Hypocrisy is defined as “behavior that contradicts what one claims to believe or feel” and has always been one trait that elected officials from both major political parties have shared equally.

But since 2016 the hypocrisy pendulum has been securely with the Republicans.

When a Supreme Court vacancy occurred in February 2016 the GOP refused to fill it, claiming the winner of the November presidential election should. But in 2020 they had no problem filling a Supreme Court vacancy less than two months before the presidential election.

During the 2016 Republican presidential campaign, candidate Lindsey Graham called candidate Donald Trump a “race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot” and “unfit for office”. Now, Graham is one of Trump’s staunchest defenders and claims it is “impossible” for the GOP to go forward without him.

In 2016, the GOP had no problem believing their candidate won the presidency by winning Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania by less than 80,000 votes while losing the popular vote by almost three million.

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But when their candidate lost the 2020 election by 7 million votes and Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania by more than 250,000 votes, they pushed the “big lie” that the election was stolen because of voter fraud.

The GOP claims to be the party of law and order, who support the police. Yet after the January 6th attack on the Capital where more than 100 police officers were injured and six people eventually died, they voted against a Watergate-type commission to investigate how and why the attack happened.

The GOP claims they are against the federal government telling states what they can and cannot do. Yet they have no problem with governors of those states telling city mayors and school boards they can’t enact mask or vaccine mandates.

The GOP claims to be for individual freedom, where individuals make their own decisions on whether to get vaccinated or wear a mask without government intervention. Yet they have no problem passing state laws telling a woman what medical procedures she can and cannot have.

Hypocrisy will continue until the voters decide they have had enough.

Lynn Rahn

Willmar