On November 21, 2021, the Daily Sentinel published an article titled “Ficklin denies anti-Semitic leanings,” that examined statements and outrageous, unfounded claims made by Republican Colorado House Representative District 55 candidate Cindy Ficklin in her social media posts.
Ficklin’s writings included anti-semitic tropes about prominent Jews being “monsters in the shadows” who “control all the banks in the world.”
In other misinformation, Ficklin claimed that immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to the United States and Director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was working with Bill Gates in a nefarious capacity to control mask mandates and use of drugs like hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19, when such drugs are not approved for that purpose by the Food and Drug Administration, and unadvised use of them has caused life-threatening problems like heart arrhythmias, kidney injuries, liver failure and other dangerous conditions.
Retired local attorney Joseph Breman wrote a letter to the editor (LTE) to the Sentinel in response to Ficklin and the 11/21 article that he shared with us, and that unfortunately may not get printed in the paper because it exceeds the Sentinel’s word number requirement.
But the letter is quite articulate and has great merit in its entirety, so I will print it here (with very light editing):
The November 21 article exposing media posts of Republican House Candidate Cindy Ficklin nauseated me.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a respected Christian theologian, imprisoned and murdered by the Nazis, posed the question of which was a greater challenge to good: evil or stupidity. Reading Ficklin’s posts brings his writings to mind.
Ficklin recites evil, anti-Semitic tropes that formed the underpinning of Nazi genocide. In an interview she gave to the Colorado Times Recorder (posted 10/29/21 – which Ficklin commented post-interview was fair) she goes further. She opines that the government’s response to Covid “is intended to crush the economy to usher in ‘The New World Order,’ code words, tropes, used by the Nazis. Ficklin seems obsessed with the power of some prominent Jewish men and families, also claiming that Bill Gates is part of the Rothschild family and Dr Fauci sits on the Gate’s Foundation’s Board as well heads the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – she links them all, along with George Soros, in the plot to destroy America.
The Gates Family Foundation Board has eight members, Fauci is not one of them. Francis S. Collins, M.D. heads the NIH and Gates certainly has no DNA that links him to the Rothschilds. Ficklin does not allow facts to get in the way of falsehoods.
Ficklin pleads she cannot be anti-Semitic as her last name is “Paschal,” which she claims is Hebrew for “Passover.” The Hebrew word for Passover is “Pesach,” not “Paschal.” Webster, defines “paschal” as a Latin-based adjective meaning “of or relating to Easter” then “of or relating to Passover” – holidays in both Christian and Jewish settings. Anti-Semitic lies using tropes have a designed purpose for an intended audience. Her attempt at cover is, at best, stupid and is akin to one saying, “ I cannot possibly be a Democrat as my last name is Bush.” There is no pass for promoting evil lies for any reason, let alone the inane assertion that her family name proves her innocence.
Ficklin recently wrote “I produce the post from a myriad of sources, I may or may not take the time to also source it.” She continues, “I don’t use scholarly research in my posts because…” Really? She says her posts lure real estate clients because some like what she posts, while confessing her intellectual irresponsibility. When confronted with the evil done by her posts, she is loathe to remove them or apologize.
Be reminded that she is running for public office.
Silence when encountering any form of bigotry makes one complicit. A Pennsylvania judge, before whom I often practiced, cautioned attorneys that appeared to always represent alleged drug dealers: “People who lie with skunks often take on their odor.” The observation is applicable, as Ficklin’s actions reflect directly on her supporters, business relationships and the Republican Party.
Evil vs. stupidity (add irresponsibility)– which is the greater challenge to good? You decide!