‘We need leaders with grit’: South Dakota Gov Kristi Noem attacks fellow GOP governors who enacted COVID mandates, accusing them of ‘rewriting history’
- South Dakota, Kristi Noem, has questioned the ‘grit and instinct’ fellow GOP governors who brought in Covid-19 measures during the pandemic
- Speaking at the CPAC conference in Dallas, Noem, crowed how she never forced a ‘single business’ to close nor forced state residents to wear masks
- She also accused Republican governors of ‘rewriting history’ by ignoring the fact they shut down states for a period of time
- Noem, a loyal supporter of former President Trump, claims not to be not at all focused on a possible bid for the White House in 2024
The Governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, has questioned the ‘grit and instinct’ fellow GOP governors who brought in Covid-19 measures including the enforced wearing of masks and the closure of businesses during the pandemic.
Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Noem suggested that some Republican governors were ‘rewriting history’ ignoring the fact they shut down states for a period of time.
‘We’ve got Republican governors across this country pretending they didn’t shut down their states; that they didn’t close their regions; that they didn’t mandate masks,’ said Noem.
South Dakota, Kristi Noem, has questioned the ‘grit and instinct’ fellow GOP governors who brought in Covid-19 measures during the pandemic
‘Now I’m not picking fights with Republican governors. All I’m saying is that we need leaders with grit. That their first instinct is the right instinct,’ she continued.
‘Demand honesty from your leaders and make sure that every one of them is willing to make the tough decisions. South Dakota did not do any of those measures. We didn’t mandate. We trusted our people and it told them that personal responsibility was the best answer.’
Noem took a moment to note how she never forced a ‘single business’ to close attempting to draw a comparison to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Texas Governor Greg Abbott who were more restrictive in their approaches.
South Dakota’s population is 880,000 compared with Florida’s 21.4 million and Texas at 29 million people.
Even at points throughout the last year when cases appeared to surge in South Dakota, Noem refused to mandate masks nor introduce any precautions that other state governors had introduced in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Noem explained her ‘success’ by simply swiftly identifying and isolating cases.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis puts his mask on during a press conference on the surge of coronavirus Covid-19 cases in Florida held last July
Texas Governor Greg Abbott also had to introduce COVID-19 restrictions across Texas
Many states brought in COVID-19 restrictions including the forced closure of businesses and even beaches
Writing in the Rapid City Journal last year, Noem stated how she rejected ‘mandatory masking’ noting that some questioned the effectiveness of masks and asked for each family to make ‘informed decisions for themselves.’
‘As I’ve said before, if folks want to wear a mask, they should be free to do so,’ she wrote. ‘Similarly, those who don’t want to wear a mask shouldn’t be shamed into wearing one. And government should not mandate it.’
South Dakota’s current statistics put it at 10th out of the 50 states with a rate of 230 deaths per 100,000 people, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
The level is far lower than when the state ranked third with 14,090 cases per 100,000 of population.
Speaking at the CPAC conference in Dallas, Noem, crowed how she never forced a ‘single business’ to close nor forced state residents to wear masks
Noem, a loyal supporter of former President Trump, claims not to be not at all focused on a possible bid for the White House in 2024
Noem, who is known for her fierce loyalty towards former President Trump, was greeted with a standing ovation at the CPAC conference on Sunday.
He campaigned aggressively to help re-elect him and said that she hopes he runs again in 2024.
‘I think he’d be fantastic. He gets up every day and he fights for this country,’ Noem said. ‘Most people when they watched what he and his family went through would be exhausted and quit, out of discouragement. And the fact that he’s still fighting is inspirational to me.’
Noem claims not to be at all focused on her own bid for the White House in a few years time.
‘I love South Dakota and I worked to come home to South Dakota, so I could be there and be with my people and ride horses for the rest of my life and be perfectly happy,’ Noem remarked.