FARGO — North Dakota's congressional delegation is a collection of cowards at best, quislings at worst. That makes them the rule instead of the exception among Republican politicians, but that's bad considering what's at stake.
That would be the safety of American citizens, which should be no match for getting all tingly while kneeling before the altar of Trump. But it's clear Sens. Kevin Cramer and John Hoeven and Rep. Kelly Armstrong believe loyalty to one man comes before everything else.
North Dakota's Teensy-Weensy Trio spoke at a rally in Bismarck for President Trump soon after he lost re-election to Joe Biden, although we didn't know at the time how bigly he'd lost it, to make sure the unmasked masses knew they 100% supported unfounded conspiracy theories and election fraud lies.
Cramer, Hoeven and Armstrong were in on the gag, willing to whip up the base by pretending to sound serious about the president using all his "legal options." That there was no basis for those "legal options" didn't matter, even to the lawyer Armstrong, because it was all theater for the rubes anyway.
They were willing to undermine confidence in our elections with a wink and a nudge.
The game changed some in the following weeks , with at least some Republicans saying Biden is the president-elect and that Trump's unending attacks on swing-state electoral systems is chopping at the base of U.S. democracy.
The Teensy-Weensy Trio remained mostly silent, save Cramer. He took to the TV circuit as a Trump surrogate, urging America to allow the president to continue bashing the integrity of our elections. Kevin is a dutiful soldier.
They remain mum today, even as Biden's victories in key states have been certified and they know it's over. Yet, the president is still tweeting and a goodly number of Republicans are still smirking and shrugging and asking, "What are you going do?"
Owning the libs is always good for a laugh.
Except it's stopped being funny. A Georgia election official, a Republican named Gabriel Sterling, pleaded to the president and Senate Republicans to stop the madness because threats to election workers are getting personal and dangerous. Trump supporters are making specific threats to spouses and young employees, people who have nothing to do with the outcome of the election.
GA election official Gabriel Sterling gives an emotional statement on violent threats directed towards election workers.— The Recount (@therecount) December 1, 2020
Calling on Trump & GOP senators, he says "if you're gonna take a position of leadership, show some." pic.twitter.com/h1Un7AYxnE
“Stop inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence," Sterling implored. "Someone is going to get hurt, someone is going to get shot, someone is going to get killed.”
It's also not funny that Gen. Michael Flynn, the former national security advisor pardoned by Trump, is among those calling for the president to suspend the Constitution and declare martial law in order to overturn Biden's victory.
It wasn't long ago that Armstrong was using his pulpit in the House to defend Flynn. Now he's Marcel Marceau.
The game is no longer worth only winks and nudges. It's become dangerous, to both democracy and innocent individuals.
You think that'd inspire the Teensy-Weensy Trio to speak up. Then again, that'd require something other than cowardice and groveling before their Dear Leader.
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