On Tuesday, Sheriff Jesse Slaughter from Cascade County, Montana, announced that he will switch his party affiliation from the Democrats to the Republican Party for his re-election bid in 2022. He said the GOP backed him up while his own party failed to do so.
Given the way many anti-police sentiments and riots surfaced in the past year, it’s unsurprising that more law enforcement officers will follow the sheriff’s example.
In a video on his Facebook page, slaughter said that he is a known Constitutionalist. He added that, unfortunately, he has come under fire for his pro-Constitution beliefs.
Slaughter noted that elected Democrat officials have tried to censor his statements and opinions in public meetings twice because they did not agree with him. He said he’s been chastised both publicly and privately for standing up for the people’s rights, including Second Amendment rights.
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The Montana sheriff went on to say he disagrees with Democrats who support what he describes as a terrorist organization – the Antifa.
Given these, Slaughter said that with the shift in his own party, he plans on leaving it.
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He said it is his duty to serve everyone in Cascade County, no matter what political beliefs they have. To do so effectively, he mentioned he needs to know that he has the support of his political party. With this statement, Slaughter announced the start of his campaign to stay sheriff.
Slaughter went on to say that he did not make this decision on a whim. However, he added that leaders of the Republican Party always continued to offer their support for him and for the law enforcement profession.
The sheriff elaborated on this point in a statement he gave the Great Falls Tribune. He stated that every time he needed support for law enforcement, the Republicans are there to provide it.
He named Sen.Steve Daines and Gov. Greg Gianforte as two Republican leaders who support him. Slaughter even claimed that the two officials backed him up not because of political alliances but because of who he is.
With this, despite switching parties, Slaughter promised that it will not affect the way he does his job.