Interview with Ed Kugler the founder of the largest “hate group” in Montana — Last Chance Patriots
HELENA — You would think that “hate groups” would loathe having to interview with a Latino journalist who represents the Republican National Hispanic Assembly. However, that wasn’t the case with Ed Kugler the founder of the Last Chance Patriots who within minutes quickly responded to my inquiry and was enthusiastic about our interview.
I shared with him that on February 24/7 Wall St.’s article claimed that Montana was ranked number one for having the most hate groups per capita and that his organization was named as being the largest in Montana. It was a phenomenal interview that I believe exposes the left for vilifying anyone who dares to defy their narrative.
BIO: “Ed Kugler was born in Lock Seventeen, Ohio. Following high school graduation, he joined the Marine Corps, serving four years, two years in the Vietnam War, seeing combat there, and the Dominican Republic. Following the Marines, he worked his way from truck driver to a supervisor and a career with Frito Lay, Pepsi Cola, and Compaq Computer where he was Vice President of Worldwide Logistics. He married his wife Gloria in 1969. They moved to the Flathead Valley in 2000. They have three children and five grandchildren.”
What inspired you to name your organization as Last Chance Patriots?
Brigitte Gabriel started the Act for America organization in Polson, Montana. After growing several chapters, we wanted to focus on Montanan issues rather than national issues. There was a mutual parting because of that, and we decided to do our own thing with my partner Linda Saur. We lost 10% at least of followers as a result of the name. We came up with that name simply because America is the last chance to remain as a free country with the constitution remaining intact.
What is your mission?
Educating and Inspiring Montanans to Rise in defense of our security, our liberty, and our values.
When was the first time you were aware you were named as a hate group?
Perhaps around 2018 or so when Travis McAdams, who writes on behalf of Montana Human Rights Council labeled us like that. It’s interesting because they accused us of having things to hide when we can’t find a person’s name or someone to talk to on behalf of MHRC. You can’t put a face or a name to that organization. Why don’t they have their board of directors at the forefront? People can say what they want. If anyone has anything to hide, I wouldn’t say it is us.
Do you know why you are labeled as a hate group?
We don’t simply follow their narrative. For example, I personally know Trevor Loudon a New Zealander politician who lives here 9 months out of the year. He is trying to wake up America to what is happening to them. He specifically names people in power who are communists in his books. Yet, he has never been sued for defamation. That should tell you something.
We had a tour in Montana for Trevor Loudon which started in Missoula. And there is an anonymous guy who claims to be “Antifa Montana” online who actually called the hotel where Loudon was staying and threatened the manager who happened to be from Holland. They threatened her, naturally, she was very upset, the cops came, and the protestors who showed up were kept at bay protesting off of the private property.
I engaged with this guy on Facebook, and we talked off and on since then for the last 3 years. He is from Butte, and John Doe admits to being an unapologetic communist.
The event we had is free to students and I noticed a young man who looked like he came from the ’60s, long hair and whatnot, attending the event. It was obvious he came to oppose Loudon and so I said to the kid, “what do you have against this man?” Where he quickly accused Loudon of being an Anti-Semite which couldn’t be the furthest things from the truth. I found out he is with the World Works Party, a chapter in Missoula whose roots are in communism.
We are pro-American, and the fashion statement of today’s day and age is to be Anti-American. We aren’t politically correct and that’s why we are labeled as such. We are about the truth and let the chips fall where they may.
According to the 24/7 Wall St. article, you are the largest hate group in Montana? Is that accurate?
If that’s true then you have nothing to worry about. For one, we have no membership of any kind. The most we have is a newsletter that we publish once a month to 1,000 or so subscribers. No board of directors, or formal meetings. We do not preach hate in our newsletter. It’s laughable that we are named as the largest organization when we don’t have any sort of membership or meetings. There are only two of us, my partner and me.
I’ll just ask you directly, are you a racist?
No, I’m not a racist. I was in the Marine core and Vietnam and I served with every race there is, Native Americans, Puerto Ricans, etc. it’s just not an issue for me. It never has been. Linda my partner, is the same. I have been in Montana for 20 years and I never have seen racism. I don’t see it in Montana. Quite frankly, I wouldn’t be around someone or affiliate myself with someone who is a racist.
24/7 Wall St. points out that Montana lacks diversity as if that’s proof enough to suggest racial issues and discrimination as being a problem here. How do you feel about that?
It’s a narrative that’s being pushed nationwide but it’s easier to push it here because we are 85% white. So we are now racist only because we have a majority of white people? Today it’s a narrative and it pays those who push it. Just look at the recent news on the Black Lives Matter founder who was caught buying several properties worth millions of dollars. Also, SPLC is the number one hate group, because they are using the narrative to push their agenda. I don’t think any of it holds water here in Montana.
Any final words for community or something you want to impart to our readers?
I just think we need to get back to the constitution and hold our political representatives accountable regardless of party. Something that wasn’t supposed to happen is that this country has ended up with a ruling class. Though I have doubts we can get away from that, we will continue to stand up for our principles and what we believe. This is America, but we are losing our freedom and first amendment rights. If people are going to stand up, they need to stand up now.
I personally believe the minorities are being exploited by people who are making money off of them, and it’s a disservice to all of them. They are talented people, smart and hardworking and just look at all they accomplished. Look at our congress and even former president, and which is a message to the world and all people that all Americans have access to these opportunities afforded to us in this free nation.