File this one under the category “OK, that didn’t come out exactly as I meant it to come out.” Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines went along on Sen. Ted Cruz’s excellent adventure to the banks of the Rio Grande river on the U.S.-Mexico border. Daines, Cruz and more than a dozen other GOP senators bravely allowed U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents to protect them as they were “heckled” by what they claimed were human and drug traffickers on the Mexican side of the river in the dead of night.
They then went for a daring daytime ride on the Rio Grande in CBP boats equipped with large caliber machine guns. All of the lawmakers survived and then staged a news conference to report on their findings. Cruz was indignant about the number of migrants looking to cross the border to get to President Joe Biden’s America, ignoring the fact that the numbers are almost exactly what they were under the administration of his hero, Donald Trump.
Daines had something else on his mind – illegal drugs. He expressed his concern that the purity of the methamphetamine finding its way into his home state now is of a much higher quality than that which his own constituents used to be able to manufacture.
“Twenty years ago in Montana, meth was homemade. It was homegrown. And it had purity levels less than 30 percent,” Daines said. “Today, the meth that is getting into Montana is Mexican cartel. It has purities north of 95 percent. Far more dangerous, far more addictive, and it’s less expensive because they’re producing so much of it and then shipping it into our country,” he continued.
It’s not so much what Daines said, it’s more how he said it – with almost an aura of nostalgia.
Sen. Steve Daines: “Twenty years ago in Montana, meth was homemade. It was homegrown. And you had purity levels less than 30%. Today the meth that is getting into Montana is Mexican cartel.” pic.twitter.com/Xtu1geaVxJ
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) March 26, 2021
Meth is coming across our border and heading straight to Montana. It’s tearing Montana families apart and destroying communities. We are a northern border state with a southern border crisis—we must end the #BidenBorderCrisis now. pic.twitter.com/xCjOprv3RB
— Steve Daines (@SteveDaines) March 26, 2021