“One month ago, the world watched in horror as a shooter in New Zealand killed 50 people and injured 50 others at a Mosque in Christchurch. Originally from Australia, the shooter was described as a white supremacist heavily influenced by the alt-right movement here in the United States. I condemned this and any act of terrorism, but we must do more to prevent it.”
Andy Shirtliff, potential candidate for statewide office in 2020
The Manifesto that was published by the New Zealand mosque shooter had this to say:
Q: “Is there a particular person that radicalized you the most?”
A: “Yes, the person that has influenced me above all was Candace Owens,” Tarrant wrote in an answer to the question, “Each time she spoke I was stunned by her insights and her own views helped push me further and further into the belief of violence over meekness,” he continued. “Though I will have to disavow some of her beliefs, the extreme actions she calls for me are too much, even for my tastes.” via the New York Post
Don wrote about Greg Gianforte and Steve Daines standing on stage with the communications director of Turning Point USA, Candace Owens last Thursday.
Daines and Gianforte spoke with TP USA Communications Director Candace Owens, who recently praised the nationalism of Adolf Hitler and previously so offensively mocked sexual assault survivors that even fellow conservatives condemned her.
Full unedited clip of Candace Owens comments about Hitler:
Kathleen Williams, Democratic nominee for Congress in 2018 and candidate for Congress in 2020 responded to Greg Gianforte’s appearance at the TPUSA event last Thursday:
Ordinary Montanans struggle to find meaningful opportunities to discuss their concerns with our U.S. Representative. Meanwhile he is giving a platform and support to fringe groups. This is a long-standing pattern with Congressman Gianforte aligning with those who advance division and play fast and loose with the facts.
In this era of polarization, Montanans know we need someone to unite us around common values not further divide us. We MUST change our representation in Congress to represent and be available to ALL of Montana, not just a select few.
Andy Shirtliff’s statement continued:
A few years ago, the people of Whitefish stood together against the founder of the alt-right movement, telling him that only Love Lives Here.
But recently, Senator Daines and Representative Gianforte who rarely make public appearances, showed up to speak at an alt-right event. Donating to a white nationalist and insulting Native Americans is dangerous, but joining the alt-right on stage is unacceptable.
My friends and neighbors, hate will never win and will never be tolerated, because it is not who we are as Montanans. We will continue to stand up speak out against hate and bigotry in any form.
Tom Winter, candidate for Congress had this to say:
“I was one of the only folks in the legislature to flip a tough district last cycle because I understand you’ve got to be willing to talk to everyone with decency and respect, regardless of whether you share their opinions. But that’s exactly why I’m so disappointed in Congressman Gianforte – rather than standing up for all of us, he’s sharing a stage with groups the Anti-Defamation League has pointed out as having made racist and bigoted comments. How is cozying up with people like this part of his job description?”
Turning Point USA is a right-wing student organization with chapters on campuses around the country. The leaders and members of the group have made racist and bigoted comments, and they have been linked to a variety of extremists. Our experts have more: https://t.co/sWAM8RP90n
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