Montana’s Democrat governor calls constituents white, racist rednecks

posted at 11:21 am on August 8, 2012 by Rob Bluey

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer wowed the Democratic National Convention four years ago with a talk that Time called a “folksy, tough, funny, home-run of a speech.” It was the kind of performance that generated enough buzz to propel talk of a presidential run in 2016.

Schweitzer’s oratorical gift earned him an invite to Ohio Democratic Party State Convention last month. It was there, during his keynote address, that Schweitzer let the Midwesterners know his true feelings about his constituents back home. Dustin Hurst at Montana Watchdog has the scoop:

Through his 30-minute speech to Ohio Democrats, Schweitzer repeatedly boasted of his gubernatorial achievements, putting special emphasis on the Indian Education for All project. Schweitzer spearheaded the program, which requires Montana school children to learn both American-Indian and U.S. history.

Why did Schweitzer shepherd the innovative and groundbreaking program? Well, because Montanans are a bunch of white, racist rednecks – the governor’s words.

“All over Montana, you can walk into a bar, a café or even a school or a courthouse and just listen for a while as people talk to each other,” Schweitzer explained, shortly after noting 93 percent of his state’s population is classified as Caucasian. “And you will hear somebody, before very long, say something outrageously racist about the people who’ve lived in Montana for 10,000 years.”

The governor delivered the program to sway the minds and hearts of Treasure State youngsters. “So, I decided, I can’t turn the heart of a 45-year-old redneck,” Schweitzer said.

Video of the speech was posted by Lauren Michelle Kinsey on the a liberal Ohio blog called Plunderbund. Kinsey gushed about Schweitzer’s speech. “Listening to his speech brought tears to my eyes,” she wrote. Kinsey then implored her readers to view it: “This video is a half hour long, but it’s worth watching. Much more entertaining and meaningful than a TV show…”

Unfortunately, the video is currently unavailable, marked “private” on YouTube. That probably has something to do with Montana Watchdog’s scoop.

Schweitzer, who took office in 2005 and was reelected in a landslide, has a positive approval rating in his state. He’s known for clashing with the Republican-controlled legislature, often using his veto pen. He was among the top-rated governors by the Cato Institute in its 2010 report card on state chief executives. Schweitzer earned a “B,” which landed him in tie for eighth on the list. (Interestingly, that’s the same spot Cato ranked Texas Gov. Rick Perry.)

So was Schweitzer pandering to the crowd or was he sincere in his remarks?

It certainly isn’t the first time he put his foot in his mouth. Schweitzer told the Daily Beast in April that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has roots in “a polygamy commune in Mexico.” When pressed on the issue by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Schweitzer refused to apologize.

There’s no word yet from Montana how the governor will respond to the latest controversy.


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So he won a landslide re-election in a land of redneck racists?
So either he’s full of it or he’s the preferred choice of redneck racists.

gwelf on August 8, 2012 at 11:25 AM

MT GOP has to jump on this, and ask Jon Tester if he repudiates the remarks.

Wethal on August 8, 2012 at 11:25 AM

If the people of Montana are anything like the people of Wyoming, and I think they are, then this shouldn’t fly.

Jackalope on August 8, 2012 at 11:26 AM

I wonder how native and resident Montanan’s feel about what their GOVERNOR said and how he feels about them — his constituents.

I haven’t seen any reaction at all so far.

FlatFoot on August 8, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Looks like the gov wants to re-educate people.

Dongemaharu on August 8, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Why is it the government’s job to “turn [my or mr children's] heart?”

29Victor on August 8, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Alan Grayson called and wants to get ahold of that speach too.

jake49 on August 8, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Montana’s Democrat governor

That’s just weird to look at.

Anyway this reeks of BS – everyone knows all the white devil raaaaacists are in the South.

CorporatePiggy on August 8, 2012 at 11:29 AM

speech

jake49 on August 8, 2012 at 11:30 AM

People like this governor and the White House marxist re-affirm one of two things or both:

1. Public opinion polls are rigged as are the voting machines and have been for several years. What better way to control elections, the agenda, and the public, than to continually promote the idea that public opinion and voting are split down the middle.

2. The American people are just plain stupid and becoming more so every year.

bgibbs1000 on August 8, 2012 at 11:30 AM

If the people of Montana are anything like the people of Wyoming, and I think they are, then this shouldn’t fly.

