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2020 Governor Featured Greg Gianforte Montana Politics

Donald Trump, Jr. Is Already Conning the Gianforte Campaign

Rejoice, good people of Helena. This coming Saturday Sunday evening, our lovely community will have the distinct honor of hosting not one, but two bigoted grifters from the greater New Jersey area when Donald Trump, Jr. will be in town raising money for New Jersey’s own Greg Gianforte. He’ll even be bringing along his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle

Gianforte, who lacks the courage necessary to face our community in a GOP primary debate in Helena two nights later, will almost certainly be in his element at the Trump event, which will be closed to the public and open to a hand-picked selection of people eager to pay up to $1,000 to meet the most obvious—and oblivious example—of the dangers of nepotism in American history:

Gianforte’s Nov. 24 fundraiser invitation suggests a $250 per-person donation and, for a $1,000 donation, supporters can be part of an “intimate group reception and photo opportunity.”

Inviting Trump, Jr. and the woman he left his wife, children, and other mistress for is an interesting move for Mr. Gianforte, whose rather fundamentalist Biblical beliefs seem limited to the belief that retirement, homosexuality, and equal rights for women are immoral. Perhaps his copy of the Bible had had the portions about adultery removed, along with the references to love and compassion.

That Guilfoyle left her last job under a cloud of sexual harassment allegations also seems not to bother the very Christian, very moral Gianforte.

The strange ethics of the invite are matched by their strange politics. Trump Jr. visited Montana a handful of times in support of Matt Rosendale’s bid for the US Senate, and the least talented and ethical Trump child was unable to help Rosendale win over Montana voters, but he did manage to make it abundantly clear that he’s the most embarrassing out-of-state hunter to have graced Montana this side of Troy Downing.

And the last time Trump Jr. and Gianforte teamed up, they did the thing both are best at: they lied about an easily disproven story and Trump proved how manly he was by shooting some prairie dogs.

All in all, Gianforte and Jr. are an almost perfect match for one another. What Republicans like Gianforte seem not to have realized yet, somehow, despite all the evidence, is that the entire Trump clan is only in this for themselves, to enrich themselves, to build their profiles. Other than tax cuts for wastrel heirs, they don’t give a damn about Republican policies, Republican values, or Republican candidates.

And they sure as hell don’t care about Greg Gianforte any more than he cares about us.

One final note. The Montana Club, which will be hosting the event, where the event is taking place, is literally a 23-second walk from my apartment. If anyone is interested in putting together a welcoming party for Gianforte and Trump, feel free to drop me an e-mail at [email protected] and we’ll see what kind of interest we have.

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.

About the author

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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