Colorado State Representative Mark Baisley (R-Roxborough Park) ‘s recent Facebook post about the number of immigrants crossing the country’s southern border each month led a commentator to invoke a white nationalist conspiracy theory known as “excellent replacement. ”
In an agreed response to the comment, Baisley wrote,
“We let the weeds take over the garden.
The full exchange between commentator “Laurel Al-Meriki” and Baisely reads as follows:
Laurel Al-Meriki: “Mark, we are being replaced – demographically, politically, economically, culturally and physically by fentanyl.
Our people are demanding redress for their grievances. We cry out for justice. There is only so much that we can suffer until the bonds that unite us are irrevocably broken. We live in a powder keg with our tight wives and children.
Mark Baisley: “We let the weeds take over the garden.
The remarkable founders of this nation have given us instructions to run the country, even when things go horribly wrong. Please read America’s founding document beginning with the words: “When any form of government becomes destructive of these ends …”
Reached by email, Baisley denied any knowledge of the “replacement theory,” which Tucker Carlson recently resurfaced at a national outcry. Baisley claims that by “weeds” he meant “the weeds of socialism”.
“My message was to give the illegal immigration numbers a meaningful perspective,” Baisley explains. “We hear ‘2,000 people a day’. That’s about 60,000 per month, about the size of a familiar town. That many people arrive homeless, without advanced skills, without a job waiting for them – the impact on the nation must be enormous.
“Mr. Al-Meriki and I are concerned that these are the people who are responding to President Biden’s invitation to come en masse to America to become dependent on government largesse and to vote for more of the same. ; the destructive culture of socialism. None of us mentioned race. You did that. “
Baisley may not be familiar with the “big replacement” theory, but he couldn’t have summarized it more succinctly. And while he didn’t mention race, it’s hard to leave that element out of a discussion of “people crossing our southern border.”
The reference to “weeds” is of particular concern given its troubling history, as in Michael Guyer’s 1916 book “Being well born: an introduction to eugenics” which includes the following line:
“The human harvest, like the grain harvest, is fundamentally based on heritage. And to get a better harvest from humans, we, like other crops, need to remove the bad strains.
Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition executive director Lisa Durán has expressed deep concern over Baisley’s statement.
“Harnessing people’s fear of being replaced or ‘underlined’ in order to generate increased racism or xenophobia is a common tactic of white supremacists, but to see this rhetoric used by a lawmaker is beyond concern,” he said. said Durán. “The metaphor of human society as a garden with flowers and weeds has clear origins in the eugenics movement. The fact that Representative Baisley uses this metaphor, comparing his own constituents to weeks that must be exterminated for the sake of the garden, is disgusting.
Our legislators are responsible for representing the interests and rights of their constituents – that is, all those who live in their district. Representative Baisley must either assume this responsibility or resign her and resign her post.
Castle Rock resident Nayda Benitez, who is a Baisley constituent as well as the southern Colorado regional organizer of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, also expressed disappointment at the comment from her state representative.
“I am an immigrant who has lived in Colorado for over 20 years and now reside in Castle Rock, Douglas County,” says Benitez. “It is extremely disappointing to read that my state representative refers to immigrants as weeds invading a garden. It is a shame to hear deceptive rhetoric from a legislator who is supposed to represent me and my local immigrant community. Part of the reason I don’t always feel represented or safe in Castle Rock.
“Under the Trump administration, there was also constant migration to the South American border. For decades, migration patterns have seen ups and downs. No matter who is in power, people have the legal right to seek asylum at our border. The right to seek asylum is at the heart of our immigrant justice system. I want to dissuade Representative Baisley from sharing uninformed and incomplete rhetoric about immigrants and refugees in this country.
Colorado People’s Action, a progressive rights organization focused on immigration, climate, and economic and racial justice issues also weighed in, with political and organizational director Rochelle Galindo offering the following statement:
“Like most Coloradans, people who have the courage and tenacity to move for a better life, do their best to take care of their families,” says Galindo. “Today, politicians like Mark Baisley have hurt all of our families by continuing to allow polluting businesses to operate as usual, hurting low-income people of color with environmental racism, who call places like Commerce City at home. Then they turn around and point the finger at the difficult times they’ve created against new Americans and hold and tear families apart. Keeping people detained in the midst of a pandemic and leaving them vulnerable to epidemics, as we have seen in our own backyard at the GEO Detention Center in Aurora.
“At a time when our state is still recovering from an ongoing pandemic, we have the opportunity to care for families in Colorado, including those in Douglas and Teller County, demanding wages that people can thrive on. and by eliminating the lower wage, a direct legacy of slavery. If Baisley really read the Constitution, he would know that it offers protections to everyone on American soil, including those who have just set foot in today. They are included in our fight for a better future.
Read Baisley’s full response below:
I have never heard of a “white nationalist conspiracy theory”. Race has nothing to do with my exchange with Mr. Al-Meriki – neither with me nor with him. Racism is an obsession with Left. E Pluribus Unum is an objective of the Right. Democrats produced the KKK. The Republicans produced the Emancipation Proclamation.
I agree with what I understood from Mr. Al-Meriki’s statement that we patriots “are being replaced – demographically, politically, economically, culturally” by people with a socialist worldview. In 2006, Republicans held the office of governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state treasurer, majority in the State House, majority in the State Senate, and two seats in the US Senate. . For the past 15 years, Americans have fled their failed states and achieved freedom loving Colorado. But as these immigrants enforced their destructive electoral habits, Colorado has transformed from a place that voted in the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights to a state that enshrined recreational marijuana in its constitution.
Only the left sees everything through the filter of racism. As proof, please see This article I wrote for Townhall in 2012 on the subject of moving leftists to Colorado.
As much as my weeds comment – This is a metaphor that I frequently use as my version of Ronald Reagan’s famous quote, “‘Freedom is never more than a generation away from extinction. We did not pass it on to our children through the blood. It must be fought, protected, and passed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our twilight years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in America where men were. free.
We must treat America and, by extension, Colorado as the garden of freedom we inherited from our Founders. If we don’t deal with it, the weeds of socialism will take over.
Baisley is not the only Colorado elected official to promote, knowingly or unknowingly, the “Great Replacement Theory”; MP Lauren Boebert also recently promoted it.