Editorial

Radical Democrats desperately want you to care about their Jan. 6 fetish

Obsessed may be too weak of a word to describe Democrats’ fetish with the January 6, 2021 incursion of the U.S. Capitol in a desperate attempt to keep their dream alive by trying to pin people going into the Capitol on that day on Republicans. 

The incursion spawned a year-long witch hunt of those who allegedly entered the Capitol or even got so far as on the balcony constructed for the 2021 inauguration. With the Democrats able to illegitimately grab onto power in the White House, the incursion spawned “the biggest investigation in FBI history,” according to CNN.

The FBI continues on its fighting expedition, already hunting down and arresting over 700 Americans, four of them being from New Mexico.

After the incursion, Republican In Name Only (RINOs) defected to the Democrats and voted not only without an investigation to impeach President Donald J. Trump over the nothingburger, but they voted to certify the fraudulent 2020 election. The list of RINOs grew as some fake Republicans defected to the Democrat side to launch a January 6 witch hunt committee comprised of the likes of Reps. Liz Cheney (RINO-Wyoming) and Adam Kinzinger (RINO-Illinois). 

New Mexico Democrats especially, such as Sen. Ben Ray Luján, cried and wailed about what they incorrectly claimed was a “riot” and “insurrection” by the American people entering the Capitol building. Luján claimed, “One year ago, Jan. 6, 2021, our democracy bent — but it didn’t break. That dark day reminded us how fragile our democracy is. On that day, many heroes stood up to protect America — from the Capitol police to Capitol leadership to everyday Americans. We made it clear we will not hide in fear. Rather, we will rise to the occasion to do the jobs we were sent here to do.”

Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez (D-NM-03), who now faces tough reelection due to redistricting, continued on her narrative falsely claiming like Luján that “democracy” was on the line (despite the United States being a constitutional republic — not a democracy). 

She told the Santa Fe New Mexican, “But I understood that what we were witnessing on Jan. 6 was the culmination of months of the former president making falsehoods, lying about what happened in November.”

Democrat Party of New Mexico Chairwoman Jessica Velasquez sent out a panicky email trying to fundraise off of Jan. 6. She wrote,“One year ago today, armed insurrectionists stormed the United States Capitol in an attempt to prevent the certification of a free and fair election. Like many Americans, I watched in horror as a violent mob swarmed into our democratic institutions and forced democratically elected leaders to hide in fear.”

While Democrats whine and continue their parade of tears erroneously claiming the “Big Lie,” they largely ignore widely reported infiltrations of peaceful pro-Trump supporters with ANTIFA/Black Lives Matter rioters who started the violence and the lack of security at the Capitol, with some security guards just leading people inside. And Democrats refuse to condemn ANTIFA/Black Lives Matter domestic terrorists literally burning down minority neighborhoods of American cities to the ground and refuse to call for investigations into racially charged violence. 

The Radical Democrats also refuse to acknowledge the fact that the so-called “rioters” were mostly unarmed. The only shot fired on January 6 was that of a Capitol Police officer, Lt. Michael Byrd, who shot and killed martyr Ashli Babbitt, with all other weapons including “stun guns, pepper spray, baseball bats and flagpoles wielded as clubs.” FBI Assistant Director Jill Sanborn said the bureau did not confiscate firearms from suspects that day. That is not an insurrection. 

As President Trump rightly said, “The insurrection took place on November 3, Election Day. January 6 was the Protest!” 

But despite the facts, Democrats seem to only be focusing on propagating their fringe conspiracy theories to justify their unhealthy fetish with January 6, which has rounded up and jailed many Americans, with the witch hunt continuing. 

New Mexicans: Brace yourselves for another bloody legislative session

As if you thought the Radical Democrats in Santa Fe hadn’t already gotten every single thing they wished for in New Mexico, think again.

The Democrats have rammed through their “Green New Deal,” loosened crime laws, legalized abortion up-to-birth and infanticide in New Mexico, legalized assisted suicide, instituted sweeping gun bans, raided the Permanent Fund for “free” daycare, legalized recreational marijuana, and so many other left-wing initiatives.

But now, they are coming for more during the regular legislative session slated for mid-January. And scandal-ridden alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham wants to focus on “crime” after the deadliest year on record in the leftist-run city of Albuquerque and across the board in New Mexico.

“Crime” is a convenient Democrat euphemism for “social justice” and “gun control” measures. Democrats are likely to push a bunch of different crime initiatives into a bill, such as funding for good programs while also lumping the bill with gun control and social justice policies. So, if the bill includes funding for police officers while also including initiatives conservatives don’t believe in, then Democrats can say Republicans “voted against police funding” if they reject the bill on the premise of its leftist pork. 

But the Democrats insist the 2022 Legislative Session will only be about crime, the budget, and a handful of other issues, dependent on the Governor’s whims.

Regarding crime across the state, the Albuquerque Journal reported that Santa Fe saw a violence hike with 11 homicides in 2021, Albuquerque had 81 slayings, and New Mexico’s violent crime rate skyrocketed by percent. 

In January, with the public still banned from the premises if they do not get the virus shot and a ban on carrying firearms, conservatives are likely not to be allowed inside the building that taxpayers once were supposed to believe was the “People’s House.” 

If 2021’s second legislative session was any predictor of what is to come in the 2022 session, New Mexicans will largely be left out of the process with usually only 10 minutes or fewer to speak in “virtual” committee rooms while Democrats ram through bills. Monday is the first day for legislators to file bills for the 2021 session.

Then, on the House or Senate floor, the debate will be dictated by the iron-fisted Speaker Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) or the vindictive Pro-Tem Mimi Stewart (D-Bernalillo) per usual, Democrats have control of the process. Egolf especially has torn up rules of debate and decorum and instead opted to do whatever he wants.

But New Mexicans must not be discouraged. New Mexico is worth saving, and we must stick together to attend committee hearings, as we have in the past, because Radical Democrats can’t stop us all. We must attend committee hearings, track legislation, and continue fighting for our values. The Piñon Post, as we have in the past, will keep you up to date with action alerts on what you can do to stop bad legislation. We can fix our state — but we must show up and work together to do it.

Welcome to 2022 — the Year of the Lizard People

We at the Piñon Post are not much into astrology or Zodiac signs for that matter, but what we can sense is that as the clock struck midnight, 2022 already feels different — in a good way. And even though 2022 is technically being called the “Year of the Tiger,” it feels a lot more like the Year of the Lizard People, at least in New Mexico.

In 2021, scandal-ridden alleged sexual predator Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham called conservatives who protested her campaign announcement “lizard people” and it stuck. 

