North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven and his fellow Republican senators are huge hypocrites. That’s because they want to confirm a Supreme Court justice nominated by Republican President Donald Trump in a presidential election year. However, Hoeven and his Republican Senate colleagues blocked President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland during the presidential election year of 2016.

At that time, Hoeven said, “There is 80 years of precedent for not nominating and confirming a new justice of the Supreme Court in the final year of a president’s term so that people can have a say in this very important decision.”

Of course what has changed now is that the new justice would be appointed by a Republican. Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-ND, is also part of this shameful dishonest double standard. Hoeven and his fellow Senate phonies make up the rules as they go, and then change them when it suits their purposes. I foolishly expect consistency and integrity from Hoeven, Cramer and the other sheep. Instead, we get shame, blind partisanship, power grabs, lies and deception.

It is reprehensible that President Trump knew how horrible the coronavirus was going to get in the U.S., did virtually nothing about it, and lied about it. Trump saying he didn’t want Americans to panic is baloney. From fear mongering about caravans carrying killer migrants, to claiming Joe Biden will destroy the suburbs, to complaining that voting by mail causes fraud, Trump is all about wanting us to panic.

“Not being truthful to the American public had devastating consequences,” said Dr. Stephen McDonough, former North Dakota Public Health Officer. “Trump’s lies and lack of a vigorous public health response caused 150,000 deaths in our country. There could be another 200,000 deaths. This is the greatest public health failure in the history of this country and our state.”

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Interesting to see how two Republican incumbents in Fargo’s District 46, Sen. Jim Roers and Rep. Shannon Roers Jones, have distanced themselves from the other District 46 Republican incumbent, Rep. Jim Kasper. Only Roers and Roers Jones appear in the campaign lawn signs and billboards. I’ve never seen that before, where all three members of the same party running for the legislature in the same district, do not appear together in the same campaign advertisements. My guess is it’s in large part due to the ugly posts that appeared on Kasper’s personal Facebook page.

Kasper still has a Jim Kasper House District 46 Facebook page, but there’s a problem there, too. Kasper claims that he, Roers and Roers Jones are strong supporters of the LGBTQ community and equal rights. If you look at Kasper’s horrific record on equal rights, you can see that’s not true. In several legislative sessions, Kasper always voted against protecting the LGBTQ community from discrimination.

Someone please tell me if I am about to have a car crash. Don’t worry about panicking me.

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