Here’s a fundraising email from the Senator: “I firmly stand with our President – especially when it comes to securing our borders and protecting the rule of law.”
Daines would like me to “chip in $10, $25, $50, $100 or more” to help build the wall.
He’s supporting Trump’s government shutdown in favor of “border security.” Does Daines mean our border with Canada? The southern border certainly hasn’t posed much of a threat to Montana.
But Daines would rather play the fear card while ignoring Montana’s government workers — Forest and Park Service employees, federal law enforcement and TSA, to name but a few — sweating how they’re going to pay their bills.
Then there’s Daines claim of “protecting the rule of law.” That’s rich, as the American Prospect points out:
The “rule of law” distinguishes democracies from dictatorships. It’s based on three fundamental principles. Trump is violating every one of them…
The first is that no person is above the law, not even a president. Which means a president cannot stop an investigation into his alleged illegal acts…
The second principle of the rule of law is that a president cannot prosecute political opponents or critics…
The third principle of the rule of law is that a president must be respectful of the independence of the judiciary.
Daines continues his tirade: “Democrats have continued to choose illegal immigrants over the safety of our American citizens but luckily President Trump is there to lead Congress.” Right. Illegal immigrants have wreaked havoc in Montana — and Trump has proven to be such an effective leader, especially with respect to Congress.
There’s also the cost of a shutdown. There was an estimated $24 billion price tag associated with the 2013 16-day shutdown. Montana won’t escape that sort of economic hit.
Montana’s Representative in Congress, Greg Gianforte, also has Trump’s back when it comes to the shutdown and funding the wall, but Gianforte is lying low on email, Twitter and Facebook when it comes to the shutdown (and he isn’t emailing me for wall construction dollars, yet). It’s a smart move, which is unlike Gianforte, but as opposed to Daines’ opportunism, he’s waiting and see where the chips may fall.
The GOP still believes that immigration is a winning issue above all others. As the economy cools and the stock market continues on its roller coaster ride, as health care becomes increasingly convoluted and government services decline … well, 2019 is off to an inauspicious start. Daines’ punditry isn’t helping and the wall may prove to be the least important issue facing the Republican Party.
At the end of Daines’ plea for my money, there’s this: “Steve is committed to always putting Montana first…”
It’s more like he’s putting a belligerent, self-absorbed president — who has no interest in the livelihoods of federal workers in our state and country — above what’s right for Montana and America.