Barrentine regularly perpetuates and promotes baseless conspiracy theories that divide our community, waste time and distract from real issues. It takes courage and integrity to confront those promoting baseless conspiracy theories. Barrentine, however, does the opposite. She stokes the flames of misguided conspiracy theorists in an attempt to manipulate their passion and fear for her own political benefit. This behavior can be seen over and over again throughout Barrentine’s tenure on Council.
An excellent example of this is Barrentine’s perpetuation of the repeatedly disproven “Agenda 21” conspiracy theory. To summarize, this baseless conspiracy theory claims that the United Nations intends to essentially take over control of local governments through its voluntary action plan that offers suggestions for sustainable ways governments can combat poverty and protect the environment in the 21st Century (hence the “21.”) In 1992, the US, led by George H.W. Bush, and 177 other nations voted to adopt the program, which is not legally binding. Since then, conspiracy theorists like Barrentine have claimed that this is some sort of attempt to create a “one-world government.”
Don’t believe that Council Member Barrentine would actually believe this nonsense? See this email to fellow Council Member Rita Russell, where Barrentine suspects a municipal “Inclusivity Board” in Westminster of being a part of the “Agenda 21” conspiracy that doesn’t exist. This public email was received via a Colorado Open Records Act request.
If you think our elected officials should focus on real issues rather than fake ones, vote YES to recall Barrentine by September 18th.