I want to give Taffy Howard some credit. I appreciate South Dakota Republicans (and anyone else) who are willing to stand up to the powers that be, as Representative Howard did last winter when she sponsored House Bill 1089 to tweak Governor Kristi Noem for hauling South Dakota Highway Patrol officers around the country as her personal bodyguards during campaign trips. That sensible bill and crafty poolitical move tricked Noem into attacking her fellow Republican, an unforced error showing Noem’s brittleness and boosting Howard’s cred.
But then instead of challenging Noem in the primary, Howard goes and runs for Congress against Dusty Johnson and says this stupid and dangerous thing:
Howard echoed Trump’s discredited claims of widespread voter fraud and has criticized Johnson for voting to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election. She said she would like each state to conduct a thorough review of the election that goes beyond just a recount.
“I believe there was fraud in the last election that needs to be investigated,” Howard said. “Our current congressman is not willing to admit that there was an issue” [Stephen Groves, “South Dakota Lawmaker to Challenge Johnson’s US House Seat,” AP, 2021.10.12].
Congressman Dusty Johnson can’t admit there was an issue when there was no issue. Dusty recognizes that the real problem is that domestic terrorists used Trump’s and now Howard’s lie to justify a violent assault on the United States Capitol. By advancing false claims about the 2020 general election, claims for which no one has produced any evidence, Howard participates in the fascist movement to undermine American elections and the rule of law.
Howard could do a lot more good focusing on Noem’s real corruption and removing our Snow Queen from office. Instead, Howard parrots Trump’s lies about imaginary election corruption and imperils our democracy. Dang.
Democrats, this is serious. Howard is unfit for office and a menace to the Constitution. Be prepared to register en masse as Republicans next spring and vote en masse for Dusty in the primary to prevent another insurrectionist from going to Congress.