Jackalope on August 8, 2012 at 11:26 AM

If the people of Montana were like the people of Wyoming, Max Baucus and Jon Tester would not have jobs.

Kelligan on August 8, 2012 at 11:30 AM

This is a weak article with a misleading title. He didn’t refer to his constituents in general as racist rednecks, or at least not from the quote provided. HotAir has a proud history of fair, thorough, and insightful commentary, so it’s a shame to see something this sensationalistic. it’s not like there’s a shortage of material from Obama, Reid, Peolosi & Co. to criticize.

Sowell Disciple on August 8, 2012 at 11:31 AM

This idiot came off as some good ole boy and managed to sucker the state of Montana into electing him. In reality he is nothing more than an elitist Liberal with a slight Western drawl.

Deanna on August 8, 2012 at 11:32 AM

He’s been snorting bath salts with Harry Reid.

forest on August 8, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Imagine the mayor of DC calling his constituents black, racist ghetto-trash. Think the media would be having a field-day with that one?

Racism against and hatred of whites is perfectly acceptable to the liberal establishment. The sooner whites figure this out, the better.

ex_machina on August 8, 2012 at 11:32 AM

I love Montana, so beautiful. How can people from that gorgeous place vote for someone
like him?

texanpride on August 8, 2012 at 11:33 AM

This is a weak article with a misleading title. He didn’t refer to his constituents in general as racist rednecks, or at least not from the quote provided. HotAir has a proud history of fair, thorough, and insightful commentary, so it’s a shame to see something this sensationalistic. it’s not like there’s a shortage of material from Obama, Reid, Peolosi & Co. to criticize.

Sowell Disciple on August 8, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Huh?

All over Montana, you can walk into a bar, a café or even a school or a courthouse and just listen for a while as people talk to each other,” Schweitzer explained, shortly after noting 93 percent of his state’s population is classified as Caucasian. “And you will hear somebody, before very long, say something outrageously racist about the people who’ve lived in Montana for 10,000 years.”

gwelf on August 8, 2012 at 11:33 AM

I love Montana, so beautiful. How can people from that gorgeous place vote for someone
like him?

texanpride on August 8, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Because Montana is chock full of racist rednecks so they voted Democrat.

gwelf on August 8, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Montana Governor says you’ll hear racist language about Indians in a bar in his state. Newsflash?

YYZ on August 8, 2012 at 11:35 AM

We could use a little help with THIS.
If we could get this fleshed out it could possible help take down this puny as*hat and the rest of the corrupt dems in the state.
We’ve been infected with the California blight.

MontanaMmmm on August 8, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Imagine the mayor of DC calling his constituents black, racist ghetto-trash. Think the media would be having a field-day with that one?

The media wouldn’t report that – and they won’t report the governor’s comments, either.

Bouncing Beatnik on August 8, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Hey, watch out for those 93% of racist rednecks at the voting booth!

Meanwhile, Schweitzer got a new student of American Indian history: Elizabeth Warren.

Steve Z on August 8, 2012 at 11:35 AM

So this Governor is saying:

I walk into any bar and I hear someone say something totally
racist. Yeah, the bartender wanted to see some I.D from the
youthful looking Hispanic…

ToddPA on August 8, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Anyway this reeks of BS – everyone knows all the white devil raaaaacists are in the South.

CorporatePiggy on August 8, 2012 at 11:29 AM

That is true.

yubley on August 8, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Will the people of Montana collectively say, “Please, sir, may I have some more?”

Marcola on August 8, 2012 at 11:36 AM

If the people of Montana were like the people of Wyoming, Max Baucus and Jon Tester would not have jobs.

Kelligan on August 8, 2012 at 11:30 AM

The farmers and ranchers love them some subsidy Money.

MontanaMmmm on August 8, 2012 at 11:38 AM

He didn’t refer to his constituents in general as racist rednecks, or at least not from the quote provided.

Sowell Disciple on August 8, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Maybe not all of his constituents in general, but 93% of them. Does it need to be 100% before Hot Air’s reputation is clean again?

Esthier on August 8, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Maybe a little O/T, but is the urban cowboy in that photo wearing anything below his hat?

Steve Z on August 8, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Unfortunately, the video is currently unavailable, marked “private” on YouTube. That probably has something to do with Montana Watchdog’s scoop.

I have no problem viewing it. Are you sure you have the correct URL?

Abby Adams on August 8, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Montana Governor says you’ll hear racist language about Indians in a bar in his state. Newsflash?

