This article originally appeared on PoliticsWhip.
Republican congresswoman and certified bad person Claudia Tenney finally conceded defeat to Anthony Brindisi on Wednesday after the counting of absentee ballots extended her challenger’s lead in New York’s 22nd district. Not even a Trump rally could save her. In fact, it may have hurt her. A true Trumper, Tenney once said this about Democrats who didn’t clap for the president's cheap applause lines at the State of the Union: “I would say it was un-American, and they don't love our country."
For Tenney, Trump and America are one and the same. Trump feels the same way, and people in his administration who act otherwise have a habit of not being around very long. Just ask Sally Yates, James Comey, Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, Gary Cohn, Don McGahn, and a host of others who didn’t understand that in this administration, the president and the country are one; just like in any fascist state worth its salt.
In addition to being a fascist, Tenney is also your garden variety jerk. Last year she thought it relevant to point out that decades ago, Brindisi’s father had been an attorney for mob figures. Meanwhile, she noted, her late father had been a highly respected and definitely not-Italian state Supreme Court Justice:
“He fought for law and order and Anthony's father represented some of the worst criminals in our community,” Tenney said, looking at a picture of her father, during a wide-ranging interview in her D.C. office. “You have to question... some of things that have happened in his family. The voters make that decision. I'm not saying Anthony is part of any of that but that's the family you come from.”
She not saying he’s part of that, but she’s saying he’s part of that. But as Dr. Gonzo once said, even a goddamn werewolf is entitled to legal counsel.
Oh, and Claudia darling. Here's a word of advice. Don't ever talk about The Family. Ever.
Anti-Italian mafia tropes aside, there was also Tenney’s inexplicable reaction to the Parkland High School shooting which killed 17. Backed by no evidence, she said in a radio interview, "It's interesting that so many of these people that commit the mass murders end up being Democrats." Later, she yelled "Fake news!" at a reporter who questioned her about the comment.
These, I think, give you an accurate picture of Claudia Tenney. And in addition to being a fascist and a plain jerk, she’s officially a loser.