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Ryan Zinke attends CPAC in 2016 (Gage Skidmore / Flickr)


Navy SEAL Who Worked In Trump White House Wins Montana House Race

Republicans secure another win, this time in Montana, where a Navy SEAL who worked for Trump takes office for the second time

This morning the race was called for Ryan Zinke, a former Trump administration official who ran to represent Montana in the U.S. House.

Zinke beat Democrat Monica Tranel in the race for Montana’s 1st Congressional District.

In 2017 and 2018, Zinke worked in the Trump administration in the Department of the Interior, becoming the first U.S. Navy SEAL to serve in a White House cabinet position.

At the time, it was reported that Zinke is a retired SEAL officer and Iraq War veteran, and he was the first Navy SEAL elected to the U.S. House during his first stint in Congress that began in 2015.

Zinke was elected to Montana’s at-large seat in the U.S. House in 2014, and served until he was tapped by Trump in 2017. Since then, Montana has picked up an additional House seat, and Zinke ran in a somewhat competitive district.

At press time, the race has been called with Zinke securing 49.7% of the electorate, about 120,288 votes, compared to Tranel’s 46.4%.

He ultimately left the Trump administration in 2018, where he worked to roll back Obama-era environmental restrictions, amid multiple ethics investigations, per The Hill.

Apparently the Interior Department’s internal watchdog released two reports this year, under Biden’s watch, claiming that Zinke failed to follow ethics rules and misled investigators. Zinke denied any wrongdoing, and the Department of Justice declined to prosecute.

President Donald Trump delivers remarks with Ryan Zinke and Mike Pence on April 26, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Zinke is one of many Republican victories that continue to trickle in, even days past the election, as ballots are slowly counted in a lengthy fashion that is coming to characterize some elections in the United States.

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Yesterday, for example, it was finally revealed that Republicans swept all four seats on Long Island in New York, picking up two seats formerly held by Democrats and holding two more considered vulnerable.

While many pundits have attempted to accuse Trump of sabotaging a red wave, the former president has rebuffed the claims by noting that 216 of his endorsed candidates won their elections.

“The people I endorsed did very well. I was batting 98.6% in the primaries, and 216 to 19 in the general election—that is amazing,” Trump told Fox News yesterday, adding that “all these guys that are winning are my people.”

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Tom Pappert is the Editor-in-Chief of Valiant News. He has worked in political news and commentary since 2015, when he began supporting Trump on a left wing college campus. You can follow him on Twitter @realTomPappert, on Gab @realGodEmperorTrump, on Facebook at Tom Pappert, or see his other social media by visiting Tips can be sent securely to [email protected].



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    Vanessa Brown

    November 11, 2022 at 6:47 pm

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    Julie Taylor

    November 15, 2022 at 7:32 am

    I know this will get lost in the comment section but sometimes at night I go to my backyard and roll over in the dirt and I pretend I’m a big carrot 🥕.. The neighborhoods come out to their back yards and yell out “ hey who’s there” I would like to answer but since carrots can’t talk, I remain quiet.

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