YYZ on August 8, 2012 at 11:35 AM

From 93% of the people? Yeah, that’s news to me.

Esthier on August 8, 2012 at 11:42 AM

There’s no word yet from Montana how the governor will respond to the latest controversy.

“As long as he gives me free stuff – I don’t care what he says about me.”
-Typical Democrat Voter

CycloneCDB on August 8, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Democrats are all elitist jerks*.

*edited

mankai on August 8, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Disappointing. I liked Schweitzer.

MadisonConservative on August 8, 2012 at 11:45 AM

There is no racism like Demtard racism….

mouell on August 8, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Montana Governor says you’ll hear racist language about Indians in a bar in his state. Newsflash?

YYZ on August 8, 2012 at 11:35 AM

And they overwhelmingly voted in a Democrat.

gwelf on August 8, 2012 at 11:46 AM

So, “white, racist rednecks – the governor’s words” vote for Democrats. Haven’t we realized that Democrats project their hatred and bigotry onto others? Doesn’t this kinda prove that point?

Fallon on August 8, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Disappointing. I liked Schweitzer.

MadisonConservative on August 8, 2012 at 11:45 AM

I’ll be back later, but man were you fooled… along with most of Montana, the guy’s a complete (I can’t say the words) I could go on and on.
Read the link I posted earlier.

MontanaMmmm on August 8, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Lots of leftys in Montana. I always considered the state leftist.

Blake on August 8, 2012 at 11:50 AM

What controversy, like my son says, if there aren’t pictures, audio or video, it didn’t happen.

Cindy Munford on August 8, 2012 at 11:52 AM

So was Schweitzer pandering to the crowd or was he sincere in his remarks?

Does it matter? Either way, he’s a putz.

iurockhead on August 8, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Cover photo: The Naked Cowboy with the Gutless Wonder.

UltimateBob on August 8, 2012 at 11:54 AM

So he won a landslide re-election in a land of redneck racists?

gwelf on August 8, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Even redneck racists not likely to make that mistake again.

petefrt on August 8, 2012 at 11:55 AM

if barack had a son he’d look like brian

t8stlikchkn on August 8, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Looks to me like he was saying that in a population that’s 93% Caucasian, they are bound to have racists. This is true of a percentage of any part of a population. I certainly didn’t take it to mean that he thought 93% of the population was racist. It was still a very stupid thing to say and leaves me wondering just how much of that 93% of MT’s population he thinks is racist.

swinia sutki on August 8, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Liberals are far more racist towards Native Americans than conservatives.

And let’s NOT forget the Washington Redskins of the NFL, no one seems to complain about the racist connotations of that name.

Either way wtf is wrong with Montana voters voting for this clown Shitzer?

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 8, 2012 at 11:58 AM

I seem to recall another young politician who wowed the Democratic convention audience with an ebullient and inspiring speech. He turned out to be a real turd in the punchbowl too.

RobertE on August 8, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Governor Schweitzer has singlehandedly and highhandedly foisted his version of “Indian History” on the children of Montana because he heard what he deemed a racist joke in a bar? And he is proud of his Soviet-style mandated brainwashing program? And Cato (supposedly a libertarian-oriented outfit) declares him to be the eighth-best governor in the U.S.? Or was Cato handing out George Orwell awards?

Scriptor on August 8, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Nothing says “I Love You” than being called a redneck racist. People of Montana should be grateful that they have such a loving governor who is more than willing to brainwash re-educate their kids. /snark

BigGator5 on August 8, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Is that a picture of the Broke Back mountain couple?

johnny reb on August 8, 2012 at 12:02 PM

…another reason my kids are homeschooled.

No business of the government to “turn the hearts” of my kids. I’m happy with my kids’ home education. It’s that of my neighbors’ kids that concerns me. Those kids’ hearts are being turned.

freedomfirst on August 8, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Schweitzer spearheaded the program, which requires Montana school children to learn both American-Indian and U.S. history.

Whose version of U.S. history? The liberal’s version – or the truth?

Flora Duh on August 8, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Montana’s Governor is just another liberal employing white guilt to get himself and Obama elected. At the same time, he says one thing to his constituents and then another when in front of a ‘safe’ audience. Thank God for YouTube and the internet.

HoosierStateofMind on August 8, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Lots of leftys in Montana. I always considered the state leftist.

