the Supreme Court to soon outlaw all or part of Roe v. Wade, abortion may well be a defining issue in 2022. If that’s the case, you’re probably going to see this video clip again…and again…and again.