During a routine visit to a middle school classroom in Kalispell on Monday, 7th grade students in Mr. Fox’s history class were given a civics lesson by Greg Gianforte and no one can state the basics of that lesson more clearly than Rep. Gianforte:
“I love coming to Mr. Fox’s class. The kids are well prepped, they’ve been studying the Constitution, and they want to know how Washington works — or doesn’t work.” via KECI/NBC Montana
“How Washington works — or doesn’t work.” A little trite, but no one has ever claimed that Gianforte was much more than soundbites and allegiance to extremist ideology.
While the throwaway line would normally mean nothing the reporter here shows accidentally, or maybe under duress, a perfect illustration of what really happened that day.
I read the KECI story online and then found another story about the event that KPAX published and some telling visuals of the real questions students asked that day.
(Perhaps KPAX should blur out the names of minors, but alas, one problem at a time.)
You’ll notice at 19 seconds of the video clip a copy of the questions that were asked that day by the students is shown.
Here is a screenshot of that footage with the names of minors crossed out and a crucial question not mentioned in the KECI story.
The underlined question above states:
“…your assault of Ben Jacobs and when it happened did you think it would impact…”
I have confirmed with a parent of a student in the room that a question was asked to Rep. Gianforte about his conviction for assaulting a reporter and the impact that would have on the children of Montana, especially considering the epidemic of bullying.
Why Sinclair owned KECI/NBC Montana chose not to report on this raises troubling questions of bias.
Mr. Gianforte could have responded thoughtfully to this question, he could have shown these children that a person can be wrong in their life, make amends and help others learn from that mistake, especially children. Instead, Mr. Gianforte answered, according to my sources, that ‘he doesn’t talk about that’ and further he decided to denigrate his own employer, the U.S. government.
I think this is a fairly perfect civics lesson of “how Washington works — or doesn’t work.” Thanks for that quote Rep. Gianforte, I needed that reminder, while we have always had an imperfect union, we have always strived for better, and achieved progress. It seems that your progress is only deflection and now attempts to run for higher office.
The people of Montana will have questions of you in the future Rep. Gianforte, please try to respond civilly. We must have civility, Rep. Gianforte.
(Kudos to the KPAX reporter for the image of the questions!)