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GOP State Rep. Claims Whites and Blacks Were Lynched in “Nearly Equal Numbers”



To honor Martin Luther King, the Colorado State Senate introduced a bill to commemorate his birthday. The bill was also meant to celebrate the career of,  “Wilma Webb, who championed the bill that made MLK Day a Colorado holiday.”

Paul Swansen

One lawmaker, however, was left offended by the measure. Lori Saine, a Republican from Firestone, went on a rambling narrative about the lynching of conservatives.

Saine claimed, “We have come a long way on that arc since the Reconstruction, since whites and blacks alike were in nearly equal numbers lynched for the crime of being Republican.”

Saine insinuated that she wanted to introduce a pro-King measure, but was unable to do so since she was white. She continued, “Our march of justice is not over when a member of this body who represents all races, creeds and religions is told that Martin Luther King does not represent her heritage.”

Other lawmakers were taken aback by Saine’s speech and insinuations. State Rep. Leslie Herod, a Democrat from Denver, said, “I don’t know where she got her misleading and not factual information. According to the NAACP’s history of lynchings, nearly 73 percent of the 4,800 people lynched from 1882 until 1968 were black. It’s possible that some were also Republicans, but they were lynched because of the color of their skin and not their political party.