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I’m a proud lifelong Montana Democrat.

What would @SteveDaines call himself? A Republican?

Words matter a great deal, and the word Republican carries weight and gravitas in our nation and around the world. It represents, in large part, the public lands contributions of Theodore
@SteveDaines Roosevelt, the bravery - as a WWII general and supporter of tax fairness - of Dwight D. Eisenhower, and the lack of acquiescence towards foreign tyranny - specifically, the USSR - of Ronald Reagan.

None of these prominent Republicans in American history, I’m convinced, would
@SteveDaines see Senator Daines as a Republican, as they defined the term. One who endorses a sworn enemy of public lands, William Pendley, to lead the BLM. One who acts more as a lobbyist for Saudi Arabia’s Mohammad Bin Salman and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, among other dictators, than a
@SteveDaines US Senator fighting for Montanans and our nation. One who stays silent - either out of cowardice or ideological alignment - as our president mocks the disabled and lays siege to the free press, Gold Star families (who have lost a son or daughter in battle), Prisoners of War,
@SteveDaines our NATO allies, our Kurdish allies, and even a sixteen year old climate activist with Aspergers (her “superpower”). Such a person is not a Republican, as historically described, but one who has co-opted that name and brand to further an agenda that,
@SteveDaines under any less a banner, would draw immediate revulsion and rejection.

In many ways, the historical Republican Party - yes, because of its failed domestic policies that have resulted in a middle class-less society of have’s and have not’s and the diminishment of
@SteveDaines the American Dream and socioeconomic mobility in the U.S., but also because it (incorrectly) assessed the bigotry, racism, and xenophobia in its ranks - manifested in White Nationalism, Anti-government Militias, Christian Fundamentalism, and Neo-Nazism - as more useful than not,
@SteveDaines and containable - has metamorphosed into what it once willingly hosted.

Flipping the US Senate and White House to Blue in 2020 is not merely important. It is our duty as Americans, independent of political affiliation. #mtpol
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