Gianforte Sham Town Hall Exposed as He Refuses to Answer about Evictions: Audio!

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I don’t know who Megan from Bozeman is, but she’s a new hero of mine. Somehow slipping through the screeners who make sure that Greg Gianforte and Steve Daines never have to answer a challenging question during their sham telephone town halls, Megan was able to ask the Congressman a pointed question today.

And he refused to answer it.

During the session, billed as a “statewide town hall about COVID-19,” Megan asked Gianforte if he agreed with his running mate’s contention that Governor Bullock was wrong to block evictions and foreclosures, a story we broke last week.

From the call:

Megan: My question is do you agree with your running mate, that Bullock’s 11-day order protecting people from eviction is wrong?

Gianforte: I …you know … I haven’t made a comment on that. We’re really here… do you have a question for the doctor or for the SBA today?

Megan: No, that was my question.

Gianforte: Okay, thank you. Well next go to James in Lewistown.

You really must hear the audio to fully appreciate it.


The silence that followed before Gianforte refused to answer perfectly captures why he is not fit to serve in Congress and not fit to be our next Governor.

As a Congressman, Gianforte has refused to listen to the concerns of Montanans, never holding a public town hall where he might take a real question from someone who disagrees with him, preferring to hide in the echo chamber of those who already share his views.

That’s bad enough, but Gianforte’s refusal to answer a question about the Governor’s response to the COVID-19 crisis during a town hall about the response to the COVID-19 crisis betrays breathtaking cowardice and a cynical approach to politics that is almost unimaginable, even from someone who had a meltdown and punched a reporter for asking a question.

Montanans deserve to know where someone who wants to be our governor stands, and hiding behind a call screener isn’t standing at all.

Thanks, Megan, for reminding us just who Greg Gianforte is.

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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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  • You pegged it, Don; Gianforte is a coward. He’s the guy who said appearing in person in front of Montanans would be a “security risk.” I wonder how he’d hold down the office of governor, living with that fear. For our answer, let’s go to Greg … in a dark box.

    • Perhaps, Greg Gianforte should have answered with a couple questions. He could have asked, “What about the rental property owners who have to feed their family?” Or…”What about the rental property owners who have to pay the property tax on the rentals in May, here in Billings?” Or…”How about the rental property owners who risked their life savings to acquire the rentals, in hopes of making a living?” Or…he should have asked, “How will the rental property holders make their loan payments if their renters don’t pay rent?” Do you get the idea????

  • Holy Cow….Don! I’m a brand new fan of the Montana Post-read my first article a few weeks ago.
    Imagine my surprise when I scrolled down and saw my old high school debate heros name as the author!
    Cheers Don and keep up the good work!

  • Or perhaps he wanted to stay on point and not let the crazies take over. Thus, wasting time of his guests and stay on topic that affects our safety and health. If you were ever in a professional and in a leadership position you would understand. I understand your Hillary mantra from 2016 is still resist, hate, and divide, so good luck with that.

    • Tom-

      I am going to pretend that your comment was in good faith, so perhaps you’ll indulge me.

      Did you play the audio? What makes the question one from the “crazies?”

      Shouldn’t the people of Montana know where the person who wants to be our next governor stands on this very important question?

      Why is GG holding these sham townhalls if he won’t answer questions unless they are from people he already agrees with?

      • Where are the Dem townhalls? I heard there is a pandemic out there.

        Crazies: one who asks a question about eviction attempting to invoke divide and hate during a discussion about peoples health and hard working Montanans and the businesses that employ them. Stir the pot elsewhere. No one wants to bite.

        • Jon Tester had a Facebook live townhall where he took live questions this week. Governor Bullock takes questions from the press multiple times a week. Daines and Gianforte are too cowardly to do either.

          And whether the government should block evictions in a health and economic crisis is a very important question. That Gianforte would not answer it shows how heartless or unprepared he is.

          • Perhaps, Greg Gianforte should have answered with a couple questions. He could have asked, “What about the rental property owners who have to feed their family?” Or…”What about the rental property owners who have to pay the property tax on the rentals in May, here in Billings?” Or…”How about the rental property owners who risked their life savings to acquire the rentals, in hopes of making a living?” Or…he should have asked, “How will the rental property holders make their loan payments if their renters don’t pay rent?” Do you get the idea???? I bet there’s a really good chance you don’t.

              • Not in the least, Don. If he would have asked questions like that it would have been with the desire to make you THINK. Where do you think money comes from?? Where do you think possessions, buildings, lands, come from?? THINK.

                • I’m sure it’s gratifying to imagine that you think more than other people, but let’s not distract ourselves here.

                  If Gianforte won’t tell us what he’d do as governor, why would we elect him?

    • @tom – I called Gianforte’s office today. No live staffer on the phones, of course, so I left a voicemail explaining that I have a question regarding his position on a policy of current interest, and requesting a call back.

      Are you a betting man? Would you like to stake a significant amount on whether I’ll EVER get that call back; and if I do, whether I’ll EVER get an answer to that VERY relevant question?

      I’ll even offer odds on the wager.

      • If you are really lucky, and the magnanimous prick’s staff feels up to it, you will receive a canned form letter in two weeks that has no bearing on your problems or any kind of objective reality.

        • Yeah, I’ve already seen about a dozen of those. That’s why I call his office 2-3 times a week. Same with Daines. I’ve asked for help from both of them, since they bill themselves as devout christians, to point out the passage in scripture where the messiah urged his followers to go forth and abuse little children. So much for their “faith.”

          • Hey, kid, first of all, to you that’s Christians with a capital c. And, you can put a capital M on Messiah, too. Just a little respect for the One who founded the world’s largest religion—-2.5 billion???—-and those who profess faith in Him. Just sayin’…

  • I’ve received more phone calls from Gianforte and Daines in the past two weeks than I have the entire time they’ve been in office. A pandemic is a great thing to try and hang your hat on! They must both be nervous.

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