Meanwhile, Donald Trump Jr. Was Reportedly Hunting Prairie Dogs in Montana on Earth Day

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

True to his personal brand—which I can only describe as “vapid, faux-lumberjack death-bringer”—Donald Trump Jr. was reportedly slaughtering prairie dogs in Montana on Earth Day.

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The Associated Press reported on Friday that Young Trump is visiting Montana Friday and Saturday to campaign on behalf of Republican tech entrepreneur Greg Gianforte, who’s making a bid for an open U.S. House seat in the state.

Fox reported via a local paper, The Ravalli Republic, on Wednesday that Gianforte told a crowd of supporters on Monday that he and the president’s son were planning on hunting Saturday morning, specifically.

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There’s been no indication that these plans were cancelled or moved, in fact, Gianforte threw his full support behind the hunt after a backlash arose against it, saying, “As good Montanans, we want to show good hospitality to people. What can be more fun than to sped an afternoon shooting the little rodents?”

To his point about Montanan hospitality, it’s true that prairie dogs are classified as “agricultural pests” and traditionally hunted to prevent damage to crops. However, according to the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the prairie dog population of Montana has also been listed as a species of concern, as their numbers have recently dwindled due to several threats, including disease.

Lindsay Sterling Krank, the director of the Humane Society’s Prairie Dog Coalition told the AP that more than 100 species depend upon the prairie dog for food and shelter (some of them live in the holes the rodents burrow then leave behind, how cute). “I would love to take Donald Trump Jr. out with a spotting scope and shoot the prairie dog with our cameras,” Krank told the AP. “Shooting a prairie dog colony [with a gun] is not a good conservation message.”

Krank added that April is nursing season for prairie dogs, so any pups who lose their mothers to sport will likely die of starvation.

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Gianforte’s response to the Humane Society’s remarks was, “Clearly they’ve never shot a prairie dog. They don’t know how much fun it is.”

The election for the vacated Montana seat takes place May 25—do not let this asshole win, ok?

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Some more info about Greg from Wikipedia -

Abortion

He opposes abortion.

Donald Trump

Gianforte endorsed Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, and continued to express support for him in February 2017.

Health care

Gianforte favors repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Immigration

He has opposed efforts to relocate refugees to Montana.

LGBT rights

Gianforte opposes same-sex marriage.[19] Gianforte supports the right of businesses to refuse service to LGBT people.[25] Gianforte has donated to organizations that advocate for religious freedom laws and oppose LGBT nondiscrimination policies, and has personally lobbied officials to maintain the right of businesses to refuse service to LGBT people.[26] Gianforte has donated to the the Family Research Council, which has advocated for “criminal sanctions” on homosexual behavior; Focus on the Family, which advocates for a constitutional amendment prohibting same-sex marriage; and Montana Family Foundation, which is the “the state’s primary advocate against LGBT policies”.[26]

Social security

Gianforte does not believe that retirement is consistent with biblical teachings, pointing to Noah still working at age 600. He said, “There’s nothing in the Bible that talks about retirement. And yet it’s been an accepted concept in our culture today. Nowhere does it say, ‘Well, he was a good and faithful servant, so he went to the beach... The example I think of is Noah. How old was Noah when he built the ark? 600. He wasn’t like, cashing Social Security checks, he wasn’t hanging out, he was working. So, I think we have an obligation to work. The role we have in work may change over time, but the concept of retirement is not biblical.”

Despite Gianforte’s stated belief, RightNow Technologies offered a retirement plan as part of its employee benefits package, prior to its acquisition by Oracle in 2011. In 2009 Gianforte commented on his company’s hiring efforts: “Benefits include full medical, a retirement plan and one week of paid time off a year to do community service”.

He’s a piece of shit, basically.