Tuesday, October 31 2017
CONTACT: Ian Silverii, Executive Director at [email protected]

DENVER: Responding to the announcement today that former Congressman Tom Tancredo will formally seek the Republican nomination for governor in 2018 after spending two months exploring the option, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, released the following statement:

“For months, the same pundits who said Donald Trump could never be President have assured us that Tom Tancredo will never win the Republican nomination for governor of Colorado,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Ian Silverii. “Today, no one can afford to be complacent over the threat Tancredo represents. Across the nation, with help from Steve Bannon and the resurgent conservative fringe, far-right candidates in the mold of Tom Tancredo are sweeping away the Republican establishment. There is no ‘firewall’ in the Republican Party to stop the rise of extremists like Tancredo, who not long ago were considered far from the mainstream.”

“Today, Tom Tancredo is the Republican mainstream,” said Silverii. “For decades, Republicans have willfully stoked the prejudices of Americans to win elections. From the ‘Southern Strategy’ of the 1970s to the baseless attacks on President Barack Obama’s citizenship, and yes, Tom Tancredo’s racist demonization of immigrants and alignment with fringe groups like ‘VDARE,’ hate has been one party’s stock and trade. There is no equivalency. And now, the hate they cultivated to win elections is devouring the Republican Party.”

“Tom Tancredo’s hateful rhetoric set the stage for Trump’s rise to power,” said Silverii. “Now it is Trump who has paved the way for Tancredo to capture the Republican nomination for governor of Colorado. It is another sad day for the once-great party of Abraham Lincoln, and it, unfortunately, will not be the last.”