John Hickenlooper's "What the f*ck?" to sheriffs group caught on video

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John Hickenlooper just before the F-bomb. See the video below.
Updated with correction: Governor John Hickenlooper brought out the big verbal weapons during a Friday meeting of Colorado law enforcers on Friday, saying, "What the fuck?" after Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith didn't immediately accept his apology for failing to consult with the group before signing gun laws they oppose. And lucky for us, it was all caught on video.

See the clip below. That's followed by two Facebook posts by Smith, who can be seen laughing at the remark in the video. Update: The first version of this item incorrectly stated that the first of the posts had been deleted. We apologize for the error.

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Sheriff Justin Smith, in a photo from his Facebook page, at a "polar plunge" event.
First Facebook post by Sheriff Justin Smith:
Where does our governor now stand on the gun control laws he signed in 2013?

9 News reached out to me for this story, but I was on the road back from the conference, so I wasn't able to respond in time for their story.

The County Sheriffs of Colorado extended the offer to the governor to come address the gathering of sheriffs at our summer conference. This portion of the event was open to the press and was attended by both the Aspen daily newspapers and a press outlet from Grand Junction.

The governor spent about an hour with us. He made remarks then invited questions from the sheriffs. Rather than beat around the bush, Sheriff John Cooke posed the first question about the gun control measures. Sheriff Cooke framed his question around statements that Governor Hickenlooper made at an event in Weld County about being a better listener. His question was simple and direct- why didn't you listen to the Colorado Sheriffs when we attempted to share our concerns about this legislation with you? The governor extended an apology for not being a better listener during this time. He told us things were very busy for him.

I wasn't taking notes, but my recollection was that he didn't apologize for his actions, but apologized for not listening and claimed he really didn't understand the issue until afterwards.

When Sheriff Cooke pressed him about why he supported the legislation without fully understanding it, the governor explained that one of his staff members made a public commitment that he would sign it, so he was obligated to keep the promise of this staff member. I found it shocking that the Colorado governor felt more beholdened to honoring the promise of a staff member over honoring his duty to represent the citizens of Colorado.

In finishing his response to Sheriff Cooke's questions, the governor claimed that he was unaware of the opposition of the Colorado Sheriffs until days AFTER he signed the bills. The governor explained he knew of the position of the Denver Police Chief, supporting the magazine ban bill and the governor used that as his justification for believing that law enforcement officials supported the bills.

He essentially staked his apology on a claim not knowing of our position and concerns until after he signed the bills.

I hadn't planned on asking a follow up to that same topic until I heard that part of his response. So I followed up by reiterating to the governor the extensive press coverage about our opposition and the fact that somewhere around 40 Colorado Sheriffs showed up at the Capitol building to testify in opposition while only one or two police chiefs testified in favor of them. I further explained that our association president had sent a letter to the governor's office expressing our concerns and requesting a meeting. I also told him that I had personally hand delivered a letter expressing my concerns to his office in the Capitol. Given these facts, I simply found it incomprehensible that he claimed he didn't know of our opposition.

I have to tell you that I was utterly flabbergasted at the response he made. From about 10 feet away, the governor looked me in the eye and snapped "I've already apologized, what the f*** else do you want?" Now, I'm a big boy and won't pretend for a moment that it's not language that's foreign to me- but I found that type of attitude and response to be well below the dignity of the office of governor. This was a sitting governor, in a public meeting, responding to another elected official.

From what I've seen, you won't find any reports of that exchange from any of the reporters who attended. That's a shame because I believe it's newsworthy for the voters to know the attitude and demeanor of their governor during this public event.

The important thing to know is that our governor does not apologize for his support of the gun control bills, rather he incredulously denies understanding the bills and blames his staff for committing his support- obliging him to sign the bills.

Second Facebook post by Sheriff Justin Smith:
What else happened at the summer Sheriffs Conference?

You've heard about the governor's "What the F$%*?" statement in response to my question about his claims he didn't know about the Colorado Sheriffs opposition to the 2013 gun control bills he signed.

