Drama at U.S. Capitol Has Republicans Blaming Republicans
Matthew Monforton, a former legislator (R-HD67) from Bozeman, is a conservative by most standards (his Legistats score was an A in 2015). Aside from being known for often taunting his political or ideological opponents and being a fierce attorney, the ex-politico has also been a Never Trumper since the 2016 presidential primary and has remained steadily opposed to President Donald J. Trump. In addition, Monforton has repeatedly castigated Republicans in Montana for opposing forced masking, for calling COVID-19 a conspiracy, and most recently, for claiming the 2020 presidential elections were stolen.
Meanwhile, conservative leaders in the Republican Party like Theresa Manzella (R-Kalispell) have publicly noted what so many others have observed since November 3; there is indeed widespread voter fraud in a number of the key states that handed Biden his campaign victory. Arguing against the existence of voter fraud in states like Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania is a hard row to hoe, indeed.
Evidence has been carefully chronicled around the country, from live streams filmed via smartphone on election night to testimonies that compiled from across the nation to virtually impossible statistical anomalies that are scream fraud at top volume, the case has been made everywhere but the court system, which has largely refused to listen to the evidence while social media and Big Tech censors eliminate any reference to it.
Manzella, like the majority of Montanans, thinks something is awry. And so does Montana’s U.S. Congressman, Matt Rosendale, who joined other Republican colleagues to contest the results of the electoral college.
The fact that Manzella is in good company regarding her skepticism (77% of Republicans believe there was widespread voter fraud) didn’t save her a tongue-lashing from the free-spirited Monforton who dropped at least one F-bomb in vitriol-saturated posts on social media.
Although Manzella holds a certain fondness for the American Revolution of 1776 and will sometimes speak favorably of our nation’s tyranny-fighting heritage, Montana Daily Gazette cannot find her on record advocating for insurrection, sedition, or commandeering the U.S. capitol. A survey of her social media usage and recorded public comments did not uncover any incitement of violence, real or implied.
In a follow-up post, significantly longer than the first, Monforton claimed Republicans were responsible for the peaceful assembly at the U.S. capitol that was interrupted by violence after Antifa members infiltrated the group to cause chaos.
The Montana Daily Gazette contacted Manzella to ask if she knew of anyone who encouraged Antifa to invade the U.S. capitol, but she was unaware of anyone who had done so. Likewise, we called other legislators to ask if they had heard or seen any Republicans endorse the invasion of our public property in D.C. No one seemed to know what Monforton was speaking about.
However, Monforton did provide one piece of “evidence” against Manzella, after demanding via social media that Senate leadership strip her of her committee assignments for believing voter fraud exists (see below).
Manzella said, “There won’t be a ‘next time.’ Election integrity is a joke. Our country and our Constitution has become a bad joke. we’ll be in war on our own soil, or we’ll passively accept the [New World Order] and fall in line.”
Monforton used his words to suggest that accusations of voter fraud are illegitimate because he claims that the Trump Administration has brought 57 lawsuits and “lost every one of them.” Of course, this does not imply there were 57 independent trials over the evidence, but more-so reflects the courts being unwilling to hear the evidence. But if the government itself could adequately speak to the veracity of petitions against the government, it should be noted that 19 attorneys general – including former Montana Attorney General Tim Fox – agreed that accusations of voter fraud were systemic enough to warrant legal intervention.
Perhaps, if Montforton’s advice was followed to its utmost conclusion, 17 states should be censuring their attorneys general for alleging fraud (including Montana). In addition, 147 Republicans in the U.S. Congress should be censured (including Matt Rosendale) for voting against certifying the election results. And, somewhere, 77% of Republicans – many of whom serve the Republican Party in elected precinct positions – should be censured for having an opinion about our election integrity that Big Tech, the Deep State, and Matthew Monforton don’t want them to have.
Monforton’s words sounded eerily similar to Joe Biden’s, who warned that those supporting Trump are “domestic terrorists” who need to be hunted down and destroyed.
Biden also claimed that the “domestic terrorists” would have been treated differently had they been with Black Lives Matter, which is of course true. Had they been Black Lives Matter, no one would have fired upon them, killing innocent people like a 14-year military veteran, Ashli Babbitt, who was unarmed and shot after capitol officials ushered the Antifa-led group into the building. Biden and other Democrats across the nation stood by idly in moral support while entire communities were invaded and taken over by Black Lives Matter and Antifa protestors this summer.
Chris Cuomo famously said in regard to the summer riots on MSNBC, “Show me where it says protests are supposed to be polite and peaceful.” But yesterday, Cuomo – like Monforton – characterized the people meeting at the capitol for the redress of grievances as guilty of “rebellion and sedition,” despite the fact that the protests were mostly peaceful.
Meanwhile, remember that inciting violence actually has a legal description that explicitly and intentionally persuades others to engage in lawless criminal behavior. In fact, it’s criminal in Montana (see below or click here).
Montana law says someone is guilty of this “if the person purposely and knowingly commits an act or engages in conduct that urges other persons to riot.” Clearly, neither Manzella nor any other Republican official is guilty of this crime.
Unfortunately, this means that Monforton is not wanting the GOP to censure Manzella for having committed a crime, but for holding an opinion he doesn’t like. Welcome to our dystopian present.