Her controversy-driven tenure as governor has been marked with scandal after scandal after scandal. From forcing through the most far-left extreme bills through the Legislature to paying off sexual accusers and her own daughter with campaign cash, and then “misplacing” $250 million in Workforce Solutions money, she has weakened her chance of reelection day after day. 

She repeatedly skirted her pandemic rules to buy luxury jewelry, used taxpayer funds for fine wine and $200/lb Wagyu beef steaksberated local communities for not following her edicts, forced New Mexicans to stand in cold bread lines to get food and basic goods, fined churches and businesses tens of thousands of dollars for alleged non-compliance, removed the National Guard from the border and denied an immigration crisis, fired and hired cabinet secretaries on a dime, gave her staff hefty raises while New Mexicans lost everything, and she is giving away $10 million of New Mexicans’ dollars through a “lottery” to bribe people to take the experimental virus inoculation. Her pandemic lockdowns killed 40% of New Mexico’s small businesses.

But 2022 is the year she will be forced to face We The People at the ballot box. It is making Lujan Grisham, her Democrat allies, and weak “moderate” Republicans run scared of the massive Red Wave that will take over at the June 7 primary elections and November 8 general election. New Mexico already has so many new “lizard people” jumping in the ring to not only take out Lujan Grisham but to deliver change in our communities through legislative, judicial, county-level, and statewide seats. 

A referendum is coming…

People have had just about enough of Democrat radicalism in New Mexico and they are prepared to win against it through hard-fought political activism and through talking about the issues that matter most to voters. 

Republicans have seven options to choose from to take out MLG, they will finally have options in many primary elections against establishment “Republicans,” and have a true shot to bring fighters into power who will work to return as much of that power back to We The People. 

So, the one message we “lizard people” have for Lujan Grisham and the New Mexico Swamp is this: Watch out because THE PEOPLE are coming for you and we will win. 

Welcome to 2022 — the Year of the Lizard Person.

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Do not applaud MLG throwing crumbs to the peasantry

Scandal-ridden alleged serial groper Michelle Lujan Grisham believes she is so generous, so magnanimous, and oh so kind to us peasants who live under her rule. 

After raiding the permanent fund for her extremist socialist policies, crippling the oil and gas industry at the knees with the passage of her “Green New Deal,” shuttering 40% of New Mexico small businesses with her pandemic orders, forcing New Mexicans to stand in breadlines over the holidays last year, and the constant abuse she has delved out to New Mexicans from Española to Hobbs, now she is ready to throw us some crumbs.

Crumbs that come in the form of one of the most insignificant, insulting “tax cuts” that would make Marie Antoinette faint. 

Michelle Lujan Grisham wants to give us New Mexicans a whole 0.25% decrease in gross receipts tax. That means our already mammoth 5.125% tax rate would fall to 4.875% if passed by the Legislature.

A vote against this bill is cheap and easy political fodder to claim Republicans who oppose it “voted against tax cuts,” even though the Lujan Grisham regime has raised taxes far above 0.25% with her policies. Have you checked your gas bill recently? Yeah, it’s bad.

And it being an election year, Lujan Grisham thinks she can steal another term as governor by throwing crumbs at you and me. Pardon my French, but as the old saying goes, “don’t piss on my leg and tell me it’s raining.” 

MLG must think we are all a bunch of idiots who will simply ignore her payments of $150,000 to an ex-staffer who claims she groped his crotch. She thinks these crumbs will make us forget she munched on $200/lb Wagyu beef steaks, whiskey, and fine wine while New Mexicans waited in bone-chilling temperatures outside the local Walmart to get bread and milk. 

Lujan Grisham thinks New Mexicans will simply forget her belittling of citizens over supposed lack of mask-wearing, her mocking of people living in Deming, her displacement of elderly folks living in nursing homes during the pandemic, her mishandling of $250 million in federal funds that suddenly went “missing” from the Department of Workforce Solutions, and the countless scandals Lujan Grisham has racked up.

The Governor’s insulting supposed “tax cut” she wants to throw at us New Mexicans as some idiotic form of “charity” shows she truly thinks we are some of the dumbest, easily manipulatable people on Earth. If she really wanted to boost economic development, maybe she shouldn’t displace oil workers with her evil policies, such as those who live in the Navajo Nation and in southern New Mexico in the oil patch.

If MLG was truly serious about helping hurting families in New Mexico, DO AWAY WITH THE GROSS RECEIPTS TAX ALTOGETHER! 

At least for me, I refuse to forget MLG’s years of abuse, and I will be doing everything I can, from my local neighborhood meeting to the voting booth, to kick her to the curb, whether she wants to throw crumbs at me or not. What about you?

Runoff: New Mexicans must unite to elect Grout, Robertson to ABQ City Council

Although conservative New Mexicans secured many victories in the 2021 municipal elections, including our state’s mayorships, city council seats, school board positions, and other local offices, the work is not yet done.

Two conservatives, Reneé Grout (District 9) and Lori Robertson (District 7), are vying for positions on the Albuquerque City Council after they both got just shy of the 50% threshold in the November 2 elections. 

Grout faces off against far-leftist Robert C. Grilley, Jr, who has the endorsements of Sen. Martin Heinrich, abortion up-to-birth group Planned Parenthood Votes New Mexico, the eco-Marxist group the Sierra Club, pro-illegal alien group Dreams in Action, among far-left legislators. 

Robertson faces off against another leftist, Tammy Fiebelkorn, who has the endorsements of billionaire Mike Bloomberg’s gun-grabbing group Moms Demand Action, the Sierra Club, as well as far-left former city leaders.

If these two candidates win the runoff election, the Albuquerque City Council will shift power from a leftist majority to a conservative majority — putting a huge barrier on Tim Keller’s apparent unchecked power with the current makeup of the Council. This election is a critical one, especially since the fate of New Mexico’s largest city hangs in the balance with this runoff election.

In the past, far-left Albuquerque city councilors have attempted overreaching gun bans, eco-leftist proposals, plastic bag and straw bans, and “demilitarization” of the police: code for defunding the police and leaving them defenseless against the enemy. More of this extremism will creep into the Albuquerque City Council if Grout and Robertson do not win on November 7.

