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Siege Response

Current and former top Montana elected officials reacted sharply last week to the mob violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 that temporarily disrupted Congress' count of the Electoral College vote certifying Joseph Biden's election as president.  

Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, former Republican Gov. Marc Racicot, former Democratic U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, former Democratic U.S. Rep. Pat Williams, and former Republican U.S. Rep. Rick Hill were unanimous and vehement in their condemnation of Wednesday's assault on the Capitol by pro-Trump insurrectionists who clashed with Capitol Police, smashed windows and doors, vandalized Capitol property and monuments, invaded Senate chambers and looted congressional offices. Members of the House and Senate, along with Vice President Mike Pence, were forced to flee the Senate chamber and wait out the chaos in a secure location.

In a Thursday press conference, Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte, who until recently represented Montana in the House, "categorically condemned" what he referred to as a "siege" of the nation's Capitol and said it was a "sad and tragic day for America."

"Our U.S. Capitol was under siege. Our very democracy was under siege. Law enforcement officers and the brave men and women of the Capitol Police were under siege. Lawmakers, staff and members of the press were under siege," Gianforte said in prepared remarks. "Until recently, I served the people of Montana there and spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives that that violent mob sought to seize. It was jarring to see."

Indeed in politics, Quid pro-Quo trumps all.

Greg Gianforte Donated to Militia-Backing Conspiracy Theorists, Even in Contested Republican Primaries

To support Fielder, Gianforte had to slight the former Republican Party Chairman Wil Deschamps and former legislator Champ Edmunds. Neither could be called a progressive, but neither has publicly cheered on armed insurrection against the federal government.

by Oui on Mon Jan 11th, 2021 at 08:10:14 PM EST

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