PART 1: Year in Review for Greg Gianforte: Four Reasons He Doesn't Represent Montana's Values
Part One: Reckless Comments on Retirement and Social Security
Gianforte Attacks Social Security Because it isn't Biblical
Gianforte Believes Seniors Have an Obligation to Work, Cites Noah's Ark
As we approach the end of the year and many begin to look forward to what 2016 may hold, Greg Gianforte is probably just glad the year is over.
In just the last 12 months, Gianforte has said and done a lot to lead us to question his motives behind his desire to be Governor. But nothing has been as jaw dropping as his comments on Social Security.
This past summer, Greg Gianforte gained national attention for his comments demeaning those who he says are “cashing Social Security checks” and saying that seniors have an “obligation to work.”
Here is the exact quote from Greg Gianforte on Social Security:
“There’s nothing in the Bible that talks about retirement. And yet is 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.’ It doesn’t say that anywhere. 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.”
After Gianforte began to see immediate backlash from Montanans reacting to his comments, he attempted to mislead the public by walking back his remarks.
In August, Montana Democrats released a web video to celebrate Social Security's 80th birthday and highlight Gianforte's reckless comments.
Gianforte's views on retirement and Social Security are irresponsible and dangerous.
As December continues, each Thursday, Montana Democrats will continue to highlight several other ways Greg Gianforte has introduced himself this year as someone that does not represent Montana's values.