Montana GOP Candidate Attended Talk Featuring Conspiracy Theorist

A Montana Republican congressional candidate attended a seminar in December which featured a speaker that has argued environmentalists are “domestic terrorists” and that a small group of bankers are secretly in control of global politics, according to Mother Jones.

The candidate, Montana state Sen. Matt Rosendale (pictured) attended an event that featured the leader of Defend Rural America, Kirk MacKenzie. Rosendale is running for Montana’s outgoing Rep. Steve Daines (R-MT) congressional seat, but many Republicans are running for the nomination and a clear frontrunner has yet to emerge.

Mackenzie has argued that a core group of bankers led by the Rockefeller and Rothschild families are actually pulling the strings of global politics. This theory can be traced back to at least the 1960s, when a pamphlet called The Profound Revolution argued that a New World Order had constructed an international shadow government, and later theorists expanded on this, saying the Order was aided by a league of “international Jewish bankers” chiefly spearheaded by the Rothschilds. MacKenzie has also argued that the Endangered Species Act is a “fraud.”

In an interview with Mother Jones, Rosendale said he disagreed MacKenzie said about bankers and environmentalists.

“I don’t believe that using inflammatory rhetoric on either side of a debate is productive,” MacKenzie told the magazine in an email. “I try to use, and furthermore, strive to focus on the actual facts surrounding and impacting any issue.”

But Rosendale did not completely denounce MacKenzie.

“[I]t is critical for the United States to maintain our sovereignty and not surrender it to any other entities.”

As of October, Rosendale had raised $321,000 for his campaign, according to The Missoulian.

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