The incident occurred during the Ohio Democratic State Convention on July 28th, 2012. Gov. Schweitzer was the keynote speaker during the State Dinner, which cost attendees a minimum of $150 per plate. One dewy-eyed Democratic chick, Lauren Michelle Kinsey, engaged in some serious A2M hero worship, writing that "listening to his [Schweitzer's] speech brought tears to my eyes". During his 30-minute speech, Schweitzer talked about how his grandmother emigrated to the United States to start a new life. He bragged about his gubernatorial achievements, putting special emphasis on the Indian Education for All project.
However, it was his explanation of the education project that stirred up the controversy. After noting that 93 percent of Montana's population is classified as Caucasian, Schweitzer spewed the following:
“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. And you will hear somebody, before very long, say something outrageously racist about the people who’ve lived in Montana for 10,000 years...So, I decided, I can’t turn the heart of a 45-year-old redneck”.
So in one fell swoop, Gov. Schweitzer insulted 93 percent of his state's citizens, even though he himself is white. In case you think this is politically suicidal for him, one Montanan points out that Schweitzer is serving his last term as governor because of term limits. So I guess he doesn't give a damn what 93 percent of his constituents think of him, although on August 2nd, Politico put Schweitzer on a list of top five Democratic presidential hopefuls in 2016, ignoring the fact that it was only back in April when Schweitzer pissed off the Mormons in his state when he denigrated Mitt Romney's family background by referring to the Mormon settlement in Mexico where Romney's forebears settled as a "polygamy commune".
Brian Schweitzer may not wear a baseball cap backwards, but he's just as much a whigger as Eminem. And now he's unmasked himself as a self-hating anti-racist.
WeaselZippers was one of the first major blogs to pick it up, followed by HotAir. Gateway Pundit also weighed in, and some Montanans sounded off in the comments section. None were particularly happy with Schweitzer:
Kissmygrits #3 August 7, 2012 at 5:34 pm:
We are so glad this phony baloney piece of dem crap is termed out. Maybe his 10 min of fame is over and we won’t see him on any more interviews. Most Montanans are decent God fearing, gun toting individuals. BS certainly won’t leave the state better than he found it.
Kitty #50 August 7, 2012 at 8:30 pm:
...Montanans are not stupid, we just had a bunch of Californians and other foreigners move to Montana. He didn’t talk that way when he was running for Governor. He told us to buy Montana, but he went to Idaho to buy his farm truck — so much for that. By the way, I didn’t vote for him because I’ve always thought he was a dirtbag —
he is pro Obama also.
Indiana #51 August 7, 2012 at 8:41 pm:
He’s my Governor. I didn’t vote for him, and those that did aren’t racists either. We’re self determined and don’t need his party’s womb to tomb influence. I’m offended he said this….maybe he’s just in need of giving us the finger as he exits the office.
BioBob #62 August 7, 2012 at 11:50 pm:
I voted for the other guy….what a moron.
10,000 years ? I. don’t. think. so. In the last 300 years the blackfeet kicked out the shoshone and the crow from someplace, the sioux kicked out the crow and mandan out of someplace, the crow kicked out somebody else and the whites kicked everybody out of someplace, rofl.
the history of man is one big a$$kicking of the other and almost nobody gets to stay put for very long.
How about we kick the democraps outta here?