Helena Mayor Jim Smith Sided with Group Planning Massive Alt-Right Rallies After Charlottesville Violence


This image may send shockwaves through Montana’s Capital City.

Current Helena Mayor Jim Smith was caught siding with one of the groups that was planning and organizing mass rallies directly after the Charlottesville white supremacist rally that led to the death of one peaceful counter-protester at the hands of a neo-nazi, while 19 other individuals were injured.

The really frightening part of this is who posted the image, Tim Ravndal.

Ravndal posted this image and quote to Facebook: LINK to Image on Facebook

“Mayor of Helena Jim Smith attended the ACT presentation on American Security in Helena and promises he will not sign off on welcoming refugees to Helena like Missoula did.”

Here is a Screenshot of the post just in case it goes missing:

Ravndal posted this image on Facebook and is a current member of ACT for America, a group that was recently linked to coordinating with what some called neo-nazi groups to hold 67 Rallies across the U.S. but were later canceled due to public outcry.

Ravndal is a disgraced former leader of the Montana Tea Party who was forced to resign because of a post that seemed to suggest violence against the LGBTQ+ community. If someone is forced to resign from the Tea Party, then you know they are doing something very wrong.

ACT for America are extremists of the most dangerous sort, the violence we saw in Charlottesville was not only predictable from these sorts of people, but foreseeable as the Helena IR reported:

“The president of the Big Sky Tea Party Association has been removed from his position and booted from the party after coming under fire for a post he made on his Facebook profile that implied he condones violence against homosexuals.

Tim Ravndal was removed as president of the local chapter Sunday after the group’s board of directors learned of his volatile post on the online social networking site.” From the Helena Independent Record Sept. 7th 2010

Within the comments of Ravndal’s post are ramblings of Islamophobia and slurs. He also goes on to say he’ll light a match to Missoula too. Whatever that means?!?

That is what makes it even more disturbing that Helena Mayor Jim Smith would side with Ravndal and this organization and their blatant hatred against those that they disagree with. Helena and its people deserve better than a man who sympathizes with white supremacists.

Jim Smith has made a lot of mistakes as Mayor of Helena

  1. Not budgeting correctly to plow the snow and ice from the dangerous roads of Helena in winter. This led the sheriff’s office to call a state of emergency on February 10th, 2017. Schools were closed and multiple accidents occurred.
  2. In 2015 Smith did not support the removal of the Confederate Monument (he has since bowed to public           pressure.) He said a descriptive sign would suffice but never paid for one to be made.
  3. Smith continually underfunds essential services in the city of Helena like firefighting and road maintenance. The Helena firefighters have been below adequate staff levels for years, which led the Helena Firefighters IAFF Local 448 to endorse Smith’s opponent in the 2017 Mayoral race.
  4. Smith supports Tim Ravndal and ACT for America in their blatantly bigoted ideas and actions.

The people of Helena are hard working Montana’s. They want a city that is properly run with essential services funded and equal rights for everyone. Helena doesn’t need a good ol’ boy politician who panders to white supremacists.

It’s time to look for new leadership in Montana’s Capital City.

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Mary Holt
Mary Holt

I don’t disagree that Mayor Jim Smith may have outlived his leadership capability for Helena’s future, but attacks like this are not going to win my support. He’s been a good Mayor and deserves respect and discussions/debates of the issues, not attacks like this. There’s no way Jim supports white supremists. Find out a little more about why he was at that meeting. If Mr. Collins supported this post, he loses my respect. It’s ok not to agree him but to misrepresent him is not acceptable. The whole commission is responsible for whatever failures you perceive in city services, the… Read more »

Jim Smith
Jim Smith

September 16, 2017 I reject violent extremism in all its hideous forms and behaviors, be it the alt-right, the alt-left or any-alt in between. No matter if it’s foreign or domestic; homegrown or imported from any of the nearly 200 other nation states in the world today; whether it’s religious or secular in nature, I reject violent extremism. A friend of mine invited me to the ACT meeting. The speaker that night was retired Los Angeles Police Officer who worked the streets and had some experience and understanding of how gang members become radicalized in prison. Here again, it matters… Read more »

Joe Rangel
Joe Rangel

HA! I was at that memorial at the Capitol. I almost walked out because Smith kept attacking “extremists” who dared stand up to TRUMP.

I think the current mayor of Helena is squarely in allegiance with President Trump….

….on more issues than just his radical anti-refugee stand.

Frank Kromkowski
Frank Kromkowski

I’ve known Mayor Jim Smith as a friend since the early 70s and know that he is not a racist. While I have not always agreed with his actions or views, I know he is a good person, and I admire him … but I am proudly supporting progressive candidate Wilmot Collins in the November 7th Helena city election. Jim Smith recently voted to dismantle the Confederate memorial, and I talked to him for a long time that evening, thanking him, right after that vote, telling him in person that I think he is a good person and that I… Read more »

Frank Kromkowski
Frank Kromkowski

BELOW: Complete comments I tried to post at Montana Post on Sept 29 — some parts of what I wrote seem to have disappeared. I’ve known Mayor Jim Smith as a friend since the early 70s and know that he is not a racist. While I have not always agreed with his actions or views, I know he is a good person, and I admire him… but I am proudly supporting Wilmot Collins in the November 7th Helena city election. Jim Smith recently voted to dismantle the Confederate memorial, and I talked to him for a long time that evening,… Read more »

Don Pogreba

Sorry for the glitch. The links probably caused it to go to spam. Does everything look the way you want it now?

Frank Kromkowski
Frank Kromkowski

“Does everything look the way you want it now?”

Louise Ferst
Louise Ferst

There is so much wrong with this article that it’s difficult to know where to begin. And it would not matter–it’s already almost a month old–except that in today’s Independent Record Joshua Manning used it as a source, quoting much of it without attribution, to revive accusations against candidate Jim Smith, presumably in order to support candidate Wilmot Collins. This post is mean, petty, unjust, divisive, and typical of the dirty tricks we expect from the far right. As I said to Mr. Collins at a recent campaign gathering, with friends like this, you don’t need enemies. First, the headline… Read more »


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