A Happy Father’s Day… for Matt Rosendale

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Maybe it is a good thing that Republican Senate candidate Matt Rosendale will not attend the debate tonight in Whitefish. Rosendale will skip the first major political event of the general election so he can be with family. Were he asked questions or forced to answer for the nationalist policies he endorses, he would have to answer why he gets to spend Sunday with his kids but thousands of people fleeing repression and violence in search of American freedom have to spend this day in a hot and dusty tent camp, separated from one another for yet another painful day.

It would be curious to see if Rosendale does as the man he so blindly supports, President Donald Trump, did and tries to blame this inherently evil immigration policy on the Democrats. Of the many laughable antics our president has tried, this was one of the top ones. Though only a day earlier Trump’s lackeys were explaining this policy was based on Biblical ideals. There is a reason both talking points lasted a day.

The policy is the handiwork of exactly the racist ideologue you would expect capable of it: Stephen Miller. A former college chum of Montana-wannabe Richard Spencer and the kind of guy who you expect has a German Army knife and first edition of “Mein Kampf” in a locked drawer in his desk. Miller has another friend he helped craft policy in the Trump administration: Steve Bannon. Rosendale likes Bannon so much he had his picture taken with him to preserve the moment for eternity. Let us all bathe in that for moment shall we…

Rosendale was “thrilled to have earned his support.” What do you have to do to “earn” the support of a man who was part and parcel of the immigration policies causing trauma for children and sheer misery for their parents? Rosendale will not answer that question either. Montanans, Americans, and immigrants wanting to come here deserve to know what deal Rosendale made to get the financial largesse Bannon can bring.

It is no wonder then that Rosendale is falling so hard for these hardcore immigration policies. He has embraced the very men who have laid the plans to separate families at the border for no other purpose than showing the strength of their power. These men, all white and entitled, now control our nation’s vast bureaucracy. They target the world’s poorest and most needy to show what they can do with presidential power and to show how weak the rest of us are. It will start with immigrants, it will end over the next several years with you and me.

Today, Rosendale will get to have yet another day of blissful ignorance hanging out at home, avoiding questions, and not having to see the reality of what the policies he supports. Yes, obviously I and many others will have similar luxuries tomorrow. But mine will not last long as some of us plan how best to oppose what is happening and try to prevent this from further spiralling. Meanwhile, Rosendale will spend the next weeks and months taking money and support from the same people who led us to this awful juncture in American history.

So Happy Father’s Day, Mr. Rosendale. Enjoy your entitlement and privilege from the comforts of home while the rest of us clean up the mess you and your best friends have made.

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Josh Manning

Josh Manning is a combat veteran who lives in Helena. His writing has appeared in Newsweek and Foreign Policy and he has appeared on MSNBC and CNN. He was a primary researcher to the recently published New York Times bestseller "The Plot to Destroy Democracy" by MSNBC analyst Malcolm Nance. He is part of a growing movement of progressive military veterans working to affect political change You can follow him on Twitter @joshuamanning23

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