Controversy in Montana Shows GOP Trying to Use Green Party to Keep Majority in Senate

I’ve made it perfectly clear that I’m not exactly a fan of the Green Party. Not because I disagree with many of their policy stances (I don’t), but because most of the party’s supporters that I’ve dealt with over the years are irrational ideological purists who, much like their right-wing counterparts, often reject facts they don’t want to be real and are prone to falling for, and believing in, ridiculous conspiracies trying to justify their nonsense.

As I like to say, the Green Party’s motto really should be: Helping elect ultra-conservative Republicans by spending most of our time whining about Democrats not being liberal enough.

While “Greenies” will deny it till their last breath, they played a huge role in helping elect both George W. Bush and Donald Trump.

Republicans know this — and apparently, so did the Russians.

Since the Green Party typically spends most of its time attacking Democrats, often siphoning off support from the party’s candidates, which, of course, helps the GOP, it seems Republicans in Montana are trying to use this to their advantage to defeat the very vulnerable Democratic Sen. Jon Tester.

From The Associated Press:

A man who registered as a Green Party candidate for Montana’s U.S. Senate race was on the state Republican Party’s payroll and heads a newly formed anti-tax group, according to a review of election documents.

Timothy Adams filed as a challenger Monday against Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, who faces a tough re-election campaign, in a race where a Green Party candidate could siphon votes from the Democrat.

The Green Party qualified as a political party in Montana on Monday, which was also the state’s deadline for candidates to file for office. Green Party officials blasted an email that morning to solicit candidates who could register by the day’s end.

So, someone who was fairly recently an employee of the state’s Republican Party has registered to run as a member of the Green Party in what seems to be an attempt by Republicans to pull votes away from Tester, giving the GOP a better chance at gaining his seat in the Senate in the fairly red state of Montana.

As The Maddow Blog points out, facts prove that the Green Party helped give Trump wins in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin:

We’re occasionally reminded that while the Republican Party rejects everything the Green Party stands for, the GOP nevertheless sees the Green Party as incredibly useful in moving the country to the right. Indeed, we know just as a matter of arithmetic that if Green Party voters had backed the Democratic ticket in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin in 2016, Donald Trump would not be president today.

While it’s true that Adams will have rivals vying for the party’s nomination in Montana, this still proves that Republicans are well aware of the fact that they can use the Green Party to their advantage by pulling votes away from Democrats, making it easier for conservatives to win elections — especially in hotly contested and close races.

This is essentially what I saw all during the 2016 election. Many Green Party supporters echoing the same attacks, conspiracies, and propaganda against Hillary Clinton that I heard from staunch Trump supporters. Over time, and with a lot of help from Russia playing the left against her after they realized it was an effective strategy to attack her, this wore down her support and helped to hand Trump the White House.

Again, I don’t expect any supporters of the Green Party to ever admit this, but that doesn’t change the facts of what happened or the reality that, at least in Montana, it seems some Republicans are actively trying to use the Green Party to help elect GOP candidates — just like they helped elect Bush in 2000 and Trump in 2016.

Like I said, the party’s motto really should be: Helping elect ultra-conservative Republicans by spending most of our time whining about Democrats not being liberal enough.

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.