It's also important to know what else the Sheriffs brought up to the governor. Sheriff Pelle brought up the concerns of all Sheriffs about the reality that our county jails are becoming the warehouses for the mentally ill. Sheriffs recognize that jails are for criminals, not those who aren't receiving the mental health treatment they need.

In Larimer County, we have drug courts, dui courts and now we are starting a wellness court, set up to specifically work with those who's core problems revolve around mental illness issues.

We also expressed frustration to the governor with the fact that his Parole Board continues to prematurely empty the dangerous felons out of the prisons and into the community (aka Evan Ebel), just so that they can close down prisons. Our communities are less safe because these dangerous convicted felons are being pushed out the back doors of our state prisons.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our News archive circa January 2013: "Justin Smith, Larimer County sheriff, says he won't enforce 'unconstitutional' gun laws."

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ColoradoPatriot
ColoradoPatriot

"Politicians are the lowest form of life on earth. Liberal Democrats are the lowest form of politicians." -General George S. Patton. 

I agree wholeheartedly.  Anyone who is foolish enough to sop up the milk from the proverbial .gov tit is a damned moron.  This administration has gotten too big, too powerful, and it's not getting any better.  Any other president would've been impeached 100 times over.  His cronies like Hickenlooper, Bloomberg, Feinstein, Pelosi, Clinton, etc. etc. are traitorous heathens and should be removed from office for violating their oath.  The Constitution is the fabric that holds the government in check.  This administration uses it as a doormat.  It sickens me to know that I served 12 years in the armed forces, defending the Constitution just so politicians like Hickenlooper can crap all over it.  I was there on March 4th, 2013.  It was clearly evident that not only did the Colorado Sheriff's wish to meet with Hickenlooper over these laws, but many Colorado residents were denied their 3 minutes to give their input.  Yet a Canadian police official was given as much time as he wanted to spew his rhetoric about how our state should pass these ridiculous laws.  Absolutely sickening.  #graystate

hockeysew
hockeysew

I really don't understand why the Sheriffs laughed.

Arrogance and ignorance really isn't funny.

Just another election year DemoCat scratching in their shitbox frantically in an attempt to cover up the piles of shit THEY created.......

rockin008
rockin008

Leave it to the Liberal Westword for making light of these comments in respect to the overall context of the situation.  Slap together a roughly edited video with a goofy theme and the brain-dead Hick supporters will fall for anything.  More media bias and propaganda.


Hick is an invertebrate and a liar.  The facts are documented.  He REFUSED to meet with the sheriffs and there's no way he didn't know they wanted to meet with him.  What, he was living in a cave at the time?  BS.


Vote his butt out come November.

uw.pokespeak
uw.pokespeak

The bigger story is that Hick stood in front of the elected sheriffs and bald-faced lied to them:  1.  I didn't know the sheriffs wanted to meet with me.  2.  I never talked to Mayor Bloomberg.  3.  I had no idea this (Universal Background checks) would be this divisive.  Then his office lied and said he never said those things, until teh video came out.

Douglas Evans
Douglas Evans

Hilarious? I call it BS and insulting to those who he is supposed to represent. He is a F*ckin joke and deserves a recall and an indictment

hockeysew
hockeysew

"His job is to govern as he sees fit."

No, it isnt.

Didn't do well in 5th grade Civics did we?

He is a servant to We The People, not King.

He and his Democratic minions did not listen to We The People, he took his orders from his handlers back east(Bloomberg/Biden).

I spent over 24 hours at the Capitol when the debates over these bills occurred.

We The People were minimalized, condescended and ignored.

It cost three of his lackies their jobs and will cost him his.

He is a piss poor gubbenor who cannot make a critical decision.

His reasoning for signing them was "because a staff member said he would" as explained to the shefiffs.

Just like his reasoning for not following through with the Nathan Dunlap execution, allegedly a staff member threatened to quit if Hick allowed the execution to occur.

Spineless wimp.

