‘If you’re not left wing, you’re a hate group’

GREELEY, Colo. – The sheriff of one of the country’s largest counties says a recent report by the Southern Poverty Law Center listing a major political party in Colorado as a dangerous group has absolutely no credibility and the group is like “the little boy who cried wolf.”

Weld County Sheriff John Cooke said the SPLC just lists groups its officials disagree with politically as “hate groups.”

Weld County has a land area greater than that of Delaware, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia combined. It’s one of few counties in the state that has no long- term debt.

Cooke said his department does not lend any credence to the information in the SPLC reports.

“We don’t pay any attention to it at all. If you’re not left wing, you’re a hate group according to them,” he said.

The SPLC has received funding from billionaire activist George Soros, who has also funded other left-wing groups including the Daily Kos, SEIU, MoveOn.org, the Huffington Post and Media Matters.

Last week, the group released its latest intelligence report, titled “The Patriot Movement Explodes.” The listing includes the Tenth Amendment Center, Oath Keepers and WND.