Eighteen Seconds of Dumbfounding Silence

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?

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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.

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18 Comments on "Eighteen Seconds of Dumbfounding Silence"

  1. Gianforte couldn’t answer because he’s spent the last couple months trying to pull business-oriented Democrats out from under Bullock. His promise to them is that he won’t run on social issues, that he’s a business only candidate. So obviously the best way to beat this is ask him the questions he doesn’t want to answer. Another would be Bullock getting off his ass and recognizing that not all of the party is very happy with him.

    • spoken like a true republican plant…

    • “His promise to them is that he won’t run on social issues, that he’s a business only candidate.”

      Other tea party candidates have said that in the past while they were running. But after they get elected, they focus on social issues.

  2. Bumper Sticker

    JESUS LOVES YOU
    lgbt/cd/xx/xy

  3. “A woman in the crowd rose and asked: What’s your opinion about the Bozeman anti-discrimination ordinance, which would allow people to refuse business to LBGT people?”

    Unless the woman posing the question was misquoted or misspoke, she doesn’t understand the Bozeman NDO does the opposite of what she said it does.

    But it is true Greg and Susan Gianforte were outspoken opponents of the Bozeman NDO. Susan Gianforte publicly stated she would “willingly go to jail if I had to break an ordinance to continue to conform to my faith.”

    Her statement alone should disqualify Greg Gianforte from holding any office in the eyes of any Montana voter who even pretends to give a damn about the rule of law.

    Enough with these sociopathic theofascists pretending their sincerely held religious delusions apply to anyone else, let alone the Constitutionally protected body politic.

    http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/controversy-brewing-over-gianforte-commencement-talks/article_67d942d0-b6ce-11e3-aba1-0019bb2963f4.html

  4. “In case of rapture this car will be unmanned”

  5. NOTHING ! THE BLIND LEADING THE BLIND.

  6. Two comments.
    One, I believe the woman asking the question was a heroic, unflagging and fearless Bozeman organizer, who testified on behalf of the NDO at the City Commission and knows exactly what it says. She clearly has been misquoted.
    Two, the bumper sticker on the lower left is definitely a Daines sticker.

  7. I reread the question attributed to the questioner in the original post and it is correct:
    “What’s your opinion about the Bozeman anti-discrimination ordinance (which would forbid discrimination against LBGT people?)
    It is Pubicus, above, who misquoted her.

    • Mr. Lourie, I copy and pasted the quote as it was originally published. It appears to have been changed since then, and given it now contains a spelling error, perhaps the author will get it right on the third try ;)

      Kudos!

      • Yes, she is a force for justice!
        I read both the original quote, “A woman in the crowd rose and asked: What’s your opinion about the Bozeman anti-discrimination ordinance (which would forbid disceimination (sic) against LBGT people?) and found it to be correct and the version which you quoted which is not. Not sure where yours came from, but I do know from your comments that you are on the right side of this issue- and of history.

  8. Dine out on Dino.

  9. My other car is an Ark.

  10. Honk if you hate______!

  11. I’m pretty sure this was one of Giantfarts bumper stickers…..methinks he doth protest too much.

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