Congressman Zinke praises Trump despite disgusting claims on military sexual assault
HELENA -- While Donald Trump continues to insist that our military service women should expect assaults when serving with men, Congressman Zinke stands by his side... silent.
In fact, after Wednesday night’s Commander in Chief forum, Zinke sent out a press release blindly praising Donald Trump without calling on him to apologize for the offensive remarks he made about servicewomen.
- In 2013, Trump Tweeted: “26,000 unreported sexual assaults in the military, only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men and women together?”
- Wednesday night: “Well, it is — it is — it is a correct tweet. There are many people that think that that’s absolutely correct.”
“For a veteran like Congressman Zinke to not only accept, but praise Donald Trump after making such hateful remarks about women who have bravely served in the military is beyond unacceptable,” said Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. “However, because of Congressman Zinke’s own terrible record around women in the military, his lack of leadership on this doesn’t come as much of a surprise.”
- Congressman Zinke Played Games by Sponsoring a “Reckless” Bill to Draft Women into Combat, Even Though He Opposed the Bill: In 2015, Zinke and Rep. Duncan Hunter introduced the Draft America’s Daughters Act, a bill that would require women to register for the draft. Zinke and Hunter both voted against their own bill in committee because they had only offered it ironically, to spark a national dialogue. The Montana Defense Alliance said that his bill was “reckless.” [Great Falls Tribune 4/28/16; Military Times, 4/28/16; AP, 7/7/16; HR 5485, Vote 379, 7/7/16]
- Congressman Zinke said that Allowing Women in Combat Roles “Provides a Distraction”: In January 2013, Zinke was on the Tim Constantine radio show to talk about the Department of Defense’s new policy to allow women in frontline combat positions. “Unilaterally across the board, there’s an unintended consequence, I think it provides a distraction and it weakens the force.” [YouTube, 1/28/13 (0:40)]
- Congressman Zinke Denigrated the Contribution of Women Serving in the Military: During a debate in the House Armed Services Committee on the role of women in combat, Congressman Zinke said the “enemy doesn’t recognize men or women in a uniform. The enemy recognizes weakness.” [The Hill, 4/29/15]