Kimberly Shepheard
Kimberly Shepheard

Always liked him. So glad he's normal. However I don't think he needs to apologize. His job is to govern as he sees fit.

Greg Dahl
Greg Dahl

funny? ok maybe...but doesn't cut it...the whole state knew those sheriffs were at the capital to state their case to the governor, the newspapers were there, the tv news, radio etc... Sorry Hick, you made a decision, and now you get to own it, sir. Great effort at deflection though.

John Scruggs
John Scruggs

Why the fuck is he sorry for anything? Fuck these sheriffs who need to be fired for violating their oaths to enforce the law.

Suzanne Houston Nash
Suzanne Houston Nash

Come on, who WOULDN`T like to drop an F-bomb to a bunch of sheriffs? Kinda makes me like him more.

Lane Trujillo
Lane Trujillo

Are we really crying that he dropped an "f" bomb? Seriously find more important complaints.

hockeysew
hockeysew

He didn't know...

About his former employee who murdered Donnie Young.

About the possible repercussions of Amendment 64.

About the son of a substantial Hick supporter who murdered the head of Corrections.

About the will of the people in 3 recall elections.

About the enforcement of the death penalty in the case of a convicted mass murder.

If further firearms legislation would have prevented Aurora.

The highest ranking law enforcement officials in his aegis strongly opposed pending legislation.

That those same officials were essentially muzzled by his subordinates during discussion of aforementioned legislation.

Again that those officials contacted his office directly and in an official capacity.

That the aforementioned legislation was opposed by an overwhelming percentage of the citizens of the state.

Hey, the Dude didn't know....

Idiot

Brad Holden
Brad Holden

Maybe more people should be using. Whiskey Tengo Foxtrot

Hillary
Hillary

"We cannot let a minority of people – and it’s, that’s what it is, it is a minority of people – hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people.” - Hillary Clinton On Gun Control

YoMama
YoMama

You people need to show more respect for Chickenpooper!  He has a damned hard job!  After all, he is responsible for... uh... well, his office ensures... uh... well, he makes commercials where he rides his bike five blocks to work instead of taking his limo...  Yeah, you're right.  He's a fucking dill hole!

Kyle Hellie
Kyle Hellie

sometimes you just have to say it - !

ItsComical
ItsComical

This man has no regard for the Constitution or the voters of this state. His statement shows his arrogance and contempt for our laws and liberties. We cannot let the very extreme minority of brainwashed voters terrorize the public with their nonsense. This is a Constitutional Republic, NOT a democracy. This means that even if the government manages to scare the sheep into submission, my freedom is NOT up for vote.....

throwthebastardsout
throwthebastardsout

So, our beloved FRACKenlooper gives out a hearty "what the fuck" for a non-reply, but we hear *nothing* from him about Denver's problem with police corruption, and the recent issue of jail guards dealing drugs, ordering vicious beat downs, and porn distribution? Apparently the videos of unwarranted brutality by guards on inmates and by his own police force on his own citizens isnt worthy of that statement. Hey Frackenlooper-- what the fuck?

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Colorado's fascist Sheriffs (who whine about paroling inmates), collide with Collaborationist Governor Hack (whose DOC now has more inmates incarcerated than ever before in Colorado's history) -- what a spectacle!  Get rid of all of them -- none of the principals in this story should ever have been elected dogcatcher.  We need to release all the inmates like Evan Ebel; where is his list?

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@ColoradoPatriot Patriot?  Bwahahahahhahahahahhahahahahaha.  Your yappy little cult misuses the term patriot.  The REAL patriots, the founding fathers, were LIBERAL.  Lying doesn't make you a patriot, silly little cultist. 

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@ColoradoPatriot BS!  Hack should not be reelected, but you managed not to cite one coherent reason in your ridiculous invective.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@uw.pokespeak How about those weapons of mass destruction....oooooops, I forgot about that STD you picked up.  Oh, the tragedy of romnesia.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Did he call them conservatives?  Now THAT would be insulting.

hockeysew
hockeysew

Oh look, a shiny object.......

