Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney fired by Donald Trump, referred to Greg Gianforte, the Republican Montana candidate who was elected to Congress after assaulting a reporter, as an “alleged criminal.”
Bharara posted two tweets to Twitter. The first is a quote from John Adams, relaying the former U.S. Attorney’s disappointment at Gianforte’s election to Congress.
"I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress." – John Adams https://t.co/XoQZGI3gw7
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) May 1, 2017
The second, more pointedly, is a condemnation not only of Gianforte, but Republican hypocrisy.
Repost in honor of alleged criminal Greg Gianforte's election. If he were an immigrant he'd face deportation; now he sets immigration policy https://t.co/vN8QdEU04S
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) May 26, 2017
Gianforte’s win was thrust into the national spotlight after the Republican candidate “body slammed” Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian, on the eve of the Montana special election to replace Ryan Zinke, Trump’s Interior Secretary.
Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault after the attack. Trump called the victory a “great win in Montana.”
Preet Bharara was famously fired by Trump; it is widely believed Trump did so because, like former FBI Director James Comey, Bharara was in the midst of investigating the President.
I did not resign. Moments ago I was fired. Being the US Attorney in SDNY will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life.
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) March 11, 2017
The President has vowed to deport all undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes, in an effort to “protect Americans.” Under this policy, as an immigrant, Gianforte would be one of those very people primed for deportation. Instead, the candidate was elected to serve in Congress. While the Republican may have managed to edge out a victory in deep red Montana, the Republican party’s blatant soullessness will soon catch up with them.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.