A crowd celebrates the defeat of Donald Trump in front of St. John’s Church in Washington, D.C., on November 7, 2020. Photo by Indianz.Com (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)
Chastising South Dakota’s legislative whimps
Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Former Senator Joseph Biden won the 2020 election for President of the U.S. in November of this year.   He defeated one-term Donald Trump by substantial margins in both the popular vote as well as the Electoral College

In spite of these facts, Trump refuses to concede so we citizens are subjected to a disastrous couple of months as what is called the “transition” drags on. Trump has 71 days to disappear.

Our hope that he actually will do that fades at the close of every day.

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn. Courtesy photo

The thuggish pitiful behavior of our South Dakota national representatives (all Republicans) in the face of this spectacular rejection of their leader would be a childish joke if it weren’t so pitifully ignorant.  

About the dozen or so futile legal suits filed by Trump concerning his claim of “fraud”,   Rep. Dusty Johnson says “I’m not saying anything is crooked,  but I don’t blame the president for wanting to get to the bottom OF IT,” (a clear implication?). He says in response to a reporter’s question, “No, I am not offended.”  

Johnson has always struck me as one of the dim-ist bulbs we have elected in a long time and this response to Trump’s bush-back position affirms my thoughts.

Sen. Mike Rounds, blaming the media, says: “The race has not been certified; I fully support the president’s interests and his supporters.” Rounds, as a legislator, has never failed to do the wrong thing.   


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Elizabeth Cook-Lynn is a retired Professor of Native Studies. She taught at Eastern Washington University and Arizona State University. She currently lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She has written 15 books in her field. One of her latest is Anti-Indianism in Modern America: A Voice from Tatekeya’s Earth, published by University of Illinois Press.

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