Erik Aadland Tries (and Fails) to Scrub Away the MAGA

Erik Aadland didn’t think this through.

Republican Erik Aadland is fairly new to politics, but he apparently understands — albeit a bit late — that being a full-throated election denier and “Big Lie” MAGAbot isn’t going to be very helpful in trying to win election to Congress in CO-07 against Democratic State Sen. Brittany Pettersen.

Aadland spoke about his beliefs that the 2020 election was “absolutely rigged” during a June 2021 speech to the Jefferson County Republican Men’s Club. He would like that video to go away, but that’s not how the Internet works. As Chase Woodruff reports for Colorado Newsline:

A Jefferson County Republican group has quietly removed from its website a video of a conspiracy theory-laden speech by Colorado congressional candidate Erik Aadland, in which he falsely claimed the 2020 election was “absolutely rigged.”

Aadland, an Army veteran and former oil and gas executive, spoke to the Jefferson County Republican Men’s Club in June 2021, shortly after declaring his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. Following longtime Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter’s announcement that he would not seek reelection in 2022, Aadland jumped to the 7th Congressional District race, where he faces state Democratic Sen. Brittany Pettersen.

“The 2020 election, it was rigged. Absolutely rigged,” Aadland said in the speech to Jefferson County Republicans last year. “If you do enough looking into it, I think you’ll be convinced.”

“It’s extremely scary what transpired,” he continued. “There was a significant amount of fraud in the 2020 election.”

You can see why Aadland would WANT to scrub this away, but there are too many other people who saw and heard those comments:



Woodruff includes an excerpt of the video in his story for Newsline, but plenty of others realized at the time that this was probably a clip worth saving…including us!




As Woodruff writes, “Aadland’s campaign did not respond to questions about his position on the 2020 election or the removal of the June 2021 video.” And now he doesn’t have to!

Here’s a free tip for Aadland: Nothing draws more attention to something than trying to hide it.

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  1. JohnInDenver says:

    I tried to use the Internet Archive / Wayback Machine and see the posted talk … but it appears to have been scrubbed there. 

    How hard does someone have to work in order to take out previous versions of a site? 

    Looks like the Jefferson County Republican Men’s Club.[] has lost an entire year’s worth of scans.  Now shows a gap between

    December 10, 2021 1 snapshot  02:14:53


    November 26, 2020 1 snapshot 23:31:15

    and the Speaker Archives jump from

    5/24/2021Tom Tancredo      Comments from an Elder Statesman


    6/14/2121Sherry Collins                         “Save our State”

  2. kwtree says:

    The DCCC has been on Aadland’s case for months. 137 pages of oppo research showing that Aadland is a bigoted, anti-choice election denier.

    Aadland himself brags about his extreme views- he posts all his media interviews on his website.

    So even if the Republican Men’s Club is trying to “scrub away the MAGA”, it’s out there forever by Aadland’s own actions. He’s not going to be able to credibly make a general election pivot.

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