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Reverend Himes Doesn’t Just Lie in Montana

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Researching my last post about House Bill 516, I came across this interesting bit of information about Montana’s own Harris Himes, who will no doubt be offering hate-filled testimony in just over an hour. It turns out that, in one respect, Himes doesn’t discriminate: he’s willing to lie no matter what state he’s in.

Back in November of 2009, Himes claimed to have witnessed the Andrew Breitbart-trumped up “assault” on Kenneth Gladney in Missouri. He didn’t just lie once; he lied repeatedly:

Two of the witnesses are Harris Himes and his wife Sandra. Harris Himes is a right-wing activist from Montana who believes the United States should be a theocracy. He leaked information to the right-wing media in an attempt to bias public opinion. The original police report stated that Himes and his wife saw McCowan and Molens attack Gladney. However, in a separate interview, Himes admitted that he was a distance away when the fight started, and that his wife didn’t see the fight start. The police report also quoted Himes as saying that Gladney was pulled over a table despite the fact that there was no table at the site. Finally, in one story, Himes said that McCowan punched Gladney and Gladney fell to the ground, but in the video Himes claimed that Molens rather than McCowan knocked Gladney to the ground originally.

Himes and his wife basically concocted a story to fit a Tea Party narrative and to get a moment’s notoriety.

When he testifies today, why should we believe him this time?

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it’s a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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