I’m Not Going to Tell You That Steve Daines is A Snowflake, But…

In an interview with Montana Public Radio on Monday, Senator Steve Daines told reporter Nicky Ouellet that it was “completely uncalled for” for citizens to criticize politicians after the El Paso and Dayton shootings:

These attacks on political leaders, doesn’t matter which side of the aisle you’re on, for me are completely uncalled for. And this is a time to grieve as a nation and then to take a look at what happened here.

That’s certainly on-brand for Daines, who refuses to have publically announced town halls with Montanans because he might be criticized, but a damn hard sell weeks after he not only defended the President’s tweets about members of the Democratic Party but also turned around to fundraise off those same “attacks on political leaders,” calling fellow members of Congress un-American.

That Daines seems to believe that it’s inappropriate for the public to criticize and demand accountability from politicians who are wholly-owned subsidiaries of the gun lobby, who incite terrorist attacks with their deeply racist rhetoric, and who not only take money from a white nationalist connected gun group but fundraise for it, and then turns around to decry the lack of civility when people call him out for his failure to address the gun issue in his time in Congress is a perfect encapsulation of his entire career.

He’s like a soccer player to spends the entire game playing dirty, throwing elbows and sliding into dangerous tackles, only to flop to the ground wailing for help from the referees like he’s been the victim of a vicious mugging the moment an opposing player gets close to him.

Someone probably should not be a Senator if they are too delicate to take criticism if they fear the public they are paid to represent, and if they think such criticism is “uncalled for.” They especially shouldn’t be a Senator, if while demanding they be treated with kid gloves, they engage in the most reprehensible smears and attacks.

Maybe it’s different at the country club, Senator, but politics is a tough game. If you can’t handle it, maybe it’s time to step aside and let Montanans have a Senator who will fight to keep us safe, not just fight (and fight dirty) for himself.

If you appreciate an independent voice holding Montana politicians accountable and informing voters, and you can throw a few dollars a month our way, we would certainly appreciate it.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a 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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