Donald Trump Jr. Calls Out 'Phony' Democratic Senator Who Sent Out 'Hunting' Photo


The president’s eldest son weighed in on Montana’s U.S. Senate race with a Townhall column Wednesday criticizing incumbent Democrat Jon Tester as a “phony” on the issue of gun rights.

Donald Trump Jr. wrote that “real Montanans caught on to the truth quickly” after receiving what he described as a deceptive ad from Tester’s campaign.

“Lying, misleading, deceiving, obfuscating… it’s what politicians do best around election time,” he wrote. “But if there’s one thing I know people across the heartland hate, it’s a phony.”

In the mailer he described, which was obtained by Fox News, Tester is pictured “on a farm with a gun in his hand,” Trump said, despite records indicating the senator does not have an active hunting license.

“According to the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks records, the last time Jon Tester was legally allowed to hunt was the last time he was up for reelection,” he wrote.

GOP Rep Moves to Institute Death Penalty for Child Sex Abusers: 'Let's See Who Tries to Protect Pedophiles'

Trump said he does not believe the timing is coincidental, going on to paint a picture of a moderate Democrat corrupted by D.C. liberals.

“Tester has changed his tune dramatically over the years that he’s been in Congress,” Trump wrote. “He left behind his Montana values many years ago and adopted the beltway buckle — caving to the Democrat leadership in Washington, time and time again.”

Trump blamed Tester’s “association with the likes of Chuck Schumer” for the apparent ideological shift, pointing out that “he votes with the Senate Minority Leader nearly 85 percent of the time — aligning him closer to voters in New York than his own constituents in Montana.”

Tester, however, has claimed Republican support for his stance on issues including hunting is a reason voters can rely on him to represent their needs in the nation’s capital.

The Townhall column also described Tester’s ostensible “coziness with the establishment elite” and willingness to accept money from lobbyists as reasons Montana voters should elect his GOP challenger.

Do you think Tester's ad is deceptive?

“All of this highlights the need for Montanans to support Republican Senate candidate Matt Rosendale,” Trump wrote. “Instead of people like Tester, who say one thing and do another, our communities deserve representatives who don’t establish a false facade every election season.’

He promised that when the Senate hopeful “says he stands up for Montana’s hunters, he means it. Matt won’t misguide them, take them for granted, or pander to them.”

Trump also suggested Rosendale’s “great relationship” with the president “would pay off nicely for the people of Montana” if he is elected.

Hazmat Team Seen at Donald Trump Jr.'s House After He Receives Ominous Letter

“My father needs a team player who will work with him to continue to expand our booming economy and protect our constitutional rights such as gun ownership, and Tester has proven to be anything but that,” Trump wrote.

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →

We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

, , , ,
Chris Agee is an American journalist with more than 15 years of experience in a wide range of newsrooms.
Chris Agee is an American journalist with more than 15 years of experience in a variety of newsroom settings. After covering crime and other beats for newspapers and radio stations across the U.S., he served as managing editor at Western Journalism until 2017. He has also been a regular guest and guest host on several syndicated radio programs. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife and son.
Texas Press Association, Best News Writing - 2012
Bachelor of Arts, Journalism - Averett University
Professional Memberships
Online News Association
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment