(The base has spoken, the bastards — Promoted by Colorado Pols)
Following Saturday’s chaotic and combative GOP state assembly in Colorado Springs, Congressman Ken Buck (R-Colorado) said the GOP delegates who choose far-right extremist candidates “are not making rational decisions,” but rather are angry about “American weakness.”
On Tuesday in an interview with KOA radio’s Colorado’s Morning News, Buck said he favors the caucus and assembly process for selecting candidates for the GOP primary, as opposed to candidates who qualify by way of petitioning signatures of support from Colorado voters.
Buck said he believes that the assembly process is more “respectful” of party activists, insiders, and operatives who organize the statewide meetings where delegates are elected and ultimately decide which candidates will vie to be the party’s nominee in November’s general election.
But at Saturday’s state assembly, those same Republican “activist” delegates largely supported candidates with extreme positions and platforms, many of whom are running on false claims of stolen elections in Colorado and nationally, such as statewide candidates Greg Lopez for governor, Ron Hanks for U.S. Senate, and Tina Peters for secretary of state.
Some of these candidates also have criminal records or, in the case of Peters are facing multiple felony charges.
When asked by 850 KOA radio hosts for his thoughts on delegates’ strong support for Peters, Hanks, Lopez, and other controversial candidates, Buck said that Colorado Republican voters — and by extension, the party’s elected delegates — “are not making rational decisions about who is the best candidate that could win in a general election.”
“Yeah, I think it is clearly a reflection of how voters are mad,” Buck told hosts April Zesbaugh and Marty Lenz. “They are mad that the withdrawal from Afghanistan was botched and it showed the world American weakness, which we don’t believe — as Republicans — exists. They’re mad about high gas prices. They’re mad about high food prices. They’re mad about crime rising in the cities. They’re mad about losing good paying jobs — energy jobs — here in Colorado. They’re mad about illegal immigrants surging across the border. People are mad. They’re not sitting around making rational decisions about who is the the best candidate that could win in a general election. They’re looking for people who are going to fight for them, and they chose what they consider to be the best fighters.”
Despite Colorado voters’ strong preference for President Joe Biden over Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election in which Biden prevailed with an advantage of 13 percentage points, Buck said that Republican activists believe that “rational Americans wouldn’t throw out President Trump,” and so are getting behind Trump-like candidates that they view as “strong leaders.”