John Tsitrian says the Trumpist insurrectionists who berated Senator Mike Rounds in Spearfish last week for stating the fact that Trump lost in 2020 threaten the existence of the Republican Party (not to mention the free American republic):
…The differences between election denialists and the conventional, rational wing of the party which has surveyed the evidence and decided that the election was valid, will never be reconciled.
And that’s a huge problem for the GOP.
When a pillar of conventional, conservative Republican values like Mike Rounds gets jeered by those who share Donald Trump’s worldview, you have to wonder how many traditional Republicans, especially the hardheaded business types who have to deal with the realities of commerce and understand the value of facts, will support, or even remain, in their party [John Tsitrian, “Sen. Rounds’ Gathering in Spearfish Last Week Calls the Viability of the Republican Party into Question,” South Dakota Standard, 2022.08.22].
While Senator Rounds persists in his apparently audacious statement of facts about the 2020 election—
In an exclusive interview with Dakota News Now on Monday, Rounds once again mentioned the 62 failed state and federal lawsuits — out of 62 — challenging Joe Biden’s victory over former president Donald Trump.
“We have a duty to tell people we did not win that election,” Rounds said [John Gaskins, “Rounds on Voters Who Berated Him: They Truly Care About Their Country,” KSFY, 2022.08.22].
—Rounds is still smooching the insurrectionists backsides, praying them to stick with the GOP:
But he understands a group of people that thought the nation was headed in the right direction under Trump and were “shocked” when he lost.
“You try to empathize and you try to put yourself in their position,” Rounds said. ”These folks truly care about their country. They really care. They’re just frustrated, because they really don’t see the path forward to fixing it.”
Some election deniers have said boycotting the upcoming 2022 mid-terms is that path, which is why Rounds wants to have more forums to spread his message to do the exact opposite.
”We want the folks in 2022 to get out and to vote, so that we do have the opportunity to bring back positive conservative policies in Washington, D.C., and we’ve got a long way to go,” Rounds said [Gaskins, 2022.08.22].
Mike, you misread your monsters. They don’t want positive conservative policies or politicians (ask Liz Cheney) any more than Donald Trump did. They want a cult of personality, a dictator who gives them permission to attack Congress, mow down protestors, kill cops, and wage race war. Your brownnosing will not overcome their irrational faith in Trump the Savior. You must bow down to their God and their every article of faith, including their Big Lie about the 2020 election or you will lose them and your next election.
Or you must call them the liars and traitors they are. You must tell them that love of country requires love of facts and law. You must tell them that if they can’t admit that they lost the last election fair and square and that if they cannot accept those facts and the laws that properly govern our elections, there is no place for them in the Republican Party. Rally to your side the rational members of your party to restore the grip of reason to your conservative movement. Accept the fact that affirming moonbats to preserve dwindling electoral margins leads to harmful extremism that will only end in violence and chaos.
The monsters you created, Mike, don’t see a path forward because they want to go backward, to a straight white past that exists mostly in their stunted imaginations. They don’t really care about their country, or their neighbors (not all of us, not the brown ones, the gay ones, the non-Christian ones, the big-city ones), and they don’t care about you. If they’d had the chance, they’d have hung you right alongside Mike Pence for refusing to overturn the law and the election to keep their guy in power.
Save your party, Mike, and save the country: save the butt-kissing and tell your party’s radicals they need to shape up or ship out.