While South Dakota’s self-proclaimed “#1 Political Website” has thus far responded to the triumph of Trumpism with stunned silence, Rep. Kristi Noem and Senator Mike Rounds have officially surrendered their moral authority:
“I don’t always agree with Mr. Trump, but he is the presumptive nominee of our party and I will support him, because I believe in our vision for smaller government, a system that genuinely respects taxpayers, and greater freedom for all,” Noem said Wednesday. “Hillary Clinton doesn’t stand for those values, making it imperative that we don’t elect her as our next President.”
Rounds’ camp was less stark in its support of Trump, but a spokesperson for Rounds said he will support whoever earns the Republican nomination.
“Senator Rounds fully intends to support the Republican candidate for President of the United States,” said Katie Douglas, press secretary for Sen. Rounds [Evan Hendershot, “After Cruz, Kasich Suspend Campaigns, Noem, Rounds Offer Trump Support,” Mitchell Daily Republic, 2016.05.04].
Senator Rounds has already made his craven absence of principle clear, calling Trump normal and reasonable. Rep. Noem now joins him, completing her journey from saying Trump was not her type of Republican to saluting her party’s new leader.
Maybe this will all blow over for Senator Rounds by 2020. But Rep. Noem faces reëlection this year, and her endorsement of Donald Trump now opens the door wide for Democratic challenger State Rep. Paula Hawks to beat Noem round the pate every day for cleaving to the man who is at best Wendell Wilkie, but more likely Benito Mussolini.
Bonus Video: Hillary Clinton shows Democrats how to campaign against Trumpism—let Republicans do it for them:
“President Trump” is a dangerous proposition.
Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio agree.https://t.co/fUkISvgaXC
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 4, 2016