VOTING DETAILS:

December 7, with early voting starting November 14 through December 4. Early voting sites are closed Nov. 25 through the 27th for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Early voting locations: 

Clerk’s Annex – 1500 Lomas Blvd NW, Suite A 87104 Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Caracol Plaza – 12500 Montgomery NE, Suite 101 87111 Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Central Mercado – 301 San Pedro Dr. SE Suites B, C, D and E 87108 Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Daskalos Center – 5339 Menaul Blvd NE, 87110 Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Four Hills Shopping Center – 13140 Central Ave SE, Suite 1420 87123 Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Holly Plaza Shopping Center – 6600 Holly Ave NE, Suite B-6 87113 Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Los Altos Plaza – 4200 Wyoming NE, Suite B-3 87111 Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The Shoppes at 6001 San Mateo – 6001 San Mateo NE, Suite B-3 87109 Monday- Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m

Learn more about Lori Robertson here.

Learn more about Reneé Grout here.

Why you need to vote in Nov. 2 municipal elections — whether you want to or not

While most of New Mexico’s mainstream media is glued to the dumpster fire Albuquerque mayoral race, the truth is, that is not the most important issue citizens need to focus on, especially if you are like me, and you don’t live in the Albuquerque area or a big city. 

Most folks don’t pay too much attention to local elections or care to vote in them, but at least in my town, these local elections, especially for school boards, will matter a great deal more. 

In Alamogordo where I live, our Alamogordo Public School Board of Education is full of leftists. Three members of our five-member board voted in August to forcibly remove Board President Angie Cadwallader and install a leftist registered Democrat in the post, despite not following proper protocols and not re-voting on every member of the board. 

Now, as President Cadwallader remains outnumbered with only one other ally on the five-member board, she faces tough reelection, while that one other ally is not running for reelection and a union-backed candidate is trying to defeat conservative Sara Weihausen, an anti-CRT candidate. 

In many ways, our school board elections are some of the most important, and despite the decisions made by our school boards, they don’t exactly make for salacious news, although the Piñon Post has tried to make them a priority in reporting

In my city, conservative Commissioner Susan Payne goes up against a radical far-leftist, Nadia Sikes, who calls constituents and media who don’t agree with her “a**holes” and mask-shames the public. Sikes has a poisonous hatred for President Donald Trump and has participated in many pro-abortion marches while promoting Planned Parenthood and other abortion up-to-birth groups. 

These races don’t make the front page often, but they should matter to every single New Mexican because they determine things like the teaching of the racist Critical Race Theory in our classrooms or the implementation of Gov. Lujan Grisham’s tyrannical mask and jab mandates. 

Don’t like those potholes you hit every day on the way to work? Well, then make sure to vote for candidates who will represent you and fix those issues you care about. Being involved in elections makes it much more likely you will get involved further, such as attending city commission or council meetings and talking directly with your representatives. 

Although these might not be the most exciting elections in the world, the people we elect make a direct impact, good or bad, on our lives. Please show up to vote for good, conservative candidates who will make the right decisions for communities across the state. On Saturday, October 30, most polling places are open from 7-5 for early voting, and on Election Day, polls open at 7:00 a.m. Find Republican candidates in your area here, find your polling location here, and see your sample ballot here. I will be voting in person on Election Day.

Remember, if you don’t vote, you have no reason to complain. 

NM’s acceptance of conflicts of interest in the Legislature breeds corruption

We’ve all heard the rhetoric from legislators whining about not getting paid enough as legislators (despite it being part-time, they make per diem and receive a pension after ten years of service). The Legislature being part-time has given legislators a gaping wide loophole for corruption, with “ethics” lawyers and parliamentarians claiming because the Legislature is part-time, corruption is A-Ok! 

We saw this just recently with millionaire Speaker of the House Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) getting off scot-free for sponsoring a bill, H.B. 4, which would line his pockets as a civil rights attorney due to the elimination of qualified immunity — incentivizing civil rights lawsuits that will cripple local governments, and thus flush loads of cash into his law firm’s bank account.

But a supposed “ethics” judge says that kind of shameless public corruption is perfectly fine in response to a former judge’s ethics complaint alleging his bill is a conflict of interest because he would personally benefit from it. James Starzynski, a retired judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New Mexico, said the very valid ethics complaint failed to state the necessary facts to “support a claim upon which relief can be granted.”

So, once again, public corruption has been rubber-stamped by the State of New Mexico. And Egolf can make millions by bankrupting local governments and putting targets on law enforcers’ backs since H.B. 4 is now state law. 

Let’s also talk about another legislator who will make out like a bandit after the 2021 Legislative (special) Session following the passage of H.B. 2 co-sponsored by state Sen. Katy Duhigg (D-Bernalillo). 

After her bill’s passage legalizing recreational marijuana in New Mexico, Duhigg announced she is opening up a marijuana-focused law firm, which she will now make loads of money off of following her bill’s passage.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican

“People are rightly asking, ‘Why wasn’t this disclosed?’ ” Duhigg said in a telephone interview Monday.

“Had this been something I was planning on doing, I should have and would have made that disclosure,” she said. “But it didn’t exist then and, honestly, it didn’t even occur to me.”

You really believe that? She had no plans of making money off of her bill whatsoever? Yeah, right!

Now, what about state Rep. Angelica Rubio? She worked for the illegal immigration group “NM CAFé,” which harbors criminal aliens through churches across New Mexico. At the same time that she served as the group’s executive director, she sponsored bills in the Legislature to make illegal aliens’ lives easier by eroding immigration provisions on the state level.

As I reported in 2019: 

Rep. Rubio, who is currently serving her second term in the House, is the Executive Director of a pro-illegal immigration group called NM COMUNIDADES EN ACCIÓN Y DE FÉ (CAFé), joining the group in May of 2018 according to her LinkedIn profile and CAFé’s website.

CAFé has actively fought for HB-195 in the New Mexico House of Representatives, which her group would benefit from, designating the state of New Mexico a “Sanctuary State.” As well, Rubio herself is sponsoring HB-287, which would restrict the federal government from using New Mexico land to construct a border wall or fence. CAFé organized a march just last week, with Rubio rallying to the crowd to urge other legislators to vote for the measures.

Rubio, whose group would directly benefit from the passage of HB-195 and HB-287 must recuse herself because the conflict of interest could not be clearer, especially since she is the head of the organization. Furthermore, she must withdraw HB-267 from further consideration. Otherwise, it would be a violation of the Legislative Ethics Guide.

