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► State Rep. JoAnn “Violence is Never the Answer, But…” Windholz (R-Commerce City) is really making a (bad) name for herself, garnering national media attention for her ridiculous comments on the Planned Parenthood terrorist attack in which she blames…Planned Parenthood. Windholz spoke out on Facebook and in a statement to the Colorado Independent, and her disgusting commentary quickly gained national attention. The editorial board of the Denver Post sums up the Windholz reaction thusly:
Rep. JoAnn Windholz, R-Commerce City, ought to be ashamed. Her statement on Facebook regarding Friday’s attack on the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs is stunningly crude, callous and incendiary.
“Violence is never the answer, but we must start pointing out who is the real culprit,” her statement says. “The true instigator of this violence and all violence at any pph [Planned Parenthood] facility is [Planned Parenthood] themselves.”
The last line is almost chilling in its implicit acceptance — as opposed to a forthright condemnation — of any future assaults on a similar facility…
…Of course, that doesn’t mean we have to tolerate outrageous rhetoric from elected officials. And Windholz is up for election in 2016. [Pols emphasis]
Windholz was narrowly elected to the legislature in 2014 in a close race against incumbent Democratic Rep. Jenise May, and her odds of retaining her seat in 2016 just plummeted.
► Windholz’s absurd comments on Friday’s attack at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs served as a prime example of the kind of overheated, dangerous rhetoric that progressive groups such as ProgressNow and NARAL Pro Choice Colorado sought to call out during a press conference on Tuesday. The Douglas County Republican Party unintentionally echoed those sentiments with its own sickening social media posts. As Joey Bunch of the Denver Post reports:
“No one should have to fear for their lives when they’re just out just being in their communities, when they’re going to the grocery store, when they’re going to the doctor, accessing health care,” ProgressNow Colorado’s executive director Amy Runyon-Harms said at a the press conference.
She called out a list of Colorado Republicans who have spoken against Planned Parenthood with language she characterized as hostile.
Colorado Republicans, such as Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) are growing increasingly nervous about the clear line between their dangerous rhetoric and the violence it seems to breed.
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