As a “government drone” hovers over Matt Rosendale, the Republican House candidate from Montana tells the camera what he thinks of government overreach, regulation, and “spying on our citizens.”
Then, standing in front of an ATV, Rosendale coolly puts a rifle to his shoulder, looks up through the sight and “downs” the drone with a single shot.
“The federal government is too big and too powerful,” Rosendale says. “I’m ready to stand tall for freedom and get Washington out of our lives,” he says.
Rosendale is trying to stand out in a five-way primary for Montana’s at-large seat in the House.
Sporting a barn jacket and a flattop buzz cut, the state senator lowers the rifle and pledges to get the feds off his constituents’ backs—or at least not hovering over their heads.
Montana is among the states that prohibit law enforcement from using drones without a warrant. On the federal level, U.S. Customs and Border Protection runs surveillance operations with its nine-drone fleet.