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President’s son touts Montana Republican candidates during Billings stop

Posted at 12:31 PM, Jun 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-23 14:31:54-04

BILLINGS – Donald Trump, Jr., son of President Trump, called for more business experts in politics as he stumped for Montana Republicans Friday night at the Billings Hotel & Convention Center.

“We see what can happen when you see businessmen, people who’ve done it when it was their money on the line,” Trump Jr. said during his keynote talk at the Montana Republicans’ state dinner.. “When it was their family and their well being on the line, these guys have all done that. I want those people representing me and my family and my five kids in Washington D.C. It matters. It can make a difference."

Trump Jr. was seeking boost Montana state Auditor Matt Rosendale, who is seeking to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, and Rep. Greg Gianforte, who is defending his seat against Democrat Kathleen Williams.

Trump, Jr. also talked about his concerns with Congress voting against the President’s agenda. He also discussed talked about growing up in New York City, but with Montana values, noting he plans on going fishing and shooting on Saturday.

Both Rosendale and Gianforte also spoke during the dinner.

"I‘m in this race to get government off our backs, out of our wallets and to protect our Montana way of life,” Rosendale said. “I will fight for more freedom, prosperity and liberty for all Montanans."

Gianforte is seeking his first re-election after winning a special election in May 2017.

"Wages are getting bigger, companies are hiring more, consumer optimism has been going up,” Gianforte told the group. “This is not a complicated plan. It’s simple. You let people keep their hard earned money and you remove the regulations that are bricks in the backpack of small business people."

Two “Make America Great Again” hats autographed by Trump, Jr. were auctioned.

About 350 were inside for the dinner.

Outside, about 30 to 40 protesters waved signs as police looked on.

Some took issue with the president’s immigration policies, while others criticized his tax policies. 

The protest was peaceful.