But an ethics complaint filed at the time by me got a response from Rep. Daymon Ely (D-Bernalillo), Chair of the House Rules and Order of Business Committee, where Ely referred to a similar case from 1994, where it stated the following: 

We understand that some parties have read the pertinent constitutional and statutory provisions to mean that a legislator’s work in the private sector creates an inherent conflict of interest with his legislative position and therefore his entity should be disqualified from contracting with the State. This viewpoint appears to rely on an unnecessarily narrow and wooden interpretation of the relevant laws. New Mexico, like many states, has a citizen legislature and most of its members earn a living through private sector employment. For the most part the lawmakers have real lives as farmers, teachers, bankers, business owners and lawyers…The fact that lawmakers have real lives as citizens in their communities is a tremendous asset to the legislative process.” [citation omitted] A wooden interpretation runs counter to this reality and prohibits a wide number of entities from bidding on state contracts and in turn prohibits a large number of legislators from working in the private sector. This could not possibly be the drafters’ intent of these laws when New Mexico is so dependent on private sector entities to provide required and valuable services for the citizenry. 

Another legislator, state Rep. Micaela Cadena (D-Doña Ana) had similar conflicts. As reported in 2019: 

​​Rep. Cadena, who is serving her first term in the New Mexico House, works as Research Director for Young Women United (YWU), an abortion-up-to-birth social justice advocacy group which actively lobbies in favor of late-term abortion rights. One particular bill, HB-51 is targeted by the group, which has partnered with Planned Parenthood and other abortion proponents to form Respect New Mexico Women.

On Respect New Mexico Women’s “about” page, a photograph of Rep. Cadena and pro-abortion supporters clearly show Cadena’s involvement with the organization, and her group is a listed sponsor. On Young Women United’s staff page, Cadena’s campaign site, and her Facebook page, she is listed as a current member of the YWU team.

Because of YWU’s political position to gain something from HB-51’s passage, there is a direct conflict of interest between Cadena and HB-51, if she does not recuse herself.

These blatant conflicts of interest are now normalized by this broken system of government, which is entitled, corrupt, and still whines about “not getting paid” or not getting paid “enough,” despite being able to work wherever the heck they want and being virtually untouchable in the eyes of the law. 

No legislator or any public official for that matter should be financially benefitting off of the bills, resolutions, ordinances, or laws they pass. Back in the old days, we used to call that “corruption.” 

The recent ruling by former Judge Starzynski on the Egolf case and the countless others prove time and time again that the system supposedly meant to work for the people only works for itself. We must change that with ETHICAL leaders in the New Mexico House of Representatives in 2022 and in both chambers in 2024 and beyond. 

New Mexico: We’re in an abusive relationship with MLG. It’s time to break up with her

Despite Gov. Lujan Grisham’s desperate show on social media over the holiday weekend claiming New Mexico is “back open,” we must remember that the rosy picture she is trying to paint for us came after months of abuse. 

We must face the facts, New Mexico: We are in a toxic, abusive relationship with Gov. Lujan Grisham — whether we asked for it or not. And it’s time to end it before we get beaten even harder.

Here is an incomplete list of the abuses Gov. Lujan Grisham did to us during the pandemic:

