The leader of the Billings Montana Shrugged TEA Party and a TEA Party Republican state lawmaker have been caught posting remarks online that imply support for shooting their political opponents.
The incident comes on the heels of another Montana TEA Party scandal. TEA Party leader Tim Ravndal was forced to resign after his comments about lynching gay people Matthew Shepard style were reported on blogs and in the state and national media. The latest exchange, which was captured today via screenshot after it caught the sharp eye of Billings politico Kayla Corcoran, is pasted below. Here’s the screenshot.
Up in thought this AM. I often get up early and read, write and so on. Some of my most productive and peaceful moments are between 4 and 5 am… then the sun rises and I want to attack socialists!!!
Jennifer Olsen Totally agree. I’m the same way.
James Knox Kindred souls! Got ammo?
The TEA Party has a penchant for referring to its political opponents as socialists. As the exchange continues, it becomes apparent that this isn’t rhetorical ammunition she’s talking about. Here’s the Billings “Montana Shrugged” TEA Party leader again:
Jennifer Olsen Actually, I just bought more :) stocking up. For what…..I’m not entirely sure yet.
Jennifer Olsen That along with rice and beans is going in my safe. Haha, can’t barter with gold.
Ms. Corcoran calls them on the rhetoric. One would think that this would be the time someone who wasn’t serious would apologize or attempt to clarify the statements as “jokes.” Instead, Ms. Corcoran is told by Olsen and Knox that she’s the one in need of a reality check.
Kayla Corcoran Mr. Knox, you should be ashamed of yourself. This type of rhetoric is unacceptable, especially from an elected official.
Jennifer Olsen Kaya [sic] – are you serious? ·
James Knox Kayla go to someplace safe…..for your [sic] not in the real world!
After Ravndal was expelled from the Helena TEA Party for his violent bigoted remarks, Olsen spoke up. But instead of condemning the call for violence against gays, Olsen expressed her support for Ravndal, as you can see from the screenshot here. Olsen’s is the final comment in the thread.
Olsen signs the TEA Party blast emails and boasts of leading a group of some 3,000 activists. She was a candidate for vice-chair of the Montana Republican party in 2011 and has filed to run in a contested seat for the Billings City Council. The Montanafesto Blog also reported that Olsen is the administrator of the Ken Miller for Governor Facebook page. James Knox became one of the most radical TEA Party legislators in the state despite the fact that he was elected to represent a moderately democratic district in the Billings Heights in 2010.
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