Since the mob known as “tea baggers” arrived on the political scene in Montana and across the nation a year ago, racism and hate speech have been at the center of their agenda. This was clearly on display in Montana recently when the bigotry, hatred, and intellectual and moral shortcomings of Republicans/Tea Partiers like GOP candidate Jason Priest, Tea Party leader Tim Ravndal, and GOP candidate Kristi-Allen Gailushus were exposed.
While the Tea Party merger with the Montana GOP has made it easier for this kind of scum to air its views in public, (thanks Denny Rehberg) it is certainly something we’ve seen from local Republicans for years. We’ve watched as Republican state Senator and gubernatorial candidate Corey Stapleton made racist jokes in the Montana Senate. We’ve seen our former U.S. Senator (and current beloved GOP figure) Conrad Burns refer to human beings as ‘n*ggers’ and ‘ragheads,’ and we’ve seen the Montana GOP reinforce their platform that it should be illegal to be gay. We see them carry racist signs, and make homophobic statements and whenever it happens, the membership tries to shirk responsibility and launches an attack on anyone who disagrees or exposes their lunacy.
From the Great Falls Tribune:
Ravndal apologized for the post, saying he “never made the connection” to Shepard’s murder until after national bloggers picked up on it and his phone started ringing earlier this week. “I wasn’t even thinking about the tragedy that happened in Wyoming,” Ravndal said. “I made a mistake and I apologize to anyone I offended. I do not condone violence to any human being.” Ravndal also said his Facebook page is personal, and has nothing to do with the Big Sky Tea Party Association. He added he has since “disassociated” from Scranton. When reached by telephone at his Miles City home, Scranton vehemently declined to comment, swearing at the reporter.
Attention tea party morons: What you say on the internet can and will be seen by anybody. You can’t claim “oh I only make racist remarks in private so I’m not a racist.” You can’t say “oh I wasn’t wearing my candidate button” when I launched my crazy lawsuit against health so that had nothing to do with my candidacy for office.
But what is truly disgusting is the endless airtime, prime print real estate, and platform that this scum is given to spread their stupidity, hatred and lies–though when they do something such as call for the murder and torture of fellow Montanans, it doesn’t even make the news in Montana’s capitol city. (Thanks GF Tribune for picking up the IR’s slack.)
UPDATE: You can now read what one poster of bigotry said to a Great Falls Tribune reporter when called about his behavior.