Republicans:  Go on the record, speak out against bullies today!

You have until 8pm tonight when polls close in Montana.  It would be best if you could please do it as soon as possible.

In case you missed it…

Greg Gianforte is the Republican candidate for Montana’s sole Congressional seat (note that Montana has two Senators, but that is a gripe for another day).  He is in a heated race against a candidate, Rob Quist, who Bernie Sanders has been supporting very early.  The race was close before the assault on a journalist and was seen as one of a handful of liberal vs conservative races in the next few weeks which might portent how the Congressional elections in 2018 will go.

I’m worried, perhaps paranoid at this point, that Gianforte will win given today’s Republican Party and their supporters (one example is Lisa Smith’s tweet below).  Remember, candidate Trump warned us that he could shoot someone and still not lose his loyal voters.  I’m worried that the attack on the reporter, for finding an opportunity to ask a question about a Congressional Budget Office score of the American Health Care Act, will be a reason to go out and vote FOR Greg Gianforte.

I’m worried that this framing of the attack in Rawstory is what will actually DRAW many voters to the polls.


Also please note that the Greg Gianforte campaign then went on to blame liberal journalists for his actions.  Remember your rhetoric about “personal responsibility” and not blaming the victim?

That is why I’m asking for your statement today for like-minded supporters of yours to stay home.  This isn’t a trial, this is an election and it’s happening less than 24 hours after the assault.  We don’t need evidence beyond a reasonable doubt to get on the record telling people who think and vote like you do more often than not to stay at home today.

I’m not asking for you to tell others that in this situation you would have voted for a politician with whom you don’t agree, I’m simply asking you to remind people that violence is not OK and to do it before the polls close at 8pm Central Time today.

Three of the largest of Montana’s papers have rescinded their prior endorsement and you should go on the record too.

The Billings Gazette

The Missoulian, and

The Helena Independent Record

Given the partisan record of Republicans when faced with potential scandals and/or non-scandals, I think we all know that if elected, Greg Gianforte will hold his position at least until the next election in 2018.  The time to act in support of our shared values against bullying and physical aggression and toward reporters is today.

Then let us all cross our fingers and wish Montana voters the best today.



6 thoughts on “Republicans:  Go on the record, speak out against bullies today!

    1. Not surprising. Definitely not a moral victory for Dems either. But I do think we are through the looking glass with Republican politics though. One Republican hero is David Frum. I definitely recommend his Twitter feed.

      Also, he is a Canadian transplant which might explain his sensibility.

  1. Henchman Of Justice says:

    Another liar is put into office.

    Simply comparing the audio to this dude’s post-passive aggressive denialist “sorry explanation” public statements shows how bad America is right now……….. How many years of putting liars into office will people have to continue to endure, seems to be the rational question now that the two party system has proven it does nothing but lie and the voters decided to put Trump into office even though he lies (less than Hillary, but still not good)……. so it just seems people are content with lies……. that people live a life of lies…….. and that every morning that lying people look into the mirror, they’re just looking at one big lie.

    United States Of Lying Liars.

    Interesting to know is how many people wanted to change their vote after the incident so now it raises the question of whether or not a voter should get a Grace Period for which they can recall their vote, or deem it invalid………. Because everyone should know why any voter votes and why voters who care do research and if that research then slaps them in the face because a candidate does something like that on the eve of the election it just seems that the voter especially mail-in ballots need some sort of recognition so as to be able to have a little bit more say in the matter then just allowing their vote to go to somebody that they never intended it to go to in the first place because that somebody had pulled a bait-and-switch on them in the form of showing some personal characterization trait that was never exhibited prior to a vote being casted for which the characterization of a person is one of the main premises and tenants that people use to vote for or against a certain candidate.

    It’s all about the sanctity of the vote and since the sanctity of the institution no longer exists, and people question…… including a charge as to whether it (sanctity of government) ever existed to begin with, so too is the case with elections with the sanctity of the elections, especially when Liars are being put into office.

    More people now in the past few months don’t give a fuck about politics they’re turning off Trump they’re turning off the news because it doesn’t matter anymore because what Obama left us, if left untouched, is still going to allow the economy to advance and every time a new party goes into power and Tinkers with what the last party did, it’s what the market likes, it’s what stock Traders like because it’s volatility……. nothing in America is predictable because things move too fast by way of greed, power and control.

    Feeling really really bad for the voters who wanted to pull their vote back, and in hindsight it’s probably going to hurt the overall Republican party much worse now than 2 days ago.

    The two party system still at it, lies…..

