The Monday Memo

Good News – The Western Word is coming to you, STILL, I repeat STILL, coronavirus free, from deep inside an underground bunker in Montana. The bunker also serves as the worldwide headquarters for The Western Word blog!

Today’s quote:

The same people who voted for Trump because “he says what he means” are now busy arguing he did not mean what he said. –Unknown

Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:

  • Montana Gubernatorial Debate
  • The New Excuse
  • Stimulus Checks & More
  • One More Thing


As I mentioned Friday, four out of the five candidates for Governor of Montana participated in a virtual debate on Saturday with the topic being agriculture and rural issues.

Ironically, the four that showed up are still eligible to get my vote!

Missoula businesswoman Whitney Williams and Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney debated for the Democrats while Attorney General Tim Fox and state Sen. Al Olszewski of Kalispell participated in the Republican debate.

Current U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte did not participate. I did receive the first campaign flier in the mail this weekend – from Gianforte.

From what I read, the debates were pretty tame.

Read a report from the Montana Free Press HERE.

Read a report from Lee Newspapers HERE.


If you follow President Donald Trump very much then you know he will never admit he was wrong. That’s true EVEN when he is shown or read his quote.

On Friday I wrote about his quotes from the Coronavirus Task Force briefing where he talked about inserting an ultraviolet light inside the body to kill the coronavirus. He then talked about injecting a disinfectant in a person after they talked about bleach and Lysol being used for disinfecting surfaces.

After Trump’s comments there were calls to health centers asking about injecting the disinfectant, and companies and healthcare personnel telling people not to use the disinfectants internally, Trump came up with the following excuse when asked about it the next day:

“I was asking a question sarcastically to reporters like you just to see what would happen.” He also added, “I was asking a sarcastic and a very sarcastic question to the reporters in the room about disinfectant on the inside.”

On Sunday the President went on a Twitter rant about the news (even Fox News). The Huffington Post reported:

Trump also called on reporters who wrote about Russia’s interference in the U.S. presidential election to return their “Noble” prizes. There are no Noble prizes for reported stories, nor are there Nobel Prizes. There are Pulitzer Prizes for journalism; there is a Nobel Prize for literature.

Later in the day after he was laughed at, Trump tweeted, “Does sarcasm ever work?”

So instead of Trump saying he was wrong or something that simple, he is saying people don’t get his sarcasm. So, it’s our fault!


Surprise, surprise, surprise – CNN and other news organizations are reporting that if you’re getting money from the federal government as part of the recent stimulus response to the coronavirus, you’ll also get a letter from President Donald Trump explaining why.

It sounds like the letter is separate from the mailed checks and it appears the letter will be sent to everyone who received the money.

I’ve also read that one side of the letter has a Spanish version.

I hope it’s suitable for framing!


What if this quarantine is just the aliens fattening us up before the big harvest…