  • On March 11, 2020, Gov. Lujan Grisham locked down New Mexico in what would be the first step of her abusive virus power trip. “New Mexico’s emergency public health order WILL be enforced. Non-essential businesses that fail to comply will be cited by the New Mexico State Police.”
  • Despite closing down small businesses, including restaurants, shops, and other places she deemed “non-essential,” she let abortion mills, big box stores, and marijuana dispensaries stay wide open.
    • As of August 2018, Lujan Grisham received $29,000 from the pot industry, with $11,000 of that originating from former Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White’s business, “PurLife.”
    • Lujan Grisham’s abortion contributions totaled over $22,5000 from the likes of late-term abortionist Curtis Boyd, Planned Parenthood, EMILY’s List, and others.
    • One big box store — Walmart — donated $2,500 to Lujan Grisham during the 2018 election cycle and $5,000 in 2019.
  • Lujan Grisham snarkily mocked a New Mexican, asking her to reopen the state, writing on Twitter, “That depends, are you going to stay home like you’re supposed to?”
  • A KRQE investigation found Lujan Grisham evicted nursing home patients in their 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, one who was 102, many wheelchair-bound to make room for COVID patients.
  • Lujan Grisham sends cease and desist orders to small businesses that remain open, including Calibers gun store in Albuquerque, despite it being an essential business due to law enforcement — such as State Police — using its facilities for training. Lujan Grisham’s spokeswoman Nora Sackett told the press at the time, “While we as an administration unequivocally support the constitutional right to purchase a firearm, we recognize that right does not correspond to a right to congregate in a store and infect neighbors.” 
  • Lujan Grisham vetoed millions in federal funding allocated for tribal communities.
  • Lujan Grisham’s communications director Tripp Stelnicki — who is still in that position today — called the Republican Party in New Mexico a “death cult” for not wanting to cripple small businesses with lockdowns. He said, “You don’t have to ask the death cult their opinion or publish their quotes. False equivalence now is actually life or death. There is no ‘both sides’ to this. There is one group preaching accelerated illness & death because they ‘love’ ‘business’ & if you can’t see through that?”
  • Gov. Lujan Grisham closed down places of worship, telling New Mexicans, “home is also holy.” 
  • Lujan Grisham’s administration told Mesa Baptist Church in Rio Rancho to “honk their horns for ‘Amen!’ and so on” instead of physical services.
  • Bar G. Western Wear, a store selling essential goods, served a cease and desist order. 
  • Lujan Grisham’s administration shrugged off GOP reopening efforts, writing, “Any half-thought-out proposal about picking winners and losers and allowing partial closures … will lead to more illnesses and more death.”
  • On the eve of Easter, Lujan Grisham banned Easter Sunday services, writing that she wanted to make “absolutely clear that mass gatherings of any type are not permitted in houses of worship.”
  • After Grants Mayor Martin “Modey” Hicks rebuked the Governor’s cruel lockdowns, calling her a “little dictator,” she retaliates against Grants business Papas Pawn & Gun with a $60,000 fine.
  • Lujan Grisham viciously blasted pro-jobs protesters who wanted to reopen the state for exercising their First Amendment rights, claiming they were “dangerous” for violating her edicts. She said:
    • “Mass gatherings are dangerous and in violation of the public health order. We want any New Mexican who is upset about the state’s efforts to limit illness and prevent mass death to find safe and non-dangerous ways to exercise their first amendment right to protest, one of many rights we are all grateful to have, none of which are infringed upon by the necessary actions the state has taken to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save the lives of New Mexicans. New Mexicans must continue to stay home in order to slow the spread of this incredibly contagious virus – there is no way to safely reopen the state without first doing so.”
  • However, Lujan Grisham completely ignored the “Party for Socialism and Liberation” and its mass protest demanding “free rent” despite requests for comment by the Piñon Post. 
  • Due to the Governor’s cruel lockdown, in April 2020, the Governor’s Department of Workforce Solutions (DWS) had over 60,000 jobless claims, where it was used to around 600-800 cases per week. Her administration could not deal with the ramifications of her lockdown by helping those she forced out of work. 
  • In May of 2021, it was revealed by the Legislative Finance Committee that Lujan Grisham’s DWS overpaid $250 million in taxpayer dollars during its mismanagement under the Governor’s lockdown. Liberal news outlets called it the Lujan Grisham “unemployment overpayment crisis” and called her out for her silence on the matter. But her office brushed off the crisis as “minuscule,” with press secretary Nora Sackett writing: 
    • The overpayments and fraudulent claims made by claimants, while understandable to an extent given the complexity of the ever-changing federal pandemic unemployment programs, represent a minuscule fraction of the $3.7 billion in benefits the state has paid out to claimants over the past 14 months. 
  • Lujan Grisham broke her own edict to buy luxury jewelry from a shuttered Albuquerque business, Lilly Barrack. When called out for the hypocrisy, her spokesperson said, “The store was never ‘opened’ and a good safe process was followed… The governor has, of course in both her personal and professional lives adhered to all of the public health measures the state has enacted for the duration of this pandemic.” The scandal garnered national attention.
  • During a far-left “virtual” call with Mike Bloomberg’s gun-grabbing group “Everytown,” Lujan Grisham bashed 29 out of New Mexico’s 33 constitutional sheriffs, saying, “you’ve got elected leaders, some sheriffs, some law enforcement folks who also put out false information — I think there’s some trepidation that if it is somebody in a uniform, that they can’t be putting out false information.” 
  • In 2019, during the fight against the unconstitutional gun control legislation, Senate Bill 8, 29 out of New Mexico’s 33 sheriffs united against the law, which Lujan Grisham railed against on Twitter. She claimed they were defending domestic abusers and were throwing a “childish pity party” for refusing to enforce the law.
  • While New Mexicans remained on her lockdown, Lujan Grisham set her sights on the White House, cozying up to Joe Biden to choose her as his vice-presidential running mate. 
  • Lujan Grisham instituted a draconian mask mandate for every single New Mexican and worker. She said, “If New Mexicans don’t behave safely, we won’t be able to reopen more than we have. Every single one of us has to do their part.”
  • Lujan Grisham scornfully mocked critics of her mask mandate, writing on Twitter: 
    • “You: ‘Masks don’t do anything’ Medical and scientific experts and professionals: ‘If 80 percent of us adopt a simple homemade face mask, we could reduce #COVID19 deaths by 17-45 percent over two months.’ Wearing masks saves lives. #MaskUp”
  • Lujan Grisham retaliated against a Truth or Consequences congregation, New Hope Revival Church, that was deputized by Sierra County Sheriff Glenn Hamilton, sending her State Police to serve Pastor Caleb Cooper with a cease and desist order. The officer told Cooper, “If you’re going to meet, it has to be in a law enforcement facility.”
  • Logan Municipal Schools in Logan, New Mexico, was forced to move its graduation ceremony to Texas after the governor threatened the school district with a $1.75 million fine.
  • New Mexico was ranked the state with the strictest pandemic restrictions by WalletHub. 
  • Lujan Grisham assisted Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber in trying to dismantle the Civil War obelisk in the heart of downtown Santa Fe and applauded efforts to remove Don Juan de Oñate and Don Diego de Vargas statues. 
  • After citizens wondered if Lujan Grisham was once again violating her public health orders for salon visits, Lujan Grisham’s office refused to respond to requests for comment from the Piñon Post, forcing us to file an Inspection of Public Records request to find out. Lujan Grisham’s press secretary Nora Sackett snarkily wrote to a reporter: 
