Poor Ryan Zinke. After calling former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “the Anti-Christ” and “the real enemy,” he ran to the friendly confines of the conservative Montana radio show The Flint Report to cry and whine that he was the one who had been attacked. Never denying what he said, Zinke mewled:
“I’ve already been put on the Obama campaign enemy list- and they’re just gonna attack. That’s all these people do is attack, attack, attack.”
I am entirely sure that the Obama “campaign” is not attacking the former State Senator. It’s his own words and actions, as a candidate who will say anything to appear moderate one day and then turn around to pander to a rightwing audience the next.
It seems Zinke may have misjudged one audience, though. A number of people have told me about his bizarre performance at the weekly Hometown Helena event, a performance that included lying about the MEA/MFT, some troubling sexism—and handing out some .50 cal ammunition as part of his commitment to protect “gun rights.” Politics USA confirms that Zinke has made a habit of handing out the ammunition at events.
I’m certainly no gun expert, but this video shows some .50 cal ammunition in action. By any measure, that’s probably not the kind of weapon someone needs for hunting or home defense, unless the home in question is the militia hideout.
That’s another shift from Zinke, who as recently as 2011, said that there needed to be restrictions on “military-level” weapons, telling Cody Bloomsburg:
He’s pro-gun but he doesn’t believe in the public ownership of military-level weapons. And he says there are some places where guns just don’t belong, like schools.
Tomorrow, we’ll talk about some of the fringe groups Zinke met with while he was the chairman of Special Operations for America.