It’s been a little rocky lately for the floundering TEA Party gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte in Montana.
Yesterday we received this hilarious photo of Gianforte’s truck, parked at a Chamber of Commerce event, the bumper stickers entirely blacked out with black tape. It would seem that a billionaire would have at his disposal the ability to get these bumper stickers removed. And so clearly a hasty decision was made to deface them,which out begs the question: what awful thing was on these bumper stickers?
I’ll leave it to readers to chime in, as many have done on Twitter, with guesses as to what troublesome message might be hidden beneath the tape. Perhaps some kind of anti-gay or anti-Obama slur, perhaps with racial undertones, the kind that a normal American would describe as hateful but is de rigueur among Tea Partiers.
I can’t wait to hear what Gianforte claims to have been the content on the stickers. Better yet, perhaps someone got a glimpse or maybe a photo of them before they were blacked out, and will come forward.
Bumpergate is fun, but not as serious what took place yesterday at a forum in which Gianforte surprised us when he was totally unprepared to answer a question that has been asked publicly about him for a year. A woman in the crowd rose and asked: What’s your opinion about the Bozeman anti-discrimination ordinance (which would forbid disceimination against LBGT people?
There was 18 seconds of dumfounding silence, the crowd becoming uncomfortable, staring at Gianforte, the candidate clearly trying to thinking a response and making it apparent he had never bothered to even consider the question. That’s awfully strange given that he led the battle against the ordinance, and bankrolled the groups behind the effort to keep discrimination legal.
Finally, his response: “That’s off topic.”
The questioner persisted. Finally Gianforte said “I don’t support discrimination” and left it at that.