Ryan Zinke: Making Us Look Good in the New York Times

In this otherwise anodyne softball interview with the New York Times, Montana’s Congressman sure came across as a statesman in this exchange:

When you were campaigning, you once called Hillary Rodham Clinton “the real enemy.”

That’s not really true. I was at a small fund-raiser in Bigfork, Mont. You give your little speech, and at the end of it they said, “What are the candidates that you think are going to be on the Republican side?” And they said, “What about Hillary?” I said, “You mean the Antichrist?”

Zinke not only managed to come across like the ass he is, but he was lying. According to the Big Fork Eagle he said:

“We need to focus on the real enemy,” he said, referring to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whom he called the “anti-Christ.”

You may be tempted to believe Zinke, but he told the Helena Vigilante in February that he had made the remarks.

And it’s also worth remembering that, at the same event in Big Fork, he lied about Newt Gingrich being a senior campaign advisor, as the Huffington Post:

Zinke also said during his campaign appearance that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) is a “senior adviser” to his campaign. Gingrich, however, told The Huffington Post that is not true.

It’s almost enough to make you miss a mustachioed subdivision rancher with a love of fried chicken, isn’t it?

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a 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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  • Slinky the Barking Seal is egg SACKLY what his bio indicates, a big dumb lummox who played WAY too much football without a helmet! And then went on to a life of relative ease and security SUCKING large off’n Unca Sugartit in the military! Once slinky left the military tit, he needed a job. And a new tite. And unfortunately in Montana, being a lifer tit sucker in the military is ALL you need to suck a job up in the hated gummint! I mean, nuthin’ says qualified like a big dumb lummox who sucked his entire LIFE offn’ the hated gummint he hates! I hear that they plan to make a movie ’bout Slinky’s life similar to American Sniper called American Diaper, ’bout a guy who is full of shyt! That’d be your Slinky!

  • You beat me to the draw again, Pogie. I saw that interview buried in a copy of the NY Times I picked up at the airport. Was going to post on it when I returned to Missoula. What an insipid interview, and pathetic answers from our lone congressman.

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