"I know things about Tester that I could say, too. And if I said 'em, he'd never be elected again.”
So said Trump at a Michigan rally on Saturday night.
And with that, the fight picks up.
We saw round 1 of Trump vs. Tester on Thursday, when Trump lashed-out at Tester for torpedoing his VA nominee.
We looked at the aspects of that story last week.
Now we have round 2 starting up, with Trump claiming that he ‘knows things’ about Tester that could cost him the election.
Well…what in the world could these things be?
We know that Jon Tester is married to Sharla Bitx. I believe the two tied the knot in 1977 or ’78.
Their daughter, Christine, was born in 1980. A son, Shon, followed in 1985.
This is not the area where the scandal lies.
Nor does it lie with Jon’s bribes from Big Pharma.
Nope, the scandal is voter fraud.
Supposedly Tester won in 2006 because he engaged in voter fraud on the Crow Indian Reservation.
One radio show is claiming that Democrats paid Native Americans $40 for each of their votes during the 2006 election.
This is voter fraud.
In 2007 Chris Kortlander filed a federal lawsuit in regard to this issue. Kortlander owns a Custer museum in Big Horn County.
Here’s the 14-page legal complaint.
In March 2018, he actually put out a book detailing the issue:
“Kortlander also unearthed damning information concerning the election of Montana Senator Jon Tester. In Arrow to the Heart, Kortlander details voter fraud that took place when Tester was first elected to the United States Senate in 2006, which changed the Senate majority from Republican to Democrat.”
Here are some highlights from that 14-page complaint:
"On Election Day, November 7, 2006, Plaintiff's witnessed and/or became aware of election fraud and/or voting rights abuses at polling precincts 5 and 7, located within the exterior boundaries of the Crow Indian Reservation..."
"Specifically, ballot boxes...were unsecured on Election Day, both during and after polling hours."
"...a non-tribal poll watcher was ordered by enrolled Crow tribal members serving as Big Horn County election judges to leave the precinct before the processing of the ballots was completed."
Steve Bullock was AG at the time, and he defended Big Horn County against these voter fraud charges.
That’s a fun link – it pulls Mike McGrath, Denise Juneau, and even Brian Schweitzer into the mix.
Kortlander claims that eight poll watchers came to him and told about voting improprieties on the reservation.
He says that he photocopied the $40 checks that the Indians were given.
The Billings Gazette reported on this in May 2007, though without naming Tester.
On page 8 of the lawsuit we even have one woman testifying that she voted twice.
Kortlander contends that non-Indian poll watchers were kicked out of the precinct when counting ballots in the back room.
He says that Indian police were driving the ballot boxes around for a couple of hours around 2 AM.
He has signed, notarized affidavits from people that were there saying there was fraud.
But at the same time...this 2007 lawsuit never went anywhere. Nothing was ever proven in a court of law. No scandal ensued.
You might remember that Tester won the 2006 race by getting 3,562 more votes than Republican Conrad Burns. Stan Jones, the Libertarian, got 10,377 votes.
So Tester won with 49.1% to Burns' 48.2% and Jones' 2.5%.
Wikipedia says "Due to errors with the polling machines the Montana count was delayed well into Wednesday November 8. The race was too close to call throughout the night and many pundits predicted the need for a recount."
Big Horn County had a 62% voter turnout that year, with 3,036 people voting for Tester and 1,556 for Burns.
In the primary, Burns got 640 votes to Tester's 775, with John Morrison taking 749.
Interesting info, but will it go anywhere...does it mean anything?
What do facts mean anymore, and what are 'facts?'
This whole ruckus started because Tester made claims, which he said came from upwards of 20 military members. None of those people have come forward themselves.
In a court of law, I imagine this'd be called hearsay.
Personally, I think Trump is mostly talk here. I doubt anything will come of this.
Yes, let’s be clear – no investigation will be opened on this…unless Trump continues to stay on Tester’s tail.
If Trump moves off, however, we know the corporate media will do the same and this story will go nowhere.
There’s a very small window of time here – really, just a day or two.
If this story doesn’t get legs, then I don’t think there’ll be a Trump vs. Tester round 3.