A tipster sent me this post from a site called White Nations, which bills itself as the home of the White Racial Loyalist Community. I don’t really recommend visiting without ensuring that you have time to take a long shower afterwards, but a post from one of the site’s administrators talks about the longterm vision of those who embrace the takeover of federal lands in Montana: a militia-led secession by the state of Montana.
From the site:
The post makes the connection between Senator Fielder and the Montana militia movement quite clear, and lays out a strategy to defeat Governor Bullock with the assistance of the Koch-funded American Lands Council and replace him with a Republican candidate more amenable to the anti-federal rhetoric of the militia movement. While thus far, Greg Gianforte has been careful not to explicitly endorse Senator Fielder’s extremist rhetoric on public lands, he has certainly used the code words of the movement, pledging to stand up to the federal government and block its regulations, whether they be of guns or power plants.
It would be easy to dismiss this post as the insane ramblings of a deluded racist—and that’s what they are—but to ignore the Montana GOP’s embrace of extremist groups and the militia movement would be to ignore the real threat they do pose to our state. Whether it’s Representative Theresa Manzella endorsing armed insurrection against the government or Senator Fielder arguing that those who occupied the Oregon wildlife refuge were the victims of federal tyranny, the Montana Republican Party has crawled into bed with extremists who see violence and revolution as legitimate means to settle political and legal disputes. That a racist, white nationalist calls for “the Burns Oregon or Bundy Standoff…times one hundred!” is not difference of ideology with Montana extremists in the Legislature, but merely a matter of degree.
That these militia wannabes see Greg Gianforte as the critical last step to begin Montana’s independence is likely madness, but there’s method in ‘t. It’s time for Mr. Gianforte, who promises he will champion Montana business and regular families to denounce these leaders in his own party, and make clear that those who call for insurrection are not patriots, but misguided potential threats to our state and its reputation across the world.
The Freemen and militia movement flourished in Montana when Republicans ignored them. Imagine the threat they pose when leaders in the party give their tactic or overt endorsement of those ideas.