    • Sackett snarkily unloaded on the citizens asking these questions, writing back: “I understand that you have to do your job, but ‘viewers saying something online’ is in no way any actual proof or reason to suspect something. I am so entirely tired of people choosing to spend their time by making up lies about the governor getting her hair done. She has not gotten a haircut, or had it colored, or had her nails done, or anything else that angry people on the internet would like to make up unsubstantiated nonsense about. Nor has she been to Corrales – again, people making things up online does not make them true. Every day, the governor is taking serious action to do her best to save lives and keep New Mexicans from getting sick, and all people ‘online’ want to do is complain about her hair. She has not gotten a haircut, as salons are closed and non-essential person-to-person interactions are not allowed, and she expects every other New Mexican to continue to adhere to the public health order just as she is doing. Also for what it’s worth, woman to woman, you can clearly tell that the governor hasn’t gotten her hair cut just by looking at it. I mean come on.”
  • Amid radical Marxists descending upon the streets to protest the death of drug addict and convicted felon George Floyd, Lujan Grisham formed a taxpayer-funded “racial justice” council to pay for New Mexico’s “embedded injustices.” 
  • Lujan Grisham continued to campaign for Joe Biden while family-owned businesses remained closed and the economy in shambles. 
  • Pro-abortion Lujan Grisham dared to mock Catholics by wearing an Our Lady of Guadalupe mask to a press conference, despite Our Lady being the “Patroness of the Unborn.”
  • Gov. Lujan Grisham’s ally in the Legislature, state Rep. Angelica Rubio (D-Doña Ana), said, “Who said the shut down was only supposed to be temporary?” 
  • As of July 10, 2020, the New Mexico Restaurant Association estimated the Governor’s lockdown would force 20% of restaurants in the state into permanent closure. 
  • In July 2020, Lujan Grisham bashed New Mexicans for rising cases, saying, “our state’s dramatically rising case numbers reflect that those behavior modifications and precautions have either not been taken seriously or taken up by enough people.”
  • Lujan Grisham gave conflicting advice on gathering in groups, saying, “Too many of us are still congregating in groups, taking risks with our own lives and endangering the health of our family members, our neighbors and our state.” She also said at the time, “Please wear facemasks. Please don’t gather in large groups without them.” 
  • Defiance of the Governor’s mask mandate would result in a fine of $100 and rotting in jail for up to six months. 
  • Bipartisan legislators on the Legislative Council voted to investigate Lujan Grisham for abusing her emergency powers. 
  • Lujan Grisham applauded ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter rioters who took to the streets to protest (many without masks or social distancing), writing, “This is a violation of the mass gatherings, no doubt, but we’re just going to take a leap of faith in protecting protesters who have no other way, quite frankly. Right? There’s no other way to be seen, to be heard, to be respected, and to be clear about your message.” Conservatives were met with scorn for protesting. 
  • Lujan Grisham claimed New Mexicans were “breaking ranks” with public officials questioning inaccuracies in her Health Department’s data while berating those leaders for claiming Lujan Grisham’s mask mandate is a way to “control or manipulate individuals in our state.” She insisted, “I need folks to not do that!” Regarding those violating her health orders, she said, “I don’t think the individuals were trying to support a local business,” then claiming, “we’re getting… those photos and many calls and many complaints, and we’re going out.” To those traveling out-of-state, she demanded, “Stop doing that!”
  • Just hours after the New Mexico Restaurant Association won a lawsuit against Lujan Grisham for targeting the restaurant industry, the Governor’s majority-appointed New Mexico Supreme Court struck it down.
  • New Mexico ranked as the state with the highest suicide rate in the United States, with the rate for children ages 4-15 increasing by 88%.
  • In July 2020, Lujan Grisham fundraised off of the pandemic with a survey about the virus to donors. 
  • Lujan Grisham was exposed for following a satanic cult leader on Twitter, who she thanked for following her.
  • In August 2020, a Santa Fe jewelry shop posted a photo of Lujan Grisham with “new” bling from the shop, despite it being a shuttered business, then quickly deleted it, claiming it was taken before the pandemic. 
  • In August 2020, Lujan Grisham’s New Mexico Supreme Court rubber-stamped her cruel $5,000+ fines for small businesses alleged to violate her health orders.
  • Lujan Grisham’s ally, attorney general Hector Balderas, sued the Lea County Sheriff, claiming his office violated the public health order.
  • Lujan Grisham mask shamed Española residents, claiming, “Last week, I traveled to Northern New Mexico, and in traveling to Northern New Mexico, I went through Española. I saw a lot of activity in Española and traveling through Main Street going North. I didn’t see a single mask, not one. Not in a parking lot, not in a grocery store that we passed, not at a convenience store, not at a gas station, not by someone in a car, not hanging on a rearview mirror, not on a wrist, not as people were walking, nowhere! Not one. The only masks I saw were in the car I was in, and we have to do better than that because if we don’t we cannot successfully introduce risk.”
  • In September 2020, Lujan Grisham begged Congress to bail her state out after her destructive lockdown wiped out jobs and industry.  
  • In August 2020, New Mexico met the arbitrary benchmarks she set forth for reopening. Despite the state meeting these, she refused to ease her restrictions.
  • During a press conference, Lujan Grisham insisted that bingo and karaoke are “high-risk activities.” 
  • Lujan Grisham’s endorsed Democrat state House candidate Roger Montoya was exposed for being a porn actor, but she stood by him throughout the election. Now, he is a state representative.
  • After the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Lujan Grisham remained quiet on a mass gathering by liberals who met up to lament the former justice’s passing. 
  • Lujan Grisham tried to blame President Donald Trump for her state crashing and burning economically, despite her draconian lockdowns. She claimed it was the “Trump recession,” despite New Mexico under her reign having a 34.5% higher unemployment rate than the nation.
  • Lujan Grisham’s Health Department singled out the New Mexico GOP for alleged non-compliance with her health orders in a politically charged move. 
  • During Thanksgiving, Lujan Grisham warned state employees that “traditional Thanksgiving” carried “extreme risk.”
  • During the Thanksgiving holiday, Lujan Grisham instituted store capacity limits, forcing New Mexicans to stand in cold bread lines to get food and basic needs. 
  • When challenged on this, Lujan Grisham’s communications director Tripp Stelnicki claimed these lines were just “Republican talking points” that were “politically motivated.” 
  • Lujan Grisham told New Mexicans they should say goodbye to their dying loved ones over “Facetime.” 
  • Lujan Grisham tells people visiting family from out-of-state, “you really shouldn’t be here,” and you should “eat in your hotel room” if you are staying in New Mexico over the holiday weekend. 
  • Lujan Grisham threatened a new lockdown if New Mexicans don’t start wearing masks in their own homes. “And you know we’re doing our crackdown, and you know that we’re doing our enforcement,” adding, “More is coming because those opportunities for us to do less because we are doing more in mask-wearing, social distancing, and other public health hygiene didn’t occur,” she said.
  • While Lujan Grisham unsuccessfully auditioned to be Joe Biden’s Health and Human Services secretary, New Mexico remained on lockdown.
  • Lujan Grisham’s communications director Tripp Stelnicki once again berated New Mexicans — this time the media at KOB 4. He condescended a reporter in a lengthy email response, saying, “Did you read the attachment to the news release yesterday and find it confusing? Please let us know if we can help you understand it. Three colors is not confusing.”   
  • Lujan Grisham’s virus relief bill directly funded criminal aliens. Despite GOP protests, Speaker Brian Egolf trampled over House rules to ram through the extreme proposal. 
  • After reports of statewide “breadline” protests went viral thanks to reporting from the Piñon Post and others, Lujan Grisham was forced to lift many of her grocery store capacity restrictions.
  • A Piñon Post report connected the dots between Lujan Grisham and Communist China
  • In December 2020, after failing to grab a position in Joe Biden’s regime, Lujan Grisham announced she was running for reelection, saying, “I’m staying.” 
  • Lujan Grisham’s press secretary and state Rep. Liz Thomson mocked New Mexicans who are hesitant to take the COVID-19 jab.
  • Lujan Grisham and the local media blasted Christian churches for holding in-person Christmas services.
  • Tripp Stelnicki, Lujan Grisham’s communications director, claimed that the only resistance to Gov. Lujan Grisham exists in “angsty corners of social media.”
  • Despite Lujan Grisham’s supposed lifting of grocery store capacities, New Mexicans still waited in long lines outside of stores like Walmart for food and supplies around the Christmas holiday.
