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Trump’s New Montana Senate Pick Tim Sheehy Has Many Red Flags, Forcing the MAGA World to Side with His Opponent

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Trump’s New Montana Senate Pick Tim Sheehy Has Many Red Flags, Forcing the MAGA World to Side with His Opponent

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 By Warner Todd Huston  February 11, 2024 at 12:09pm

In his ongoing campaign to hand pick candidates and endorse them for office in the hope of creating a field of officials who will back his hoped-for presidency, Donald Trump has picked Tim Sheehy for the U.S. Senate from Montana. But the pick is troubling many of Trump’s own MAGA supporters, and may cause dissension in the Big Sky State.

Trump announced his endorsement of Sheehy for Montana on Feb. 9 in a post to his Truth Social account.

“I LOVE MONTANA!” Trump wrote to kick off his endorsement. “Tim Sheehy is an American Hero and highly successful Businessman from the Great State of Montana. He is strongly supported by our incredible Chairman of the NRSC, Steve Daines, and many other patriotic Senators and Republicans who have endorsed our Campaign to, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

“I also respect Matt Rosendale, and was very happy to Endorse him in the past — and will Endorse him again in the future should he decide to change course and run for his Congressional Seat,” Trump added.

“But in this instance, Tim is the candidate who is currently best-positioned to DEFEAT Lazy Jon Tester, and Regain the Republican Majority in the United States Senate. Tim is a Political Outsider, Strong on the Border, the Military/Vets, and our constantly under siege Second Amendment. He will stand tall in the fight against the Radical Left Democrats, who are Destroying our Country. Also, he is far more likely to Defeat Lazy Jon,” Trump wrote.

“America First Patriot Tim Sheehy has my Complete and Total Endorsement!”

However, immediately after making the endorsement, many of Trump’s biggest supporters and many in Montana noted how disappointed they were with the pick. Republicans Congressman Matt Gaetz and Sen. Mike Lee were both discouraged by the endorsement.

I’m 100% sure Mitch McConnell has a candidate in the Montana GOP Primary.

And 1000% sure it isn’t Matt Rosendale.

Fire Mitch. Support Rosendale. https://t.co/u4fnsuUFSS

— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) February 9, 2024

I support @MattForMontana.

I don’t know Sheehy, but I know who backs him; it’s concerning.@MattForMontana has a proven record of fighting the D.C. swamp & scars to prove it.

So why are Sheehy’s swampiest supporters working so hard to keep @MattForMontana out of the Senate? https://t.co/K2pi1sZt5k

— Mike Lee (@BasedMikeLee) February 9, 2024

For his part, Matt Rosendale, who is now a sitting congressman, posted the many endorsements he has received on X, and they are from some serious MAGA figures:

“Matt Rosendale is the only candidate who will stand for liberty and the Constitution and actually fight to drain the swamp. Matt is for balanced budgets, smaller government, and he is against our endless wars.

Don’t be fooled and don’t fall for the candidates the DC… pic.twitter.com/KDoVyLZBEP

— Matt Rosendale (@MattForMontana) February 9, 2024

“I’m honored to support Matt Rosendale for Senate. I have personally witnessed him fighting as hard for the American people as anyone in Congress. Unlike many in Congress Matt’s voting record matches his America first rhetoric.” pic.twitter.com/Jyv5wIqbnO

— Matt Rosendale (@MattForMontana) February 9, 2024

“I fully endorse Congressman Matt Rosendale in his bid to be Montana’s next United States Senator. From his time serving in the State Legislature, to statewide elected office as Auditor and now Congressman, Matt Rosendale has never wavered in leading with his conservative… pic.twitter.com/ISL8cOqvR7

— Matt Rosendale (@MattForMontana) February 9, 2024

“Matt Rosendale has been a great Congressman and will be a superior United States Senator. I know Matt as a principled patriot who loves his family, Montana, and our country. I am honored to support Matt as the next U.S. Senator from Montana.” pic.twitter.com/XBcRBjgICy

— Matt Rosendale (@MattForMontana) February 9, 2024

“Matt Rosendale has a long, proven track record of Constitutional voting, fighting on behalf of the citizens he serves and getting results! He’s self made and can’t be bought. Matt has the life and legislative experience, not to mention the grit that Montanans want to represent… pic.twitter.com/lsSNsRFOFD

— Matt Rosendale (@MattForMontana) February 9, 2024

“Our county cannot afford the status quo at the Federal level. Matt Rosendale is the proven change agent America needs and the one Montanans trust.” pic.twitter.com/fA341AXxiv

— Matt Rosendale (@MattForMontana) February 10, 2024

“Finally, in my lifetime we have a statesman, in Matt Rosendale, who will go back to DC and say “Enough is enough!” We know he will fight for freedom, not just because he says he will, but because he has been doing it. I am very excited about Matt’s run for the US Senate.” pic.twitter.com/bRp1FiUIfh

— Matt Rosendale (@MattForMontana) February 10, 2024

“As the leftist regime continues their non-stop campaign of trying to force Marxism down our throat, we need a well proven leader to fight back. Matt has shown us time and again that he is ready and willing to do just that.” pic.twitter.com/Ku9mcCtmeU

— Matt Rosendale (@MattForMontana) February 10, 2024

A tried and true servant of the people of Montana! A man of faith and principles above reproach! Working for what’s best for Montana! pic.twitter.com/8JZ5J7HweM

— Matt Rosendale (@MattForMontana) February 10, 2024

I am not sure why anyone would want more Mitch McConnell when you can have a guy like Matt Rosendale instead.

Montana needs a strong conservative like Matt to join the Senate. https://t.co/4tfBqeDV0X

— Tyler Bowyer (@tylerbowyer) February 9, 2024

It is true that Sheehy seems to have a lot of things that would give a MAGA voter pause.

Last July, for instance, he quietly deleted all the support for environmental, social and corporate governance, as well as climate change from the website of Bridger Aerospace, the aerial firefighting company he owns, ABC News reported last July.

The deletion came just as he was announcing his candidacy, and smacked of an attempt to obscure the fact that he was a supporter of these far-left ideas right up until the moment he launched his campaign for the Senate.

He has also suggested that American troops should be sent to fight against the Russians in Ukraine.

Indeed, he made a major flip flop on his troops-to-Ukraine position. Once he was well into his race for the Senate, Sheehy floated a statement saying that the U.S. should stop financially supporting Ukraine and call for a cease fire and peace talks between Russia and Ukraine. But this call stands in stark contrast to the social media posts he made a year before, where he suggested that he supported sending U.S. troops to Ukraine to stop Russian expansion, Jewish Insider reported.

Sheehy reportedly spent a lot of time deleting past social media posts that would imperil his run for Senate.

Finally, Sheehy also has one more very concerning thing about his candidacy; he is backed by Sen. Mitch McConnell and the GOP establishment in Washington, D.C. This fact also puts Trump’s endorsement at odds with his own MAGA base.

On the other hand, Matt Rosendale has been a thorn in the side of the GOP establishment since day one, and he is exactly the sort of man MAGA voters can trust.

Do you think Trump should endorse Rosendale?

Some recent polling also seems to show that Rosendale leads Sheehy in a head-to-head race against Democrat Jon Tester, so Trump’s endorsement might seem to be an odd choice to make. Still, it is early in Montana and many are only just starting to pay attention to the race for 2024.

Regardless, Trump’s choice seems a bit out of character for the MAGA movement.


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Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN and several local Chicago news programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a “target-rich environment” for political news.

Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN and several local Chicago news programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a “target-rich environment” for political news.

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