Perhaps mistaking it for one of his sham virtual town halls or the software he developed to let American businesses outsource their employees, Greg Gianforte did—virtually—attend the scheduled Republican gubernatorial debate last night.
As a spectator. On Facebook.
While watching the debate last night on Facebook, I noticed that Gianforte appeared as a spectator on the Facebook feed. So, it appeared, did observers on Twitter, who posted this image after the debate. (I’ve redacted the names of people not running cowardly campaigns for governor from the image.)
Gianforte, who could not be troubled to attend the debate himself and who claimed the event was scheduled over time with his family, somehow found the time to watch his two GOP rivals square off in front of an audience of actual Montanans.
Quite a few days for Congressman Gianforte, who has still not held a real town hall in his tenure as our Representative. He began with another of his scripted, pre-screened town halls citing a bigot’s advice that one should listen to people with opposing views. He followed that up by slinking into an event for fat cats with an out-of-state adulterer rather than meeting with the people of Helena. And he closed it by virtually watching a debate between two candidates at least brave enough to hold a public event.
If you’re not brave enough to face us, you’re not brave enough to lead us, Mr. Gianforte. It’s that simple.