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Trump Jr Calls Out Montana Democratic Senator Jon Tester For Hunting Hypocrisy

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Donald Trump Jr. called out Montana Democratic Sen. Jon Tester Tuesday for campaigning on his love of hunting despite not having a hunting license for the past six years.

“Wow! If there’s one thing the people of Montana hate it’s a phony,” the president’s son wrote on Twitter Tuesday night. “Jon Tester pretends he’s an outdoorsman but really he’s just the swamp and the #1 Senate recipient of cash from DC lobbyists.”

Tester was dinged after sending out a mailer with a photo of him with two men in hunting gear.

“As we gear up for hunting season, Montanans know that hunting isn’t just a sport – it feeds our families, and it creates lifelong memories with our kids and grandkids,” Tester is quoted as saying on the mailer, according to Fox News. “Montanans are lucky to have some of the best access, longest seasons and greatest hunting in the world.”

Trump Jr.’s claim about Tester’s lobbyist cash checks out with a Sept. 10 Associated Press fact check that reported Tester “was the top recipient in Congress of money from lobbyists for a time.”

Fox News dinged Tester for not possessing a hunting or fishing license “for 12 out of the last 16 years.”

A Tester aide downplayed the Fox News story and said that Tester has never worked to portray himself as an avid hunter, according to Fox News. (RELATED: Trump Administration Backed Off Including These Critical Items In Latest Tariffs)

Tester is a red-state Democrat fighting Montana State Auditor Matt Rosendale to keep the seat Tester has had since 2007. RealClearPolitics ranks the race as a toss-up. Trump Jr. will campaign for Rosendale in Montana in late September, reported The Hill.

Trump Jr. and his brother Eric Trump have received attention for their love of hunting.

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