Blake on August 8, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Most of them are immigrants from the Great Metropolitan Lefty Axis, like Ted Turner, James Lee Burke, numerous West Coast Movie Types and bi-coastal author types, with a big underlayment of old-fashioned New Deal Democrat regular folks, who never cottoned on to the fact that the New Deal was killed off in 1968-1972, and replaced by the Bad Deal.

Scriptor on August 8, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Unfortunately, the video is currently unavailable, marked “private” on YouTube. That probably has something to do with Montana Watchdog’s scoop.

The video works at the Plunderbund link. Oh and you can always enjoy Elizabeth Strickland singing and playing guiter there too. Barf.
Does anyone else notice that Schweitzer looks like Ed Schultz? Separated at birth maybe?

Deanna on August 8, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Never seen a more succinct pointed political suicide note.

ElectricPhase on August 8, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Liberals are far more racist towards Native Americans than conservatives.

And let’s NOT forget the Washington Redskins of the NFL, no one seems to complain about the racist connotations of that name.

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 8, 2012 at 11:58 AM

And, the Cleveland Indians’ logo (Chief Wahoo)… It’s horrible.

Fallon on August 8, 2012 at 12:14 PM

The state that gives us MOOSE DROOL from Big Sky brewery also gives us this leftard? Something does not compute here.

JimboHoffa on August 8, 2012 at 12:16 PM

If the people of Montana were like the people of Wyoming, Max Baucus and Jon Tester would not have jobs.
Kelligan on August 8, 2012 at 11:30 AM

The farmers and ranchers love them some subsidy Money.

MontanaMmmm on August 8, 2012 at 11:38 AM

I doubt he won due to the farmers and ranchers. It was more likely the contingent of über progressive 30-something yuppies from Bozeman (where I live) and the laid back hippies from Missoula. Schweitzer’s a nitwit.

jix on August 8, 2012 at 12:18 PM

As a resident of Montana I have to sadly conclude that the governor is right.

rushlimbang on August 8, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Remember John Murtha? He used the same words to describe the people who voted for him in PA, over and over and over again.

Alabama Infidel on August 8, 2012 at 12:26 PM

This is a weak article with a misleading title. He didn’t refer to his constituents in general as racist rednecks, or at least not from the quote provided. HotAir has a proud history of fair, thorough, and insightful commentary, so it’s a shame to see something this sensationalistic. it’s not like there’s a shortage of material from Obama, Reid, Peolosi & Co. to criticize.

[Sowell Disciple on August 8, 2012 at 11:31 AM]

Oh, please, use some critical thinking. He’s stereotyped Montanans by asserting it happens everywhere — walk into a bar, a café or even a school or a courthouse and just listen for a while — and it’s guaranteed there will be a racist comment. And his conclusion from his observations is that it is not only across the broad cross-section of Montanans, but also widespread across the population of Montanans, rather than a small reprobate section that one will always have in a large group. And he thinks the racism can be eradicated by instituting a state wide education campaign starting with the children, which he touts as the solution.

Dusty on August 8, 2012 at 12:27 PM

I’m shocked to discover that the Democrats hate white people. Shocked!

Punchenko on August 8, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Time to get rid of the idiot, good, free people of Montana!

How does a D become governor of Montana?

Schadenfreude on August 8, 2012 at 12:37 PM

WTF? why is Montana electing liberals?

hmmm, I think I’ll vote for someone that hates me

burserker on August 8, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Montana has been filling up with disaffected Californians for years now. Bringing all that ruined California with them. Missoula county nearly singlehandedly put Testor in the lead for US Senate last time.

MTinMN on August 8, 2012 at 12:51 PM

I doubt he won due to the farmers and ranchers. It was more likely the contingent of über progressive 30-something yuppies from Bozeman (where I live) and the laid back hippies from Missoula. Schweitzer’s a nitwit.

jix on August 8, 2012 at 12:18 PM

That too, along with Missoula Whitefish, Butte and Anaconda (unions)
Did you see the Taylor Brown(R) article praising Baucus on wheat subsidies?

MontanaMmmm on August 8, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Are there a lot of 10,000 year old people living in Montana? I wan’t aware that people could live that long – must be that clean Montana air or something.

Pork-Chop on August 8, 2012 at 1:05 PM

… (WASN’T) …

Pork-Chop on August 8, 2012 at 1:08 PM

BS is termed out, but we think he’s eyeing Max’s seat when his term is up. Zootown and Bozeman are full of libs from somewhere else. Our property taxes have gone up as the value of our houses has gone down. BS has to fund all his lib programs.

