Does anybody remember this guy?
If you don’t, let me refresh your memory a bit.
This is Greg Gianforte, a Trump-loving, Trump-supporting Republican former congressman and now Governor of Montana.
This guy was elected Governor of his state in November of last year, but before we get to that, here was Greg Gianforte attacking a reporter in this youtube video below.
After the WWF-type encounter in which he bodyslammed the Guardian’s Ben Jacobs to the ground and shouted “Get the hell out of here” at him.
Gianfore was charged with misdemeanor assault.
Gianforte was convicted of assault in state court in June 2017 stemming from his election-eve body-slamming attack on The Guardian political reporter Ben Jacobs in May 2017. He was fined and sentenced to community service and anger management therapy.
Despite this violent attack on a member of the Press, a violent attack which would have landed anyone, not a Republican political thug or a cop in prison, this thug was voted into the state’s highest office after receiving a slap on the wrist.
But this was not his first brush with the law; in 2000, Gianforte illegally killed an elk and was issued a $70 ticket by Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.
Again another tap on the wrist; the question is, what other crimes has this moron committed that has been swept under the carpet?
The Republican Party seems to be a haven for criminals of all stripes, from the very top to the dog-catchers. Yet, these frauds are the very first to demonize others for making mistakes…
But that is not all; Greg Gianforte is back in the news, and why not?
Since he sits atop the food chain and there are no real penalties for the crimes he commits, why would he care about following the state’s laws?
According to the Associated Press, Gianforte violated a state hunting requirement last month when he trapped and killed a wolf near Yellowstone National Park without first taking a mandated trapper education course, state officials said Tuesday.
Gianforte, who has a license to hunt wolves, received a written warning for the violation, according to Greg Lemon, a spokesperson for Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. “We’ve treated this as we would anybody” in a similar situation, he said.
“It’s important to us the integrity of our process, no matter who we’re dealing with, is maintained.” Gianforte trapped and shot an adult black wolf on Feb. 15 near Yellowstone National Park, Boise State Public Radio reported Tuesday. Morgan Warthin, a spokesperson for Yellowstone National Park, said the wolf, No. 1155, was born in the park, was estimated to be 6 or 7 years old, and was collared by park biologists in 2018.
Deeper than this, punk’s arrogance runs the familiar thread that characterizes most white men; ‘they own the planet, it is theirs to plunder. What useful purpose is served by killing wolves living in the deep woods? They do not bother anyone.
Why are these enemies of the planet issued licenses to slaughter rare animals that threaten the planet’s delicate balance to satisfy their fragile egos?
Gianforte ran his Gubernatorial campaign arguing, “Trapping is part of our Montana way of life,” Gianforte said at the time, News Talk KGVO reported. “Make no mistake; the effort to stop trapping in Montana is an attack on our heritage.”
Ha, so there is that word, “Heritage,” a word that pops up whenever white men want to lay claim to all they survey and took.
Heritage is the buzzword that comes up when they seek to justify the atrocities they thus far got away with for hundreds of years.
Heritage makes it okay to fly the racist confederate battle flag; it makes it okay for the statues of Confederate traitors who waged war against America to stay in our faces in public spaces.
Heritage makes it a‑okay for the likes of Greg Gianforte to slaughter the planet’s rarest creatures changing the planet for the worse for generations yet unborn.
Those are the benefits of white skin added to money and political power. Welcome to the land of the free, home of the brave.
Oh, for you Black drivers, please, for the love of God, do not make a turn without first indicating from the designated distance away, for that [you] will get murdered by a cop.
Rest in peace, Sandra Bland.
.Mike Beckles is a former Police Detective, businessman, freelance writer, black achiever honoree, and creator of the blog mikebeckles.com.