Tucker Carlson runs The Daily Caller. It is a beltway insider hit-job factory that I don’t recommend reading.
The Daily Caller posted a piece that claims Montanans are gun-toting, violent morons and jokes about the assault of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs by Greg Gianforte in this piece posted yesterday:
I’ve spent a lot of time in Montana, and I knew the moment this altercation happened that people in Montana wouldn’t really care. In fact, the beautiful people in Montana have a particular disdain for the media and coastal elites. I loved how all these morons in the media thought Gianforte cost himself the election. Anybody who has spent substantial time in Montana knew he sealed his victory the moment Jacobs hit the ground.
A coworker of mine asked me shortly after the dustup what I thought a lot of people in Montana would have done. I jokingly said that at least a few of them probably would have shot him.
And it continues as it discusses the remarks of Montana Republican Party official Karen Marshall who stated she “would have shot” Jacobs.
I don’t know exactly how the state laws in Montana would have applied to a shooting in this situation, but Marshall appears to be very confident it would have been justified.
Greg Gianforte pled guilty to assaulting Ben Jacobs. That is not justified.
Speculating if it is justifiable to murder a reporter for doing their job is beyond reproach, yet those who are familiar with Carlson know that these sorts of discussions are his meat and potatoes.
The repugnant and quite frankly dangerous language in the piece on The Daily Caller was posted just hours before a Russian journalist was stabbed while doing a radio broadcast in Moscow. The journalist, Tatyana Felgengauer works for Ekho Moskvy, an independent station, which often broadcasts views critical of Putin.
It really is an anomaly that Greg Gianforte was elected at all.
His assault on Ben Jacobs on the eve of the election had little impact on a low voter turnout race where 50% of the votes had already been cast via mail-in ballot by the time of his assault. If Montana voters could have cast their ballots knowing that Gianforte would violently and without cause attack a journalist, he would not be in Washington D.C. today.
As shown in the searchable statistics on the Montana Secretary of State’s website nearly 517,000 Montanans cast ballots in the election of November 2016. Seven months later the special election had a total turnout of 383,000, 25% fewer voters turned out.
Montanans are not happy that Greg Gianforte won and the damage that Greg Gianforte has done to Montana will echo for years. From his families’ funding of hate groups inside and outside of Montana to his violent outburst which has branded Montanans in some people’s eyes as an unruly, uneducated mob.
Montanans know we are not these things.
We will elect a new representative to Congress in November 2018 and will work hard to put Gianforte’s shame in the past.
While the piece is wrong on nearly every point it makes the author is correct about one thing, we do have a disdain for coastal elites, coastal elites like Tucker Carlson who give a platform to people like the author to spread disgusting lies about Montanans.
Montanans have no qualms with the media and we don’t really concern ourselves with big city types too much, that’s why we’re in Montana.
What bothers us is when outsiders try to tell us what we Montanans are like and what we should or should not be doing.
We don’t like it when hacks like Tucker Carlson tell us that we like what Greg Gianforte did to Ben Jacobs or that we condone it or would have done it or even gone further as Karen Marshall said:
The reporter at Greg’s barbecue; I was there, I am a friend of Greg’s.
If that kid had done to me what he did to Greg, I would have shot him.
Montana Republican Party Staffer Karen Marshall does not represent Montanans.
Karen Marshall represents Greg Gianforte and the Montana Republican Party
Montanans were very upset when Greg Gianforte assaulted Ben Jacobs and rightly so for a number of reasons.
It is not ok to attack reporters or people you disagree with and we knew opportunistic slimeballs like the author of this piece would use this one incident of Greg Gianforte(who was not born in Montana) to depict the rest of us as brainless, violent morons who hate people from New York City.
The author claims to be familiar with Montana and visits regularly. I doubt this is true as he understands little about us, but just in case, I’d like to extend an invitation to the author to not come back and quit misrepresenting Montanans in the media, it makes you look ignorant.