Tony Kendall

I’ve got a question that’s going to require a telepathic show of hands. 

In light of how Republicans across this nation have almost unanimously backed and parroted Donald Trump’s false accusations that the election that he overwhelmingly lost was fraudulent — does anyone still not believe that the Republican Party is nothing more than a subsidiary of the Trump Crime Organization and not an independent political party?

As much as I despise these men and some women on the right politically, to see them further violate their oath to follow, uphold, protect and carry out the laws defined by and in our Constitution, cuts me to my red white, blue, black and green core.

Think about it, or ask a really “woke” black person.

Based on how for the last four years, they have turned their backs on many long-held conservative Republican positions, it really didn’t’ surprise me that “Moscow” Mitch McConnell, “Kremlin” Kevin McCarthy along with “Lapdog” Lindsey Graham immediately pledged fealty to a wanna-be authoritarian with no set moral or political foundation.

I expected for Trump and the minions in his administration to make these kinds of outrageous claims that if he lost, it would be because of massive voter fraud.

For months, just as he did in the run up to the 2016 election, he has been saying that if he lost to Joe Biden, it would be because of all the fraudulent voting.

What I didn’t expect to see was this many Republicans, who know better, peddling falsehoods and misinformation like banana republic lackeys.

I also didn’t expect to see them running over each other to get at the head of the line to disparage, discount and dismiss one of the fundamental elements of our democracy, the voting process, while praising Der Leader.

In the future, forget asking them to raise their right hand and put the other one on a Bible and swear an oath to the Constitution — just hand them a copy of Trump’s “Art of the Deal” and be done with it.

Their actions have proved that their allegiance is not to “my country ‘tis of thee” — it’s to their onerous losing lord and master.  

Watching so many members of the Republican Party question the validity of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of votes around the nation does advance a point I’ve been making about them for years — Republicans aren’t interested in governing in a two-party constitutional republic.

Like their Der Leader, they would rather this nation become a white mostly male dominated one-party authoritative country.

Normally I enjoy being right and saying I told you so, but watching as Donald Trump and his supine sycophantic minions destroy one the things that makes this nation special hurts.

For years our ability to hold somewhat free and mostly fair national elections, then witness 44 peaceful transfers of power from one man to another (before I die or stop writing this column, I hope to be able to substitute the word person for man), made us the envy of the world to friend and foe alike.

Now Trump and the crew have given up more of the high ground we once occupied on the world stage.

From the Bottom, where I see things, it’s going to take all of us 75 million people of goodwill to help Joe Biden and Kamala Harris get the lights up and running once again in  the shining city on the hill that we once might have been.

I hope the great 3,500 here in Henry County work hard in trying to turn on a few lights here.

One of the other things I enjoy pointing out about Republicans is their hypocritical nature.

As we have seen, they will say one thing or have one set of rules in place when they have the upper hand, then change those very same rules or say something totally different when the other side gains an edge.

That’s just who they are.

Here were some of the Fox-infused Republican talking points from hotly contested races from the 2018 midterm election that Democrats lost in Georgia and Florida due to voter suppression measures chiefly targeting black and brown voters:

• emocrats are being sore losers — they cry malfeasance, they refuse to acknowledge they lost the elections, they cry wrongdoing, criminality and fraud.

• emocrats, more so than Republicans, seem to have a problem conceding defeat. Either the election system broke down or some mystery votes are hiding somewhere.

• emocrats say if our candidate doesn’t win, they stole the election.

• emocrats just want to make America suffer.

• emocrats are refusing to accept the declared results of the national media about the elections.

• he radical left is attacking the sanctity of our votes.

• hat if the Republicans were refusing to concede?

• emocrats will be able to see how they may be able to steal elections thought lawsuits that they can’t win with voters.

• he Democrats are ramping up election conspiracies accusing Republicans of outright stealing the elections.

Can we say super-double standard?

Remember how anytime Democrats would remind Trumpicans that Hillary won the popular vote, they would snarkily reply, “So what? That’s not how we elect presidents in this country. We do it through the Electoral College.” Most of them having no clue exactly what it is or how it works.

I would match their snarky reply by saying that I wasn’t surprised that they supported a racist mechanism put in place to placate the slave owning states in the South.

Then they’d say, “You think everything is racist.”

I shrug my shoulders and reply, “Guilty as charged, there’s no shame in my game. I know who I am.”

That catches them off guard. I like that.

In the days since the election, all I’m hearing from Trumpicans is that he won the second most votes in presidential election history.

That causes me to muster the biggest Cheshire Cat grin I can generate, and then quote one of their good ole boy icons (if they are into NASCAR),  the late Dale Earnhardt, who famously said to a reporter after coming in second in a race early in his career, “Second place ain’t nothing but the first loser.”

I look forward to writing and saying that a lot the next four years.

I’d love to take credit for coming up with this idea, but it was my wife who, minutes after the election was declared for Joe Biden looked at me and said, “I hope millions of people get on Trump’s Twitter account and say the magic words, ‘You’re fired.’”

I was tempted to open one just for that purpose, but decided to continue to live vicariously through others.  


Go Big Red. Stomp Northeast.


Get well Bebe.


Hi, Momma Lois. 


TONY KENDALL of Hazel is a writer, teacher, actor, playwright and sports fanatic. He can be reached by email at

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