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South Dakota governor says she won’t fall in line with Trump’s demand to primary Senator John Thune

South Dakota governor says she won’t fall in line with Donald Trump’s demand to primary Senator John Thune who said president’s demand Congress overturn election will ‘go down like a shot dog’

  • South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem said Tuesday night that she will not be backing the effort to primary Majority Whip John Thune in his 2022 reelection
  • Noem, a Trump ally, said she plans to continue serving as governor of South Dakota, claiming she would not be the one to challenge the state’s seantor
  • Her comments came after President Trump said Thune ‘will be primaried in 2022’ – suggesting another Republican will beat him in his primary election 
  • Trump’s attack came after Thune said efforts by House Republicans to reject Electoral College votes on January 6 will ‘go down like a shot dog’ in the Senate 

Kristi Noem said Tuesday she would not cooperate with Donald Trump‘s plan to run a Republican against Senator John Thune in his 2022 primary election to try and boot him from office after the Majority Whip denounced the president’s bid to overturn the election.

‘@johnthune is a friend of mine, and I will not be challenging him,’ the South Dakota Governor, a Trump defender and ally, tweeted late Tuesday night. ‘I’m honored to be Governor of South Dakota and will ask the people to give me an opportunity to continue serving them as Governor in 2022.’

President Trump, on Tuesday, called for Republicans to primary Thune, the second ranking Republican in the Senate.

‘Republicans in the Senate so quickly forget,’ Trump tweeted Tuesday evening. ‘Right now they would be down 8 seats without my backing them in the last Election. RINO John Thune, ‘Mitch’s boy’, should just let it play out. South Dakota doesn’t like weakness.’

‘He will be primaried in 2022, political career over!!!’ Trump said of the senator.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem said Tuesday night that she will not be backing the effort to primary Majority Whip John Thune in his 2022 reelection

Noem, a Trump ally, said she plans to continue serving as governor of South Dakota, claiming she would not be the one to challenge Thune

Noem, a Trump ally, said she plans to continue serving as governor of South Dakota, claiming she would not be the one to challenge Thune 

Her comments came after President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Thune 'will be primaried in 2022' – suggesting another Republican will beat him in his primary election

Her comments came after President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Thune ‘will be primaried in 2022’ – suggesting another Republican will beat him in his primary election

Trump's attack on Thune (pictured here with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell) came after the South Dakota senator said Monday that the effort by House Republicans to reject Electoral College votes on January 6 will 'go down like a shot dog' in the Senate

Trump’s attack on Thune (pictured here with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell) came after the South Dakota senator said Monday that the effort by House Republicans to reject Electoral College votes on January 6 will ‘go down like a shot dog’ in the Senate

The Majority Whip is up for reelection in 2022 in the deeply red South Dakota, where Noem serves as governor.

There is almost no way the seat would flip blue, but Trump suggests Thune will be defeated by a Republican challenger in the 2022 primary election.

The comments from Noem came after Thune said the effort by a handful of House Republicans to challenge the results of the Electoral College votes will ‘go down like a shot dog.’

‘The thing they’ve got to remember is, it’s just not going anywhere. I mean, in the Senate it would go down like a shot dog,’ Thune told reporters Monday. ‘And I just don’t think it makes a lot of sense to put everybody through this when you know what the ultimate outcome is going to be.’

Noem said she won’t be the one to challenge Thune, claiming she wants to remain governor of the state.

House Republicans, led by Alabama Representative Mo Brooks, are planning to launch an official challenge to electors’ votes in five swing states that went blue in the 2020 presidential election when Congress moves to certify Joe Biden’s victory on January 6.

The lower chamber would need at least one Senator to jump on board with the plan to force deliberations and possible vote on overturning the results in respective states.

Brooks, however, has acknowledged the effort will most surely fail and is more a symbolic protest.

No senator so far has said they plan to join the effort, and several, including House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have urged their GOP colleagues not to challenge the results for the sake of the party.

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