Colorado Democrats are facing pressure to dismiss a newly appointed state legislator after he declined to denounce Hamas atrocities against Israeli women and children at a pro-Palestinian rally. State Rep. Tim Hernandez joined the rally at the Colorado State Capitol, where he refused to condemn the murder of women and children by Palestinian terrorists. The incident was captured in a viral video, in which Hernandez replied, “I condemn any form of colonial violence.” He is now facing calls for his removal from the House Democratic House supermajority and the Republican Party.
The Colorado Republican Party has called for Hernandez’s immediate resignation, and former Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Stokley has voiced opposition to Hernandez on social media, stating his support for Israel and his Jewish friends in Colorado. Hernandez issued a statement clarifying that he is against attacking innocent people and that his intention was to show solidarity with the Palestinian people, not Hamas.
Hamas, a recognized foreign terrorist organization, has controlled the Gaza Strip since the 2006 parliamentary elections. The Denver Gazette editorial board has also called for Hernandez to step down or be removed, accusing him of showing little regard for rape victims, decapitated babies, and Holocaust survivors by attending the rally.
So far, no Democratic legislator has urged Hernandez to resign.