Jay Williams recognizes that neither Donald Trump nor his dogged endorser Senator John Thune represent South Dakota values. The Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate issued three statements this week that show the failure of Thune’s moral compass.
First, Williams said his opponent has a moral obligation to repudiate Trump’s assassination-hinting outrage:
Trump’s comments remind me of Sarah Palin in 2011 when she said “Don’t retreat! Instead – RELOAD!” Shortly after, a gunman fired several shots at a political rally wounding Gabby Gifford and killing six others. Trump’s comments are actually dangerous. This is not the first time he has incited violence during his rallies and this latest example, if said by an ordinary citizen would land him in jail. Unlike Hillary Clinton who has been accused, investigated and exonerated, Trump actually appears to have broken the law. John Thune should be ashamed of his endorsement of this unfit candidate and at the very least should publicly repudiate this disgraceful and dangerous rhetoric [Jay Williams, press release, 2016.08.10].
Then Williams expressed his support for the USCIS’s termination of South Dakota’s EB-5 status, a punishment warranted by a culture of corruption that one would think a Republican leader like Thune would have done something to stop:
The irony of this is that the State of South Dakota seems eager to obtain federal funds for programs that can be administered by administration officials where there is an opportunity for funds to be funneled to private individuals while the State rejects funds for Medicaid expansion where the funds are targeted to help low income disadvantaged people. While South Dakota voters continue to elect officials based largely on party affiliation rather on merit, it will be difficult to end this “culture of corruption.” Only by holding elected state officials accountable for misdeeds and mismanagement can this “culture of corruption” be ended.
Until the culture of corruption is exposed and eliminated, federal programs that offer business incentives or other federal funds for programs like EB-5 and Gear Up should be suspended. A complete investigation of the administration and oversight of federal funds by State government officials is warranted [Jay Williams, press release, 2016.08.12].
Finally, while Thune criticized the decision of United States Board on Geographic Names to change the name of Harney Peak to Black Elk Peak, Williams welcomed the change:
John Thune said he is surprised and upset by the renaming of Harney Peak in the Black Hills to Black Elk Peak. He says in defies logic and that he is disappointed it happened this year. I am disappointed in Senator Thune’s reaction to this long overdue name change. This is just another area where Senator Thune and I disagree. I am pleased that Black Elk’s name will replace General Harney’s name and that this long standing affront to Native Americans in South Dakota has been rectified [Jay Williams, press release, 2016.08.12].
Williams remains a longshot in every analysis of the Senate race, but at least he is a consistent voice of conscience and moral clarity.