Ryan Zinke was a member of Navy SEAL Team 6, the team responsible for the killing of Osama Bin Laden. Ryan Zinke is angry because he thinks President Obama stole the glory away from SEAL Team 6, he believes America was founded on “Judeo-Christian values,” and enjoys handing out bullets to his supporters. Oh, and he thinks Hillary Clinton is the anti-Christ.
Ryan Zinke is a former state senator from Montana, and now he’s running for Congress. Remember when our political leaders were revered around the world? Thomas Jefferson spoke six languages; Ryan Zinke wants to make English the “official” language of the U.S. Ben Franklin invented bifocals and wrote books; Ryan Zinke started a PAC, Special Operations for America, a website you cannot access unless you give Ryan Zinke your email address and name. In 2012, Special Operations for America had about $60 in its coffers.
The night President Obama announced the death of Bin Laden, he thanked the special forces responsible for the operation. At no point during his speech did the president say “I went over to Pakistan, found Bin Laden, and killed him.” Bin Laden was discovered through joint efforts involving our intelligence community, the president and his administration, and Navy SEAL Team 6. That’s how it works; no one group or person can take the credit. Not even Ryan Zinke. In fact, President Obama praised the SEAL team many times, not just during his initial speech, but in the days following the death of Bin Laden.
According to Zinke, Newt Gingrich is a “senior adviser” to his campaign. I don’t know if that’s true; the only person confirming Newt Gingrich’s involvement is Ryan Zinke. Given that Zinke thinks this is a Christian nation, and Hillary Clinton is the anti-Christ, it might be a good idea to take his comments with a grain (pillar) of salt.
Ryan Zinke posted a response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address on his campaign website. Zinke was peeved at the president’s refusal (?) to personally acknowledge Montana during the speech:
Tonight President Obama delivered a series of policy initiatives that fail to address the importance of job growth and sustaining economic development for Montanans.
The building of the Keystone XL Pipeline represents not only tens of thousands of jobs for Montana, but increased economic development up and down the United States. Though he’s had more than five years to make a decision, he continues to sit on the sidelines while Montanans have increasingly needed these shovel-ready, high paying jobs.
It’s time for President Obama to end our dependence on foreign oil, promote free market growth, and put Montanans back to work.
Ah yes, the Keystone Pipeline. The dirtiest oil on the planet, running through the U.S. to Texas, where it’s put onto ships and exported. How, exactly, would that “end our dependence on foreign oil,” when none of that oil is destined for the United States? Tens of thousands of jobs in Montana? REALLY? According to a study done by Cornell University, the project will create no more than “2,500 to 4,650 temporary direct construction jobs” for two years. And the study cannot substantiate the claim made by TransCanada that the Keystone Pipeline will create 20,000 direct construction and manufacturing jobs here in the U.S. Even if someone could prove Ryan Zinke’s “tens of thousands of jobs for Montana” statement by confirming the claim from TransCanada, that would mean every single one of those 22,500-24,650 jobs would be going to Montanans.
Ryan Zinke absolutely hates our president. He tells his supporters over and over again that President Obama never thanked the SEALs in his initial speech following the killing of Osama Bin Laden, and he really did hand out ammo at the same event where he called Hillary Clinton the anti-Christ.
We look to the members of our military, active or retired, to behave a certain way. There are rules, standards, regulations that they are required to follow. Most of the veterans I know (including my own father) continue to carry the respect and the love for this country with them long after their service is over. This doesn’t mean veterans must agree with everything the government does, or align themselves with a political party. Veterans were part of the Occupy movement, veterans like Tammy Duckworth champion causes that often fly in the face of the status quo. We need people like that – not like Ryan Zinke – in our government, in our lives, and in the public square.
Ryan Zinke shames my friends and my family members who have served. By lying about our president and by calling a former First Lady and former Secretary of State the anti-Christ, he shows his utter disrespect for the office of the President of the United States and for America. It’s one thing when a draft dodger like Ted Nugent says inflammatory things, or lies. It’s quite another when a former member of the SEAL team that killed Bin Laden does it.