I’ve heard a rumor that some Republicans in North Dakota consider the repeal of the Affordable Care Act to be health-care reform and call it common sense. If reform means depriving millions of health care, and forcing thousands of North Dakotans to do without, maybe they’re right.

Republicans in North Dakota crowed about President Trump’s tax cuts, which benefited the wealthy few and cost working men and women money they could have used to pay the mortgage or put food on the table.

Republicans in North Dakota went along with Trump’s appalling policy of putting kids in cages and separating them from their parents. When a judge recently ruled that hard-hearted Republican officials had to return kids to their parents within six months, the Republicans appealed: “We want two years,” they said with a straight face.

Republicans in North Dakota didn’t blink when Trump’s budget this year proposed a cut in Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid: “Over the next 10 years, Trump’s 2020 budget proposal aims to spend $1.5 trillion less on Medicaid — instead allocating $1.2 trillion in a block-grant program to states — $25 billion less on Social Security, and $845 billion less on Medicare (some of that is reclassified to a different department).” Fortunately, we have a Democrat House to stop this clever chicanery in advance.


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Republicans in North Dakota prefer corporate socialism to the common sense social democratic capitalism proposed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and other candidates promising to protect Social Security and Medicare and spreading the word about a Republican president who treats foreign dictators better than he does working Americans of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. Trump treats white working-class Americans especially badly, but he’s an equal-opportunity bully.

Finally, Republicans in North Dakota have trouble acknowledging the truth: their president is a bad man, a bully, and a pathological liar accused (so far) by 20 women of sexual assault and/or harassment who serves the interests of the wealthy few and manipulates his supporters as often as he lies, which is every day.

I know from my own experience and the accounts of friends, ranging from rodeo riders and poets to historians and truck drivers, that North Dakotans are better than this. As Kurt Vonnegut said, however, you are what you pretend to be, so be careful what you pretend to be, and think carefully when you vote whether you stand with Trump and his climate-change denying, women-hating and neo-Nazi white supremacist hate groups, or with us, Independents and Democrats (and, yes, more and more get-rid-of-Trump Republicans) who will make America great again.