As the hymn goes “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.” As a former U.S. senator myself, I understand the influence the words and actions of a senator can have on their constituents.

Sens. Hoeven and Cramer – you can begin the healing by issuing unequivocal statements that Joe Biden won the presidency in a free and fair election and that anyone who tells you otherwise is simply not telling the truth. If you cannot make that affirmative statement, then give the people of North Dakota the evidence you have of election fraud that has not been considered and rejected by a court of law in this country. If you are unable to do either, shame on you.

You can do the right thing, or be remembered forever as cowards more concerned about your political futures than this great American democracy.

Heidi Heitkamp represented North Dakota in the U.S. Senate from 2013 to 2019.

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