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A Colorado representative said black people and white people were lynched in nearly equal numbers for being Republican in the post-Reconstruction era.
Rep. Lori Saine, R-Firestone, made the claim on the Colorado House floor Friday, and posted the video to her Facebook page Monday, saying it was in defense of House District 49 Rep. Perry Buck, R-Windsor, who tried to introduce a resolution honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Martin Luther King Jr.
Saine said Buck was told she couldn’t introduce her resolution because King “didn’t represent her heritage.”
In a phone interview Monday afternoon, Saine said Buck had introduced similar resolution last year. Buck didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.
Reps. Jovan Melton and Leslie Herod introduced House Joint Resolution 19-1006, commemorating Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Both representatives are black, but Saine, Buck and many others are listed as sponsors on the joint resolution.
In a phone interview Monday afternoon, Rep. Herod, D-Denver, said Melton had carried a similar resolution each of the past six years, saying Saine brought partisanship into a nonpartisan day.
Herod said Buck was added as the first co-sponsor of the resolution, and she said Buck spoke very eloquently.
“She handled it very well,” Herod said. “Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for Lori Saine.”
Rep. Rochelle Galindo, D-Greeley, had a similar take, saying via text message that it was unfortunate that Saine attempted to divert focus away from a day of harmony at the Legislature.
“Moving forward, we must continue to build bridges and reject division,” Galindo said.
In a 4-minute speech on the house floor, Saine appears to co-opt King’s Civil Rights push, saying Buck’s inability to introduce the resolution means the “march toward justice is not over.”
In her phone interview, Saine said King represents all Americans’ heritage, saying his “I Have a Dream” speech was extremely inclusive.
Republican and pathetic.
". . . those who claim to know the Mind of God, who will tell you what God thinks and how He will judge and condemn others—those people are the greatest of all blasphemers." Aloysius Xingu Leng Pendergast
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