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Matt Rosendale’s Anti-Government Pastor Pal Calls 9/11 a Hoax. Does Matt Stand With Him?

Just over two months ago, we reported that Senate candidate Matt Rosendale attended a church service conducted by anti-government preacher Chuck Baldwin, shared the state with him at an anti-government rally, and has endorsed his views and sites on Facebook. In that story, we reported that Baldwin, who has a horrifying record of discrimination and hate directed at the LGBTQ community, Muslims, and Jews, blamed Jewish people and their “Rothschild” “tentacles” for the horrors of World War 1 and 2.

Baldwin is back today with another take on geopolitics, arguing that 9/11 was a fraud perpetrated by the highest levels of government:

Behind the War on Terror is a strategic plan crafted decades in advance to redraw the map of the Middle East. 9/11 was a false-flag operation blamed on Muslims in order to start the military operations for that strategic plan. Recognizing the origin of the plan is crucial to understanding the deception that has changed our world.

Folks, 9/11 was a deception. The “War on Terror” is a deception. The phony left-right paradigm is a deception. FOX News is as much a deception as CNN. The “always Trump” group is as much a deception as the “never Trump” group. America has been in the throes of a great deception since September 11, 2001. And this deception is being perpetrated by Republicans and Democrats and conservatives and liberals alike.

Even by Baldwin’s standards, that’s some crazy talk and once again, it raises questions about Rosendale. Why did he attend a Baldwin rally in Kalispell? Why did attend his church? Why did he endorse Baldwin and his church on his Facebook page?

A person could reasonably argue that Mr. Rosendale should not be held accountable for the words of Baldwin, despite repeatedly showing support for him. There are a couple of problems with that theory, though. As abhorrent as Baldwin’s remarks were about World War 2 and 9/11, they’re nothing out of the ordinary for him. When Rosendale attended his rally and his church service, Baldwin had already described Montana as the “tip of the spear” in his fight against the government and globalists. He had already connected to the militia movement and called on like-minded white nationalists to come to Montana to become the modern-day Alamo (a terrible analogy) in the right against the government.

And still, Matt Rosendale attended his church service, attended his rally, and endorsed him online.

There is a second reason why Mr. Rosendale needs to answer for his connection to Mr. Baldwin and his hate group. A cursory examination of Mr. Rosendale’s campaign twitter feed shows that his campaign his largely based on the association propaganda technique. Rosendale has repeatedly suggested that Jon Tester is somehow responsible for every bad idea a Democrat has proposed in the House or Senate, no matter if the bill even reached a vote and often ignoring that Tester opposed the measure in question. Just this week, one of Rosendale’s campaign surrogates suggested that Tester was anti-gun using the same tactic.

In the case of Rosendale and the white nationalist preacher, the connection is actually real. Hell, even very conservative commentator Ed Berry argued that Rosendale needs to reject Baldwin and his militia pals, something he just hasn’t done:

The only way Matt Rosendale can save his Montana political future is to reject his association with Oath Keepers and Pastor Baldwin and to campaign vigorously for Ryan Zinke, which so far he has not done. Also, if there is a next time, maybe Rosendale should shoot donkeys rather than drones.

Given the danger posed by the anti-government movement in Montana and their abhorrent views, Mr. Rosendale owes Montanans an explanation here. What does he think about Pastor Baldwin and his views? What does he think about the militia-linked Oath Keepers? Does he think the government or Zionist globalists are responsible for 9/11? After endorsing those who espoused those views, it’s hard to understand why Mr. Rosendale should get a free pass on them.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, 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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