More Racist Facebook Posts from Delta County Republican Chair

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Delta County (Colorado) GOP chair Linda Sorenson, who’s been the focus of national media attention after sharing a racist Facebook meme comparing Obama to a Chimpanzee, has apparently shared or “liked” material in the same vein in the past, including Facebook posts in support of the confederate flag and another illustrating that the President has committed “hanging offenses” (at right and below).

These posts, which were found by a source on Sorenson’s Facebook page, raise more questions about Delta GOP vice chair Vic Ullrey’s claim, reported by the Grand Junction Sentinel, that hackers posted the Chimp meme on Sorenson’s page, not Sorenson herself.

The additional posts also raise questions about Ullrey’s comment to the Grand Junction Sentinel that Sorenson is “absolutely not” a racist.

Ullrey’s hacker claim is contradicted by the fact that Sorenson, in an interview with me last week (listen here), took responsibility for the Chimp post, telling me she didn’t care if people were offended by it.

The Chimp post was deleted from her Facebook page.

The posts above, along with posts below depicting Obama as a Nazi and questioning his citizenship, apparently appeared on Facebook last year.

Sorenson did not return my call to verify that she shared the posts herself–and to discuss them. Also unknown is why she took responsibility for the Chimp post when I spoke with her last week, but her Republican colleagues later claimed it was the work of a hacker.

Now Sorenson’s entire Facebook page has been taken down, and Sorenson is apparently not talking to any reporters.

19 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Diogenesdemar says:

    Next you'll be reporting that the Delta County GOP has cancelled this Saturday's weekly Midnight Cross Burning & Potluck Dinner???

  2. MADCO says:

    This is good reporting.

     

    But I wonder if there are more than 2 or 3 people in the county who care?

    • davebarnes says:

      "The racial makeup of Delta County was … 0.52% Black"
      So, 30,000 x 1/2% = 150 people who might care.

      • Curmudgeon says:

        You think only black people care about racism? 

      • BlueCat says:

        l know lots of white people in Paonia who are offended by racism. Also it doesn't matter if this is no big deal there. It's been picked up. Saw it on Huff post and other national sites. With new fodder it might even make cable.

        The GOP may have given up on reaching out to minorities but they still like to say they aren't racist. They still don't like to have to keep going on the defensive every time another big mouth forward, share and like happy racist congress member or state or county chair blows their fig leaf cover.

        If they view it as a big nothing, why is her page down?

        • Curmudgeon says:

          Exactly.  It may not matter to everyone in in Delta County, but it'll have other ramifications.  I used to live in Delta County, and I still have relatives there.  No, this won't be an issue on the county level. The majority either agree with her , or think it's no big deal.   That famous Racist Obama Billboard that was in Grand Junction in 2010?  The one where he was depicted as a turban-and-bomb-wearing terrorist, an illegal immigrant wearing a Mexican sombrero, a member of the Mob and a pink-triangle wearing bicyclist-homosexual (WTF?)…that's in Delta now, right on the highway. 

          • MADCO says:

            I think lots of Americans are offended by racism, and from a wide diversity of races, ethnicities, ages, genders, etc.

             

            But it feels a little  like finding out something everyone knows or suspects anyway.  What's that you say- the Rams moved back to California?  Eh, what: Trump believes stupid people only exist to give him their money?  Gravity really is everywhere, isn't it?

            The Republican county chair in a rural western county thinks racist jokes about the President are good to share, and doesn't care if people are offended?  Say it isn't so.

    • mamajama55 says:

      I think gertie97 wrote that there were many letters to the local paper condemning this kind of racist display by a public official.

      • gertie97 says:

        Indeed there were, Mama, in the Grand Junction Sentinel, taking the paper to task for printing the actual Reagan-chimp meme.

        I don't see the Delta County Independent, but perhaps there's a pollster who does.

         

        • PKolbenschlag says:

          It was not in the DCI this week, inexplicable but not surprising.  There are lots of people in Delta County, and not just in Paonia, that care about racism and find this insulting and disturbing.  

          Racism exists everywhere in this nation, even in Boulder where pretty people live. Even in RINO where pretty people get to move into new boxy condos. 

          Sorenson got called out, the denials are comically inept, the lying is telling. But don't pretend this is something that is only a rural or small town issue.  

          • BlueCat says:

            Of course not. I think the point  many  are making is that in counties like Delta it's unlikely to cost a pol or official much locally.

            • Duke Cox says:

              Indeed…unlikely.

            • PKolbenschlag says:

              The whole situation is disappointing. I think often such blatant displays and pigheadedness serve as a convenience for the rest of us to use as a blind.

              But its the overall racism of the culture, now with its own GOP figurehead in Drumpf, that enables idiots like this, just as its the apathy of the populace (and electorate) that will allow them to get away with it while lying to our faces about it.

              Instead of bigotry getting called out it gets too often ignored, with a few incidences like this to point at and pretend that's what racism is. But it is far more insidious than that, I am afraid. This is just the fruit. We need to get at the root.   

              I've tried to avoid the inferiority complex that befalls many in rural parts, woe-is-us, but sometimes my county makes that difficult–so I was probably feeling defensive. 

              • BlueCat says:

                Nonetheless you are absolutely correct on all counts.yes

              • mamajama55 says:

                I know exactly what you mean, PK. Now that I live in "Dumphuckistan", I really resent the term. It certainly applies to maybe 10% that are willfully ignorant – but people are more three-dimensional than that, and besides, it's my job to help people be less ignorant, so if they're all Dumphucks, I'm not doing my job.

                The gun lobby actively propagandizes rural America. I think it's purposeful.  It's not just about gun rights, but  includes a whole set of racist and political beliefs, and a contempt for science and objective reality, (what Al Gore wrote about)

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                These beliefs, in turn, encourage that 10% of propagandized people to buy more guns and ammo, not for hunting game or targets, but for hunting people. It's Brown people. Poor people. It’s creepy as hell. All I can do as a teacher is forbid use of certain words, and demand that people check their facts and back up claims with evidence. That “reason and science” thing.

                Social media both expands and contracts this world view.

      • MADCO says:

        Party chair is not a public official, no matter what they want us to believe.

        I believe there are people offended by her racism.  I don't think she cares. And I don't think many people in a position to do anything about are surprised. Embarrassed? Maybe.  If she keeps her job, no one cares.

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