In a recent article, we wrote about ongoing Manosphere harassment of Jews in the small resort village of Whitefish, Montana. Red Pill blogger Andrew Anglin of The Daily Stormer is leading the anti-Semitic charge, and organizing a gang of Skinheads and MRAs to conduct an armed march in Whitefish next January.
Yesterday, leaders of the State of Montana including the governor, attorney-general, both US Senators, and Montana's Congressman issued a joint, bipartisan statement against the planned march. Here is the text of this document, which is remarkable for its decisive and principled language---not heard from American politicians in a long time:
"As we close out this year and look towards the future, we as Montana's elected leaders are focused on the values that reflect our true character. Therefore, we condemn attacks on our religious freedom manifesting in a group of Anti-Semites. We stand firmly together to send a clear message that ignorance, hatred, and threats of violence are unacceptable and have no place in the town of Whitefish, or in any other community in Montana, or across this nation. We say to those who seek to publicize Anti-Semitic views that they shall find no safe haven here. We offer our full support to the Jewish Community, Montana families, businesses, faith organizations, and to law enforcement officers as they ensure the safety of all our communities. We will address these threats directly and forcefully, putting our political differences aside to stand up for what's right. That's the Montana way, and the American way.
"Rest assured that any demonstration or threat of intimidation against Montana's religious liberty will not be tolerated. It takes all Montanans working together to eradicate religious intolerance. We are encouraged that so many Montanans from a variety of religious backgrounds have joined us in condemning this extremist ideology. God bless the great State of Montana and the United States of America."
Anglin's reaction was predictable: like most bullies he played the victim-card when called out; along with considerable chest-thumping proclaiming that he had somehow exposed some Jewish plot to take over Montana. His article today, though, discreetly omits the fact that the letter's author was Congressman Ryan Zinke---who has been nominated by Donald Trump to serve as US Interior Secretary.
This does put Anglin in a rather awkward, considering that he was among the forefront of Manosphere loudmouths trying to steer the Trump Campaign towards the Extreme Right. Zinke is not exactly a RINO politically. He is a native of Whitefish, Montana; a geologist by education and a former US Navy SEAL who was best known during the recent election for attacking Clinton's position on abortion during several pro-Trump speeches. Some anecdotes of Zinke's personal life indicate that this is not the first time he's stood up to punks and thugs of the Anglin sort.
As the document itself; the wording seems to indicate that Montana authorities are planning to deal with any trouble in Whitefish rather severely. Hopefully, the authorities' actions will match their rhetoric for once. The type of negative attention that Anglin is pushing on Whitefish can economically break a community like this; one which is almost wholly dependent on the tourist and hospitality industries. Zinke knows this by experience and thankfully has taken a stand.
Rep. Ryan Zinke; Good Men Doing Good Things