Pickup trucks blared their horns in downtown Bozeman, MT on Monday as they rallied for the former president on his 75th birthday.
Trump lost the county by 7% points in December, but as has been happening across the country, some of the former reality TV show stars fans refuse to accept the fact he decisively lost the 2020 election.
They have been emboldened by Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT), who voted with the insurrectionists to overturn the election results following the January 6th insurrection.
One Trump supporter flew the flag of the racist traitors of the Confederacy.C
Confederate flag in Bozeman, MT.Bob Brigham.
Another participant flew the flag of the Three Percenters militia group:
Three percenters militia group.Bob Brigham
And another flew the flag of the QAnon conspiracy theory:
QAnon cultist in Bozeman, MT.Bob Brigham.
Many pushed the lie that "Trump won" the 2020 election:
Towed vehicle with a false "Trump won" message.Bob Brigham
On Monday, The Daily Beast reported that Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) donated $5,500 to virulently anti-gay and anti-Semitic pastor Steve Anderson — and when caught, claimed the whole thing was an unfortunate mixup.
According to William Bredderman, "Team Gohmert claims it hired a Christian singer named Steve Amerson from Granada HIlls, California, but accidentally reported to the Federal Election Commission that the cash went to the Tempe, Arizona address of the Faithful Word Baptist Church, led by the infamous Pastor Steve Anderson."
Anderson, whose church is part of the New Independent Fundamentalist Baptist movement, is known for several abhorrent views, the report noted.
"Faithful Word Church calls for punishing homosexuality with the death penalty in the doctrinal statement published on its webpage," said the report. "But that demand seems mild compared to the seething rhetoric Anderson has unleashed against the LGBTQ community: in a 2014 video posted to his now-deplatformed YouTube account, he declared "'if you executed the homos, like God recommends, you wouldn't have all this AIDS running around.' In 2016, he applauded the the mass shooting at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, asserting 'there's 50 less pedophiles in this world.'"
But Anderson's views go much further — he is also virulently anti-Semitic and denies the Holocaust happened.
"Anderson ... has demonstrated a particular animosity toward Jewish people, as evidenced in titles of the sermons listed on his IMDB page, which include 'The Jews Are Our Enemies,' 'The Jews Killed Jesus,' 'Unbelieving Jews Are Under God's Wrath,' 'Jews Worship a Female God Named 'Shekinah,'' and 'Jewish Synagogue = Synagogue of Satan,'" said the report. "He has also, as the Anti-Defamation League noted in a 2015 report, propagated false claims that millions of Jews were not gassed and cremated in Nazi concentration camps during World War II." He also published a video calling Dr. Martin Luther King, "Marxist Lucifer King," a "false prophet," a "sexual pervert," and a "Communist tool."
This comes shortly after Gohmert landed in the news for demanding to know if the U.S. Forest Service can change the Earth's orbit to fight climate change.
Boeing blasted for 'stupid and short sighted' funding of Republicans opposed to free and fair elections
Boeing was blasted on Monday for making political contributions who voted to overturn the 2020 presidential election only hours after the January 6th insurrection by supporters of Donald Trump.
"We have been reporting, for months now, on this slow-motion insurrection being carried out by Republicans in Congress and state houses and state parties all across the country, putting the pieces in place to do in the next election what the mob failed to do on January 6th," MSNBC's Chris Hayes said. "But the mob, itself, at least, is facing some consequences -- consequences for their actions."
"By the Justice Department's count, we now have more than 450 people who have been charged with federal crimes in connection with the attack," he noted. "On Friiday for example, a Chicago Police officer was arrested and accused of breaking into Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley's office with a mob while wearing a hoodie with the Chicago Police Department logo on it."
"But the other half the equation, right, that hangs over the country is accountability for the political leaders that incited or abetted it after the fact," he explained. "The slow-motion insurrection being carried out by Republicans in suits and ties, who basically winked and nudged their way before January 6th and attempted to overturn a democratic election afterwards. The majority of the House Republican caucus — the majority — and these eight Republican senators, including the likes of Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley and Rick Scott — who now runs the Republican Senate campaign arm — voted to overturn the election."
Hayes noted Boeing has "restarted its donations to three republicans who did, indeed, vote to overturn the election. That is, they voted to install the loser over the winner. to keep him in place running the country, against the will of the majority of the American people."
The list inclues Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) and Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI).
"We can infer Boeing thinks it's in the interest of the company to support politicians, who, themselves, do not support democratic elections — free and fair elections. That's the message Boeing and others are sending," Hayes explained. "It's a pretty dangerous one, not to mention, I think, pretty stupid and short sighted. It gives aid and comfort to the people who are working, right now, in every state in this union, to plan for the next insurrection."
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