Colorado Republicans nominated El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, a former Colorado Springs councilman and self-described “unapologetic Christian constitutional conservative pro-life second amendment-loving American,” for U.S. Senate on Tuesday. Despite his paltry campaign fundraising and his vow to oppose keeping Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as his party leader, Glenn easily beat the establishment favorite. He received endorsements from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who he has said he would like to see appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK).
In an April state Republican convention speech, Glenn told the party faithful, “The one thing I’m absolutely tired of hearing is Republicans reaching across the aisle. We need to step up and lead, ladies and gentlemen, I’m tired of reaching across the aisle.” Here are some of the positions he would take with him to Washington if he defeats Sen. Michael Bennet (D) in November.
He believes in fetal personhood.
Glenn has a lengthy record of opposing abortion rights and taking extreme positions on reproductive matters. In 2010, he told an anti-abortion group that he believes personhood begins when we are a single cell and that he would support a constitutional amendment to protect life from that point onward. He pledged to back requiring mandatory ultrasounds for all women before an abortion and a total ban on embryonic stem cell research. He also has pledged to pull funding from any health clinic that performs abortions, warning, “listen up Planned Parenthood, any taxpayer funding going to the dismemberment of our babies, I will vote to defund you.”
He thinks neighbors should study each other to find potential terrorists.
Following the Orlando shooting, Glenn proposed that neighbors should “vet” each other, saying, “This era of political correctness out there needs to go.” When pressed on his answer, Glenn added: “If your neighbor is doing something wrong, let’s call it. Let’s say this person is doing wrong, and let’s notify our law enforcement so we can actually vet that individual. That doesn’t mean we are mean and not compassionate. We care about our neighbors.” He went on to describe his proposal as comparable to a “neighborhood watch” program.
He thinks Social Security is like Jim Crow.
In his speech at the Colorado GOP state convention, Glenn compared social safety net programs to slavery. “We must deal with entitlement reform because what’s happening right now is we’re creating a system where people are bowing down to government, not God,” he said. “And they are a slave to that system, and as I bet you can guess, I’m not a fan of slavery.”
He rejects climate science.
Glenn is an ardent climate change denier. In a May radio interview, when asked about climate change, Glenn said he doesn’t believe it’s caused by humans. “Climate change, we can debate that until the cows come home, for lack of a better way of stating that. The bottom line is, I do not believe that man is contributing to that factor.”
He doesn’t think we should tell the world whether we ban Muslims or not — so as not to tip potential terrorists off.
During a June 7 debate, Glenn would not commit to voting against a ban on Muslims entering the U.S., proposed by Donald Trump, if it came before the Senate. “Mr. Trump can propose what he wants, but we have a responsibility to take a look at that and then, somehow, almost push back and make it a better policy,” Glenn said. “Because, number one, we shouldn’t be forecasting our rules of engagement, letting everybody know who we are actually going to screen. But we actually need to make sure that we are guarding against any potential person, regardless of their affiliation. If they are a threat to the United States of America we need screening criteria that’s able to identify them.” He added that religion could be a factor in screning.
He does not believe the U.S. armed forces need follow war crimes laws.
As part of his speech at the Colorado GOP convention in April, Glenn also suggested getting rid of war crimes rules for the military. “We need to make sure our men and women are given the necessary tools and training and equipment to do their jobs, remove those rules of engagement and allow them to win,” he said. While the U.S. military has generally been given a wide berth in war times, such a move would have meant those involved in the My Lai massacre and the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal would not have been subject to any punishment.
His top priority as a Colorado Springs Council candidate was to block rights for LGBT people.
Glenn’s time in the Colorado Springs was spent frequently fighting against equal treatment of LGBT people. In his unsuccessful first campaign in 2003, he promised to make repealing domestic partnership benefits his top issue. After he was appointed to a vacant seat on the council some months later, he voted against allowing same-sex city workers to get health insurance (even if they paid their own premiums), opposed employment protections for gay and lesbian people, and denounced LGBT pride parade organizers for supporting marriage equality, saying, “proponents of this are trying to escalate the tension in this community.” He even tried to create a diversity committee withno positions reserved for LGBT people.
In explaining why he’d be a great candidate earlier this month, Glenn told right-wing radio host Mark Levin, “too often we’ve been essentially labeled as racist, sexist, homophobes. Well, guess what, they’re gonna have a hard time with me because I can bring all that to the table.”