66deuce
66deuce

His job is to govern in a way that best serves the state and the people of Colorado, whilst not violating the US or Colorado Constitutions.  It does not matter if that aligns with his views or not.  We live in a republic, not a monarchy or democracy.  Here in the USA, our systems of governance are designed so that one man, one group or a majority by .000001% do not get to rule over the rest.  Lately that hasn't been working out well, though, since so many in executive offices are wiping their asses with the constitutions.  Hick is gonna learn the hard way, though.  You either honor the constitution and your constituents, or we send you packin'

tugboatbow
tugboatbow

You're right, John... Why should he or anyone else be sorry that they messed up right? I mean "the people" elected him so he should be able to lie if he wants to, right?<insert more sarcasm here>  If it doesn't make sense, it's probably not true. No one I know believes that Gov. Hickenlooper "didn't know" that the the   sheriffs were at the capital. NOT ONE PERSON! This issue is really showing his true character. He's lost my vote.

66deuce
66deuce

The US Constitution is the highest law of the land, supersedes everything else.  Next comes our state constitution, which supersedes all state laws.  Where new legislation conflicts with either constitution, the sheriff's oath is to the higher law.

spicedog2
spicedog2

only until such action violates the US Constitution then it becomes their sworn duty to uphold the Law of the Land.


hockeysew
hockeysew

The Liberal mentality (or lack thereof) in a nutshell.

Eevil
Eevil

The cum finally backed up into your brain, didn't it?

66deuce
66deuce

You're a special kind of stupid, aren't you?

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@hockeysew "The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts while the stupid ones are full of confidence."  Charles Bukowski


I do appreciate you signing off as "idiot," it saves me diagnosing you as such.

nope
nope

@Hillary Your assumption of terror among the masses can fall under the same scrutiny. That, and Hillary Clinton is a blowhard. #Benghazi

YoMama
YoMama

Thanks, Bobby.  It's wouldn't be Wednesday without you calling someone a Fascist.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@66deuce It's just wrong of you to call the governor a republican, because good Americans aren't the ones wiping their asses with the constitution.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@66deuce WELL REGULATED....IT'S RIGHT THERE IN THE CONSTITUTION.  Oops, the constitution is what conservatives wipe their huge, abused and overused, misused asses with.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@hockeysew There is no conservative "mentality," only cult addled feelings.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@YoMama You may not know what the word means.

Fascism -- "An authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization" (Oxford Dictionaries Online).  The United States of America, supposed "land of the free", incarcerates more people than any other country on the face of the Earth.  Colorado's sheriffs want even more people incarcerated; they are fascists!

YoMama
YoMama

I know what the term means, butt munch.  When someone uses it as much as you, it looses its significance.

Maybe the reason the U.S. has more people in prison than any other country is because we have proportionally more fucking criminals!  Is it against the law to kill someone?  Yes!  If some ass kills someone they fucking go to prison.  If they don't want to go to prison, don't kill anyone!  Is it against the law to sell Cocaine?  Yes!  If some moron sells cocaine to an 8 year old, they go to prison!  They know it's against the law.  They know what will happen if they get caught.

If you want to get rid of laws that send people to prison, start with getting rid of laws agains murder, rape, and insider trading!  Free Blago for trying to sell Obamas senate seat!  Free Chuckie Manson.  He and his tribe only slaughtered innocent people

Before anyone gets their panties in a wad, yes I am being facetious, but you are a fucking trip, man!

66deuce
66deuce

@RobertChase @YoMama Well, you can look up a definition.  Good job.  Next lesson: learning to apply it properly. Regardless of their political affiliation, sheriffs do not make law or public policy.  They are not a system of government, only a small component of it.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@YoMama They don't prosecute the big republican wall street donors.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@66deuce  The United States is a fascist society with a fascist government and the least free country on the face of the planet.  Mussolini said that "fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- with the traitorous Supreme Court's decisions in Citizens United v. F.E.C. and McCutcheon v. F.E.C. it is clear that our government is of, by, and for corporations, not the American People.

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