Kissmygrits on August 8, 2012 at 1:11 PM

“All over Montana, you can walk into a bar, a café or even a school or a courthouse and just listen for a while as people talk to each other,” Schweitzer explained, shortly after noting 93 percent of his state’s population is classified as Caucasian. “And you will hear somebody, before very long, say something outrageously racist about the people who’ve lived in Montana for 10,000 years.”

I have not watched the video, but just from this quote, it doesn’t sound to me like he’s saying the whole state is full of racist rednecks. He’s saying there are some out there, and, sadly, he’s not wrong about that.

And he didn’t just come up with the American Indian eductation idea on his own — it’s in the state constitution.

Schweitzer is prone to showmanship and can rub some people the wrong way, but he is a very skilled politician.

acasilaco on August 8, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Montana has been filling up with disaffected Californians for years now. Bringing all that ruined California with them. Missoula county nearly singlehandedly put Testor in the lead for US Senate last time.

MTinMN on August 8, 2012 at 12:51 PM

After libs suceed in destroying their state via the liberal policies they voted for, they decide they don’t like what they have created. Solution: Move to a conservative state where things are much better. Only problem, they immediately start trying to turn their new state into the same socialist cesspool they left.
When democrats move from a blue state to a red state, they should only have voting rights in the state they left.

Alabama Infidel on August 8, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Elizabeth Warren: “Chief White Donkey good to my people. Heap big thanks!”

Dexter_Alarius on August 8, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Just as I said in another thread; liberals are racists. This guy is simply projecting on top of using the last card in obamacommies deck; the race card.

Liberal progressive socialists are a waste of everything they consist of, and are an additional waste in that they suck up more natural resources than the conservatives they blame for doing exactly that. Projection at it’s finest, it should be made a crime with a life imprisonment as a punishment.

Wolfmoon on August 8, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Ya gotta wonder how a degenerate hate-monger like Schweitzer got elected. No doubt there was a large dose of chicago-style fraud in his election. It seems that one of the few groups he hasn’t insulted are dead people, who ALWAYS seem to fully support d-cRAT socialist candidates, so I’m guessing that that is the group that put him over the top to win.

TeaPartyNation on August 8, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Together We Thrive™

tom daschle concerned on August 8, 2012 at 2:26 PM

A cursory look at the curriculum used in Montana for this education shows that at least 50% of the current Reservation resident’s ancestors came from places other than Montana beginning in the 1640s and continuing to the 1880s. They haven’t all been there for 10,000 years. Maybe Schweitzer needs the education he championed.

InTheBellyoftheBeast on August 8, 2012 at 3:16 PM

The sad truth is that this Indian Education initiative is probably nothing of the sort. Rather than teach kids about Indians, it almost certainly indoctrinates them in Gramscian Marxism. Just another excuse to teach kids that their own culture and nation are “bad.”

leereyno on August 8, 2012 at 3:29 PM

“Is you is, or is you ain’t, my constituency!”

fossten on August 8, 2012 at 4:14 PM

If this isn’t in a commercial from now till reelection day for this punk, then Montana deserves what it gets. People electing this “thug” remind me of my cousin who lives in W Va. and keeps voting for democrats. Some fools just never learn.

njrob on August 8, 2012 at 5:22 PM

If the people of Montana are anything like the people of Wyoming, and I think they are, then this shouldn’t fly.

Jackalope on August 8, 2012 at 11:26 AM

It flies so far. Day, after day, after day, after day…..

Electing Democrats to office is a sign of mental illness.

98ZJUSMC on August 8, 2012 at 6:33 PM

The governor delivered the program to sway the minds and hearts of Treasure State youngsters. “So, I decided, I can’t turn the heart of a 45-year-old redneck,” Schweitzer said.

Folks, THIS is the real money quote. This is what Democrats have been doing for years through the ‘education’ system, but they don’t admit it.

blindside on August 9, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Might he not be concerned that someone might remember his remarks when he is trying to find his car?

I know the region, and I think the great and good governor should be a little concerned.

Denver Bob on August 9, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Just FYI, the pic is from Times Square….I have a pic of the same dude in the same outfit (yes, he is wearing more than a hat) from about a year ago with a young lady who was showing me around the place.

runawayyyy on August 9, 2012 at 12:20 PM