On Monday, a Colorado Republican was selected by the Colorado Republican Party to fill a seat in the Colorado House of Representatives vacated by Rep. Clarice Navarro, who began working with the Trump administration.
There's only one major problem: the appointed official has used her Facebook page to spew what many call extremely hateful, racist and bigoted comments about the Obamas, Black people, Muslims and Democrats.
Judy Reyher, of Swink, was voted in to the state legislature in a 6-5 vote by a local vacancy committee. Her appointment has been met by much criticism after her Facebook page revealed offensive posts about Black people.
In one post, Reyer called Michelle Obama “evil personified” and “one of the biggest racists ever to live," reported HuffPost.
Reyher has also fueled the birther movement in interviews and has not been shy about her feelings toward Barack Obama.
“It’s never been proven that he was born in the United States,” she told the Denver Post. “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.”
She also told the Denver news outlet “the black community and the Democrats are the most racist group of people that exist” and that Black people “hate white people with a passion.”
The Republican legislature has also used egregious historical points to imply Black people complain too much about slavery.
"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?” she once asked.
When it comes to Muslims, Reyher once told the Denver Post:
"If they hate everything we stand for, what the hell they doing here other than to destroy us as a country?”
“I would like to apologize for the comments or posts on Facebook that have been found offensive and racist,” Judy Reyher said in a statement emailed to The Denver Post. “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.”
“These claims of racism by the Denver Post are absolutely deplorable, and I will not be distracted by them,” the statement continued. “My attention is instead focused on ensuring that the children of my district and the children of this great state receive a quality education; that the people of House District 47 have meaningful and long-lasting employment, and to continue the fight for our farmers and ranchers, who are the very heart and soul of this state.”
(Photo: Judy Reyher via Facebook)