    And if this piece of shit liar were to have done the same thing where audio or video didn’t pick it up and three eyewitnesses from Fox News were not attending, you can bet the guy would have lied even more and that any apology would have been ill founded just like the one that he gave, but do you really think he would be sorry if he didn’t get caught the way he did…… Hell no.

  2. Henchman Of Justice says:

    Go to the profile of Aaron Rupar
    Aaron Rupar
    Journalist, ThinkProgress. Twitter: @atrupar. Email:
    May 26
    Montana Republican admits his original story about assaulting a reporter was a lie
    What Greg Gianforte said after winning an election was drastically different than the story his campaign told the day before.

    Greg Gianforte prepares to go onstage at a hotel ballroom in Bozeman to thank supporters after winning Montana’s sole congressional seat on Thursday. In his speech, Gianforte apologized for a altercation at his campaign headquarters with a reporter on the eve of the special election. The altercation led to a misdemeanor assault citation. CREDIT: AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan
    After being declared the winner of Thursday’s special House election in Montana, Republican Greg Gianforte apologized for assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs the evening before.
    “I need to share something from my heart here, and I just ask you to bear with me,” Gianforte told attendees at his victory event. “When you make a mistake, you have to own up to it. That’s the Montana way. Last night, I made a mistake, and I took an action that I can’t take back.”
    Fox News ignores eyewitness account from its own reporter, buries GOP candidate’s assault charge

    “Gianforte’s campaign says the men both fell…”
    He continued:
    I’m not proud of what happened. I should not have responded in the way that I did, and for that I’m sorry. I should not have treated that reporter that way, and for that I’m sorry, Mr. Ben Jacobs. I also want to apologize to the Fox News team that was there, and I’m sorry to each one of you that we had to go through this. That’s not the person I am, and it’s not that way I’ll lead in this state.

    The day before, his campaign told a very different story about what happened after Jacobs asked for Gianforte’s reaction to the Congressional Budget Office’s score of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). (Gianforte managed to get through the campaign without taking a position on the bill.)
    In a statement released immediately after the incident on Wednesday, a spokesman for Gianforte characterized Jacobs as the aggressor and smeared him as a “liberal journalist” who “created this scene at our campaign volunteer BBQ.”
    The statement said Jacobs “aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg’s face” and instigated physical contact with Gianforte.
    “Jacobs grabbed Greg’s wrist, and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground,” the statement said, pinning blame for the ugly scene on Jacobs’ “aggressive behavior.”
    But that story was taken apart a short time later by a team of Fox News journalists who witnessed the assault. One of them, Alicia Acuna, authored a story detailing how Gianforte, without any physical provocation, “grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him.”
    “Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter,” wrote Acuna. “As Gianforte moved on top of Jacobs, he began yelling something to the effect of, ‘I’m sick and tired of this!’”
    The Fox News journalists’ story, combined with Jacobs’ account, was apparently more persuasive to the Gallatin County sheriff than Gianforte’s campaign statement — even though the sheriff donated to Gianforte’s campaign. Hours after Fox News’ story went live, Gianforte was cited for misdemeanor assault. He’s due in court next month.
    Gianforte’s apology on Thursday didn’t even allude to the statement his campaign released the day before. It served as tacit acknowledgement it was a lie.
    While Gianforte felt compelled to apologize, some of his future colleagues in the House Republican caucus didn’t seem to think it was necessary. On Wednesday, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) blamed liberals for the assault, telling MSNBC that “the left has precipitated this tense, confrontational approach throughout the country in recent months. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) suggested Jacobs might have had it coming, saying, “it’s not appropriate behavior. Unless the reporter deserved it.”
    Republicans respond with jokes, platitudes after candidate is charged with assault of reporter

    Most just admitted they wanted another Republican vote in the House.
    Others cracked jokes.

    Asked about the assault, Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI) said, “I think he’d be very welcome here, seems like a good guy,” and indicated he looked forward to Gianforte helping Trump and Republicans “drain the swamp.”
    Trump — who never apologized for the numerous sexual assaults he was accused of during his campaign— didn’t issue a statement. But the voice of the president who has declared the news media as “the enemy of the American people” was used in Republican National Committee robocalls in which he called Gianforte “my friend” and “a wonderful guy.”
    Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence congratulated Gianforte on Friday morning.

    PoliticsGreg GianforteMontana
    Go to the profile of Aaron Rupar
    Aaron Rupar
    Journalist, ThinkProgress. Twitter: @atrupar. Email:
    Moving news forward.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Go Greg! It’s about time someone stepped up and put the whining self important people who think that they run everything. ,in place

    1. MAGA! You know you can do this to, but your words have less impact if you don’t have the courage of your convictions to use your own name, or at the very least use one handle so we can evaluate your thoughts and ideas over time.

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