President Donald Trump tapped right-wing Rep. Ryan Zinke to be his Secretary of the Interior, leaving an open seat in his former Montana district to be filled in a special election.
In predictably groan-worthy fashion, the Republican candidate for the congressional vacancy is a man who just publicly doubled down on his truly embarrassing creationist beliefs.
Republican Greg Gianforte made a fortune in tech, yet somehow can’t wrap his head around evolution. Said candidate Gianforte in an interview on Montana Public Radio when asked if he believes in evolution, “I personally believe, as many Montanans do, that God created the Earth. I believe that God created the Earth. I wasn’t there, I don’t know how long it took, I don’t know how he did it exactly. But I look around me at the grandeur in this state and I believe God created the Earth.” Radio host Sally Mauk pressed him to answer more straightforwardly, saying, “And, so, evolution is not something you believe in.” Responded Greg, “Um. I think I’ve answered your question.”
Gianforte has put his money were his mouth is in the past, donating fossils valued at $295,000 to Montana’s Glendive Dinosaur and Fossil Museum. In a profile, the Great Falls Tribune listed what the creationist museum states as its founding principles. They include: “The Bible is an accurate, literal history of the world. The world is about 6,000-6,400 years old and a six-day divine creation. The flood of the Bible’s book of Genesis, the Noah’s Ark flood, split the continents apart with water called from the deep and set off a worldwide cataclysm that buried the creatures that would become fossils in one mass event. The long flood, ensuing volcanic eruptions and an ice age radically changed the planet. Dinosaurs and humans lived at the same time. Dinosaurs were on the ark. Life can not be traced back as branches to a trunk. God created ‘kinds,’ like dog kind from whence sprung dogs, wolves, coyotes. Humans and primates don’t come from the same ‘kind.’ Neanderthals, Cro-Magnon and humans are all of ‘humankind,’ which came from Adam and Eve.” Are you disturbed that Gianforte might actually serve in Congress?