  • In January 2021, Lujan Grisham shook down an O’Reilly Auto Parts store for $80,000 for allegedly violating her pandemic orders.
  • Nearly a year after her ban on in-person learning, Lujan Grisham was finally pressured to lift it, with heavy restrictions including forced face masking of children, even in school sports. 
  • Lujan Grisham erected a fence around the Roundhouse, with added security for the Legislative Session costing New Mexico taxpayers $33,000.  
  • Lujan Grisham demanded New Mexicans not protest the illegitimate inauguration of Joe Biden, telling them to “do that from your living room.”  
  • With a closed-door legislative session, Lujan Grisham was able to ram through extreme proposals, including assisted suicide, abortion up-to-birth, robbing the permanent fund of cash for “free daycare,” the abolition of qualified immunity, anti-police measures taking away peace officers’ rights, among other corrsive proposals she would never have gotten through if not by keeping the public out of the process.  
  • After failing to pass her extreme recreational marijuana bill, Lujan Grisham called a special session, yelling, “I AM NOT GOING TO WAIT ANOTHER YEAR!” 
  • Lujan Grisham failed to ram through her 20+ cent per gallon gas tax on the poor during the Legislative Session.
  • It was revealed that Gov. Lujan Grisham used taxpayer funds to purchase tens of thousands of dollars in $200 per pound Wagyu steak, ahi tuna, fine wine, dry cleaning, and other personal expenses. These expenses came while New Mexicans struggled to get by and had to stand in cold breadlines to buy food and supplies. 
  • Lujan Grisham’s staff tried to explain the irresponsible spending away, saying, “There’s a difference between inviting someone into your house for the Super Bowl or someone’s birthday and having three or four Cabinet secretaries there to talk about their budgets.” 
  • Lujan Grisham was caught giving hefty raises to her highly paid staff, many of whom make over $100,00 already. Press secretary Nora Sackett said, “Governor’s office staff play a critical role in the operation of the state’s executive branch and the governance of the state – all of which is amplified during a yearlong crisis.” Here’s the breakdown: 
    • Comm. Director Tripp Stelnicki ($18,600), Director of Boards and Commissions Melissa Salazar ($12,000), Chief of Staff Teresa Casados ($10,800), Chief of Staff Matt Garcia ($10,600), Cabinet Director Dominic Gabello ($10,600), Policy Advisor Diego Arencon ($10,000), Director of Cabinet Affairs Caroline Buerkle ($10,000) and Director of Legislative Affairs Victor Reyes ($7,500).
  • In March 2021, Michelle Lujan Grisham lets “minorities” get the COVID-19 vaccination first and says that “absolute mask mandates” are not going away.
  • Despite over 18,000 New Mexicans asking Lujan Grisham not to sign an anti-conservation, anti-science trapping ban bill, she signed it any way, giving another blow to rural citizens. 
  • After lifting her one-year ban on in-person learning, she has a photo-op at a Los Alamos school.
  • Lujan Grisham paid off $62,500 in campaign hush money to a former staffer who alleged she poured water over his crotch area and then groped him.
  • Planned Parenthood gave Lujan Grisham an award for signing the abortion up-to-birth and infanticide bill. 
  • Amid Joe Biden’s border crisis, Lujan Grisham denied pleas from Congresswoman Yvette Herrell to deploy National Guard troops to the southern border to help with the catastrophe. But Lujan Grisham was quick to send guard troops to Washington D.C. to help with Joe Biden’s installation as “president.”
  • On Earth Day 2021, Lujan Grisham bashed the United States and claimed our country “has the worst record on greenhouse gas emissions for every country represented on this panel.”
  • Amid the Governor’s groping scandal, Dominic Gabello, who allegedly told the victim to stay quiet, resigned from her office. He now consults on her campaign through a firm he recently founded. 
  • In April, it was reported that Gov. Lujan Grisham’s New Mexico had the third-worst unemployment rate in the nation. 
  • Lujan Grisham tried to squash nonprofit groups’ lawsuit over unequal treatment under her pandemic orders. 
  • Lujan Grisham refused to send help to the family of a missing National Guardsman. 
  • Gov. Lujan Grisham’s State Polcie shut down Backstreet Grill, an Albuquerque Old Town restaurant for violating her health orders, but they resisted her tyranny. 
  • In April, Lujan Grisham dangled a “9-week” “100% reopening” goal in front of New Mexicans if enough of them took the vaccine. 
  • Lujan Grisham gave James Kenney, her cabinet secretary for the Environment Department a $12,480 raise while New Mexico families remained suffering. 
  • In a political ploy, Lujan Grisham invited D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to join the Democrat Governor’s Association despite her not being a governor of a state. 
  • Gog. Lujan Grisha gave Justin Garoutte, a special assistant to New Mexico Environment Secretary James Kenney a gargantuan $32,000 raise, boosting this individual’s salary to $87,000 on a 40-hour-a-week schedule. That’s a 58% increase while New Mexicans struggle.
  • For her reelection announcement event, Lujan Grisham forced toddlers to wear masks while teens were forced to take the jab. 
  • Gov. Lujan Grisham’s Children, Youth, and Families Department deleted countless public documents with the “Signal” app and two whistleblowers who blew the alarm on the practice were fired.
  • Lujan Grisham told all other departments to follow a similar practice by using Microsoft Teams, which is set to auto-delete messages after 24 hours. This has been happening since January 24, 2021.
  • Michelle Lujan Grisham paid her daughter, Erin Grisham, over $6,000 for hair and makeup, violating state law. The Piñon Post’s editor John Block filed an ethics complaint, which is still pending. 
  • The Governor’s NM Supreme Court ruled against harmed businesses during the lockdown, instead claiming the draconian rules were “reasonable” in a biased court opinion.
  • Before Lujan Grisham’s campaign announcement, she mysteriously turned the whole state “turquoise” on her Covid rainbow, a suspect move. 
  • At Lujan Grisham’s reelection campaign announcement, she bashed protesters drowning her out as “QAnon lizard people.” She then canceled events after the disgraceful appearance in fear of said “lizard people.” 
  • Lujan Grisham praised candidate Melanie Stansbury, who made racist comments toward Native Americans, saying to displaced Dinè workers to “sell your art or your wool.” 
  • In a desperate move, Lujan Grisham lashed out at her GOP challengers running against her, claiming, “these candidates parrot Trump’s lies about the 2020 election and are hellbent on disenfranchising voters. Many of the GOP’s top picks also cater to far-right extremist groups – pushing hateful agendas to take away LGBTQ rights and reproductive freedom and threatening to roll back all of the progress we’ve made in the last two years.” 
  • Lujan Grisham gave away $10 million in taxpayer dollars through a lottery to bribe New Mexicans to get the jab. She even gave out $100 cash to people — including children — to get the inoculation.
  • Gov. Lujan Grisham’s Department of Transportation appears to be injuring and killing bikers with “fog sealants” added to roads. 
  • Gov. Lujan Grisham blamed unvaccinated citizens for her slow reopening. “The variants across the globe and in the U.S. present very serious risks to unvaccinated people, even young people. We all, each of us, have the power to stop the serious illnesses and deaths: Get your shot. It’s safe. It works. It’s that simple. Don’t wait for COVID to infect you or someone you love and wish you’d decided differently,” she claimed.
  • Lujan Grisham claimed she paid off the victim of her alleged crotch grab because of the pandemic. 
  • After calling anti-MLG protesters “lizard people,” Lujan Grisham claimed she was taking the “high road” and erroneously claimed the protesters were dangerous. 
  • Lujan Grisham repeatedly ducked the press, giving her first interview in months to KOB 4, where she refused to apologize to protesters for calling them “QAnon lizard people.” She said, “I don’t because I didn’t say it in a mean way. We know that that’s happened in campaigns. The tension in that moment when I came on stage was really ugly. And I wanted to make a light-hearted moment about a conspiracy theorist.” 
  • Lujan Grisham paraded around the state after her alleged “reopening” of the state. She even posed with and praised a prostitute “Jello shot girl,” who has a “conviction for sex work.” 
  • After a KOB 4 poll showing her failure on the economy and crime, Lujan Grisham again ducked the media. 
  • Lujan Grisham fearmongered over a new “Delta” variant of the virus, claiming, ‘It’s not going to go away.” 
  • Lujan Grisham renews her divisive rhetoric, bashing “Trump loyalists.”
  • 40% of small businesses in New Mexico have closed due to Lujan Grisham’s pandemic rules, according to the Department of Tourism.

