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Monae Johnson No Longer Touting “Election Integrity” as Headline Campaign Issue for Secretary of State

Pat Powers notes that Trumpist election-liar Monae Johnson has overhauled her campaign website design. Here’s the archived layout as of June 28, right after she provided radical Trumpists their only substantive SDGOP convention win:

Monae Johnson, campaign website, archived by Internet Wayback Machine 2022.06.28.
Monae Johnson, campaign website, archived by Internet Wayback Machine 2022.06.28.

…and here’s today’s layout:

Monae Johnson, campaign website, retrieved 2022.07.15.
Monae Johnson, campaign website, retrieved 2022.07.15.

As usual, Powers focuses on superficialities (a star in her “O”! office too small! Waaaaahhh! cries the man busy selling his own skills as a campaign graphic designer) and misses the core substance. The most remarkable change is that Monae Johnson has removed her headline issue, “Election Integrity”, from her home page. The Trumpist code for “Let’s use our lie about Democrats stealing the 2020 election to justify our actual theft of every future election!” used to be central to her messaging when she was campaigning among the rump Trumpers backing her underqualified convention challenge to incumbent Republican Steve Barnett.

But now, turning to a general electorate not as Kool-Aid drunk on Trump’s lies, Johnson has erased “Election Integrity” from her top-line logo. She still emphasizes a bunch of qualities that have nothing to do with being an effective Secretary of State (mother? grandmother? 4th generation South Dakotan? Pro-Second Amendment? Pro-Life? Pro-America? Pro-Military? Pro-Law Enforcement? how are any of these banal cries relevant predictive of one’s ability to validate petition signatures, count ballots, properly interpret election and campaign finance law, process business filings, and use the state seal properly?), but “election integrity” is now banished from the main content.

“Election integrity” does creep onto her homepage in her news feed, in the headline from a July 6 campaign screed in which Johnson fantastically projects her party’s own malignancy: “I understand the challenges we will face in the coming months as the radical left continues its assault on election integrity.” I’m wondering how Johnson can say “election integrity” with a straight face when her party is pushing to allow Republican legislatures to simply ignore election results and decide election outcomes themselves. Maybe Johnson’s removal of “election integrity” marks the beginning of the radical right’s acknowledgment that, yes, they do plan to end elections as we know them (letting people vote? that’s just mob rule, right, Monae?) as soon as Monae and her Trumpublican cabal can seize control of the ballot boxes and voting machines.

So whatever new fonts Monae Johnson uses, the big point is that if you’re looking for election integrity, you won’t find it at the top of Monae Johnson’s plans or website.


  1. Vi Kingman 2022-07-15 09:31

    She’ll bring it back if she’s elected. Hope I get a chance to talk to her. Many questions

  2. Dicta 2022-07-15 10:41

    Cant wait to sue her office when she inevitably does crazy stuff regarding elections.

  3. larry kurtz 2022-07-15 10:42

    Nobody has convinced me that Mrs. Noem actually won the 2018 election since Republican secretaries of state are infamous for tampering with results especially in Indian Country. An SOS Johnson will simply continue that practice.

  4. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2022-07-15 11:22

    Dicta, I hope I can find standing to join you in those lawsuits. I wonder if she has any idea how to enforce petition and campaign finance law correctly.

  5. Bill McClellan 2022-07-15 13:30

    What’s with republicans and the red star on their campaign logos. Am I missing something? In my day a red star was emblematic of communism.

  6. Mark Anderson 2022-07-18 19:11

    Well Nixon perfected the run to the right in the primary, run to the left in the general. Maybe it’s a hangover.

  7. Cynthia Williams 2022-07-21 20:31

    She doesn’t have the experience or knowledge of what it takes to be the Secretary of State…If this is this best South Dakota GOP could come up with…we r screwed. What a disappointment

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