Well, maybe we’ll finally get some help fighting the insurrectionists from Mike Rounds, now that they are spoiling his town halls with their moonbat war on fact and democracy.
Fringe radicals surprised South Dakota’s junior Senator at a public forum in Spearfish Thursday by booing, shouting for impeachment, and threatening armed rebellion.
Senator Rounds tried to stand up for the plain fact that the 2020 election was conducted freely and fairly, but the fringe radicals whom he and his party ahve empowered were having none of it:
Rounds received his loudest and most raucous round of disapproval, when he said he thinks the outcome of the 2020 election was accurate.
“Oh, my God,” one woman was heard saying through the increased booing.
“What planet are you from, are you kidding me?” another said.
Rounds responded with an explanation for his reasoning.
“We actually went through 62 different challenges in the different states before Jan. 6,” he said. “We went through looking to try to find out where I could come back to South Dakota and say, ‘Guess what, we found the locations where the election in particular states would have changed the outcome of the election.’ If I could come back and tell you that I found it, I would, it’d be a lot easier.”
“They hid it well,” a man said.
“What we do know,” Rounds continued. “Is as in most elections, did we find some errors, yep. And did we actually find some cheating, yep. But would it have changed the outcome in any of the states…”
“Yep,” several people answered.
“The answer is no, we couldn’t find it,” Rounds finished [Alex Portal, “Tables Turn on Rounds at Round Table Talk,” Black Hills Pioneer, 2022.08.20].
Try talking fact with Trumpists, and they turn to guns. Witness the threat of violence unveiled by one audience member in response to Rounds’s call for unity:
“As a voter, I just want to ask you to bring this message back to the rest of D.C. – All the discontent, the pressure cooker we’re in right now, if they don’t do something to fix it quick, we’re runnin’ out of options here,” the man said. “We have no faith in the voting process; most of us don’t. The media’s against us, Hollywood’s against us, we get cancelled – thrown off the social media platforms. You know the four boxes of liberty?… I’m gonna get on a watch list today. We’re runnin out of options. We don’t wanna go there, I don’t wanna … go there, OK? But we’re out of options here. You take this message back to those swamp rats back in D.C., we’re frickin tired of it. Leave us alone, let us work, pay our taxes, leave us the friggin’ hell alone. This is 1860 right now, you know what I’m sayin?” [link added; Portal, 2022.08.20].
Senator Rounds seemed keenly concerned that a crowd he thought would consist of faithful Republicans would express such disdain for the election system that they might sit out and not vote for John Thune, Kristi Noem, and his other right-wing compatriots on this November’s ballot. I won’t mind if those cranky folks all exercise their right not to vote this November and let the rest of South Dakota elect Brian Bengs and Jamie Smith and finally expand Medicaid. But Senator Rounds should be condemn as loudly and forcefully as I will the fact people would threaten an elected official with armed violence over nothing more than the lies they’ve been fed by a properly defeated dictator.
Senator Rounds had the courage to look those angry people in the eye and tell them they are wrong to claim the 2020 election was stolen. He must now use his position, safe from a Cheney-esque primary ouster for another four years, to deem the election liars traitors and to denounce at every turn any suggestion from the hijackers of his party that armed violence is a proper response to a free and fair election.