These actions by Lujan Grisham are the opposite of what someone who cares for New Mexicans does. In 2022, it’s high time we break up with Lujan Grisham and end this toxic, abusive relationship once and for all.

* The above list is by no means exhaustive. It is representative of the time between her first pandemic order on March 11, 2020, to today, July 5, 2021.  

Liberal paper uses Independence Day to bash the GOP, spread fringe conspiracy theories

In an unAmerican move of division and radicalism, the far-left Santa Fe New Mexican editorial board took the Independence Day holiday (meant to celebrate our Nation’s independence from a tyrannical monarchy) to bash the Republican Party and to sew further division into the political waters.

The board, which is still fixated on the January 6 incursion of the U.S. Capitol (which has now proven to be spearheaded by ANTIFA/Black Lives Matter terrorists and others leading patriots astray), claims the protesters who made it into the Capitol were “fueled by lies alleging a stolen election” and that they “desecrated” the building. 

However, crickets could be heard from the elitist New Mexican editorial board during the disgraceful George Floyd riots of 2020, where domestic terrorists burned down minority communities and caused billions — YES  BILLIONS — worth of damage to already struggling neighborhoods. 

The editorial board writes, “A republic demands the rule of law,” but they ignored the damage done by these violent ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter terrorists ravaging communities. However, somehow, the only people who could ever be at fault are supporters of President Donald J. Trump, a president who rebuilt our nation from the ground up after decades of warmongers and socialists occupying the White House and destroying our nation’s standing in the world. 

“The actions of GOP leaders in failing to confront the dangers of Trumpism have been and remain shameful,” wrote the New Mexican. They also erroneously claim the Republican Party seeks to “restrict the right to vote” while blatantly ignoring the massive election fraud that happened across the country and happened right here in New Mexico.

Because election integrity in any form (even purging dead voters from the rolls and ensuring one person, one vote) is somehow now labeled “voter suppression” from the ivory towers of the Santa Fe New Mexican. And God forbid if someone dares support President Trump — they must be “shameful.”

The board lamented the fact that Joe Biden’s radical anti-election integrity bill (H.R.1) has not been rammed through Congress, and it whined about the Supreme Court upholding Arizona election integrity laws that ban ballot harvesters — such as New Mexico’s very own Democrat Pamelya Herndon (who was appointed to the Legislature last month) — from stealing citizens’ votes. 

On the Fourth of July — a day to celebrate our country’s unity and majesty, it is a desecration of our great nation that the Santa Fe New Mexican is taking this shining opportunity not to bring people together — but to tear s further apart by spreading lies and debunked conspiracy theories.

God bless our beautiful country and the state we are proud to call home. Happy Fourth of July from the Piñon Post!

‘Gecko’s’ owner cowers to left-wing mob, grovels to Gov. MLG after calling her a ‘Nazi’

On Monday, KRQE 13 News bullied a local Albuquerque restauranteur, forcing an apology out of him for calling Gov. Lujan Grisham a “Nazi” and calling Joe Biden a “socialist” because of the extended unemployment benefits given during the lockdown. These government checks have lowered the numbers of Americans in the workforce because they incentivize not working.

Walden Minoli, the owner of Gecko’s in Nob Hill put up a sign reading, “Gecko’s is closing our kitchen tonight at 6 pm due to a lack of staff. Special thank you to our Nazi in Santa Fe and our socialist in D.C. for trying to buy votes with extended unemployment benefits.” 

But KRQE 13 coaxed an apology out of him, where he said, “I was angry, and it was stupid on my part.” 

However, the left-wing extremists who work at his very restaurant and the liberal public at large were not happy with his apology, which many argue he should not have given in the first place. 

The triggered liberal staff members at the bar wrote, “We, the workers of Gecko’s Bar and Tapas at Nob Hill, find Wally’s statement posted on Saturday 6/26 to be unprofessional, unacceptable and offensive. … It is not our desire to at all defend or shelter Wally and we hope to use this as a learning experience to make our establishment more welcoming to all members of our community.”

“The employees also demanded that Minoli apologize directly to Lujan Grisham, the Jewish community and to them, saying that they have already been hurt personally and financially by his sign,” the Albuquerque Journal reported.

And under pressure, unlike other brave establishments such as Backstreet Grill in Old Town, Minoli caved to the left-wing mob, emboldened by his apology and willingness to bow down in submission.

The Albuquerque Journal reports:

Minoli said he has sent a written apology via text to Lujan Grisham and a letter of apology to the Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque.

The governor responded early Wednesday, leaving a voicemail acknowledging that she had received his message and appreciated it. She also said she had some ideas going forward, left her work number and invited him to call her.

Minoli said he has sent a written apology via text to Lujan Grisham and a letter of apology to the Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque.

The governor responded early Wednesday, leaving a voicemail acknowledging that she had received his message and appreciated it. She also said she had some ideas going forward, left her work number and invited him to call her.

Gov. Lujan Grisham’s press secretary Nora Sackett fawned over the Governor’s response, writing on Twitter, “This is exactly who @GovMLG is – gracious, kind, and always committed to helping New Mexicans and finding solutions, no matter differences in opinion and even when the conflict was nasty and unnecessary and directed right at her.” This only gives fodder to far-left Democrats like Lujan Grisham, who are making an example of Minoli.

As Minoli goes on an apology tour after he was rightly frustrated by the Governor’s cruelty to small businesses, he is an example of what NOT to do when the left-wing mob demands one’s head. This should be a lesson to all that conservatives will unite behind those who stand up for what they believe in, even if it may not be popular. Now, Minoli has both angered the left and the right, and his business is likely to suffer een more for it.

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