A Colorado woman whose Facebook page insinuated that former President Barack Obama faked his birth certificate, said that author Toni Morrison hated white people, wondered why Muslims come to “our country,” and called Michelle Obama “evil personified” and “one of the biggest racist ever to live” was recently punished for her views by ... wait for it ... receiving an appointment to represent the citizens of her state in the Colorado Legislature.
According to the Denver Post and HuffPost, Judy Reyher of Swink, Colo., was selected by the Colorado Republican Party to fill a seat in the Colorado House of Representatives left vacant when Rep. Clarice Navarro took a job with the Trump administration.
Reyher had previously served 10 years as the Otero County, Colo., Republican Party chair, although it appears that much of her time was spent making racist posts on her Facebook page.
Despite dubious evidence like an actual birth certificate and newspaper archives, Becky with the crows’ feet was one of the many people who believed that Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States: “It’s never been proven that he was born in the United States,” Reyher said. “Six months later, they conjure up a birth certificate, and we’re all supposed to fall for it. It would take me five minutes to come up with mine.”
I agree with Reyher’s stance because, until I see her birth certificate, I am inclined to believe that she was spawned from the particularly wrinkled left side of Satan’s scrotum. I am, however, disinclined to trust her opinion of black people in general. In response to a fake news article from a Breitbart writer, she said that Michelle Obama was “evil personified with the power to brainwash our youth and feel good about it.” Reyher also later commented: “This is a woman with no skills and no substance.”
Reyher also posted several variations of the “reverse racism” and “Black people are the real racists” refrain. She told the Denver Post that “the black community and the Democrats are the most racist group of people that exist,” further explaining that black people “hate white people with a passion.”
She also shared a meme of what appears to be a poor black family. When a user commented that the post was racist, Reyher responded: “This is NOT racist. It is the truth and goes for every single person who believes in the Democrat Party and what they are.”
On a Facebook post about renaming institutions, Reyer said that it was a “push to erase most of the history of our country. At the bottom is the belief that every Caucasian before now was a racist,” to which I reply: Who said “before now”?
Although she adamantly insists that she is not a racist or an Islamophobe, she once asked: “White Irish slaves were treated worse than any other race in the U.S. When was the last time you heard an Irishman [complaining] how the world owes them a living?” Of Muslims, Judy often wonders why they come to America if they “hate pork, beer, bikinis, Jesus and freedom of speech.”
Reyher has dismissed the criticism of her Facebook posts the same way Donald Trump has done in the past. She insists that she can’t be racist because her son had a wedding in China, even sending a picture of the wedding to the Denver Post, along with a half-assed apology.
“I would like to apologize for the comments or posts on Facebook that have been found offensive and racist, ” Judy Reyher said in an emailed statement. “However, the fact of the matter is, I am not a racist. This country was founded by immigrants, and I embrace all Americans, no matter their walk of life. Diversity is what makes America, America.”
Because that’s what our mothers taught us: When you’re wrong, wait a few weeks and email the person you hurt. And just like my mommy taught me, always push back by claiming that you were the one who has been offended: “These claims of racism by the Denver Post are absolutely deplorable, and I will not be distracted by them,” Reyher said.
As far as the Colorado Republicans are concerned, Reyher is fine with them. “I’m disinclined to stand in public judgment of legislators’ comments,” Republican Party State Chairman Jeff Hays said. “Making myself the arbiter of controversial statements, however ridiculous or offensive, would set a bad precedent and distract from the chairman’s primary mission. I will repeat what my administration has said before, which is that legislators speak for themselves and their constituents, not for the party.”
Read more at the Denver Post.