A Flathead area legislative candidate has taken to Facebook to express his outrage that the anti-slavery activist and women’s rights heroine Harriet Tubman will be replacing the notorious author of American Indian genocide Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. He also shared his views on a variety of topics. UPDATE: Rose has since deleted the posts from his Facebook page, but you can see screenshots of his posts below.
Here’s self-proclaimed “pro-Western Civilization” candidate Taylor Rose.
In response, a FB friend of Rose writes: “It’d be a lot quieter if they were all hanging from nooses….Just my humble opinion [smiley emoji].” That comment has been up for about three weeks, but here are screenshots in case they are removed.
Rose appears to be cultivating support among that least savory slice of the GOP electorate, those who openly espouse racism. Rose was interviewed by the same right-wing “Red Alert Politics” blogger whose most recent interview features the “Kanye West of Journalism” on “how he feels he makes a difference to young white men who feel excluded from society,” “converting” feminists, and “why he can never adopt a black child.” (Oh yes, he’s a white guy).
Rose’s Facebook page is rife with such examples of his views. Indeed, it is only on Facebook that we learn Rose is a member of a “Monarchist group” which “exists for the purpose of civil discussion between monarchists and those interested in monarchy as the ideal form of human governance.” [screenshot]
“There cannot be a Montana of prosperity and freedom, without a economy centered around manufacturing and natural resource development.”
Rose’s website lists his ties to several prominent Montana Republicans. He reports that he “managed Steve Daines’s campaign in the Northwest” [screenshot], and that he worked for GOP Vice-Chair and American Lands Council CEO Sen. Fielder and the GOP leadership during the 2015 session.
Rose is running against Zac Perry, a popular moderate who recently defeated TEA Party Republican Jerry O’Neil. O’Neil was the guy that brought bills to implement corporal punishment and the gold standard, and demanded that his own legislative salary be paid to him in gold.
is was also a libertarian in the race, but as James Conner pointed out in the comments, that candidate had to drop out for not completing the required documentation. Conner also reports on who has donated to Rose, including Greg Gianforte.
UPDATE #2: Since this post, both Raw Story and Wonkette have reported on Rose. Wonkette has uncovered some new information on Rose’s white nationalist beliefs, so head over there and check it out–for example, the interview he did with the neo-confederate group “League of the South.”