Ryan Zinke: Trump Man

While he’s continued to waffle in the Montana press when asked about likely GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, Congressman Ryan Zinke offered the national right-wing media an enthusiastic, if grammatically-challenged endorsement of the New York xenophobe. Appearing on Fox Business Network, Zinke made it clear that not only will he support Donald Trump, but that the rest of the Republican Party should as well. From the Congressman:

The nominee is Donald Trump. He is our nominee. It was decisive. And we are going to have to rally behind him. A lot of it is the leadership team around him. I’ll go back to Ronald Reagan, a good candidate became a great president. A lot of it was the people he had around him. And I think we are all looking at what that leadership team is going to look like with Donald Trump. The American people have spoke. The Republican party has spoke.

And now, it seems, Congressman Zinke has, uh, spoke. And chosen to put party above country. He’s endorsed a callow, narcissistic xenophobe whose foreign policy is as incoherent as it is abhorrent. He’s chosen to endorse a morally bankrupt sexist who has managed to file for bankruptcy more times that Zinke mentions he was a SEAL in an interview. He’s chosen to endorse a candidate for President to wants to break out NATO alliance, who would consider using nuclear weapons in Europe, who routinely makes deeply racist remarks about Hispanics, and whose sexism is so deep and entrenched that mocking a female reporter by suggesting her menstrual cycle caused her to ask him hard questions wouldn’t make the top ten of his most offensive remarks.

Congressman Zinke is certainly familiar with unqualified egotists who will say and do anything to win an election, but it’s almost impossible to believe that someone who struts around talking about the importance of American foreign policy would, for the sake of partisanship, endorse a person like Donald Trump for President. This piece from the Washington Post perhaps best explains why an opportunist like Zinke finds such a compelling soulmate in candidate Trump:

Trump reversed himself on the minimum wage and now vows to raise taxes. Those Republicans who said the party had to fall in line behind him or we’d have tax increases, job-killing minimum wage hikes and socialized medicine — all things he said at one time or another that he wants –need a new excuse to back the billionaire mogul. Having supported him based on the hope his tax plan would last a millisecond after his nomination, leaders of anti-tax groups — or really any group with “conservative” in its name — look like chumps. It is not simply that Trump lacks consistent conservative principles; rather, he lacks any principles whatsoever.

Let’s hope the Montana presses him to explain his support for this candidate.

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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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  • Trump is the best candidate for President the Republican Party has since Ronald Reagan. I find the “Establishment” politicians of both parties a group of corrupt, deceitful, and selfish unpatriotic traitors to the “Lawful citizens” of the U.S.

    I’ve considered Zinke to be solidly a part of that “establishment” (which position he has gained and demonstrated by voting Boehner and Ryan as Speaker of the House), and by voting for the TTP. Now he is endorsing Trump (which is good), but I’m sure he is doing it just to save himself from being rejected by the multitude of Trump supporters and losing his office (which still should happen) since his support is simply an act of self-preservation.

    We now have a “choice” NOT an “Echo.”

    I’m all in, and have from the beginning, for Trump.

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