Senator John Thune, Governor Dennis Daugaard, and Lt. Gov. Matt Michels have all called for the man they nominated for President, Donald Trump, to drop out of the Presidential race. Rep. Kristi Noem said of Trump’s endorsement of sexual assault, “No one should ever talk about a woman – another person for that matter – in the repulsive way that Donald Trump did. Period.” That “Period” seems to indicate Rep. Noem doesn’t think she needs to say anything else, like, “I withdraw my endorsement of Donald Trump.” Senator Mike Rounds, who has had particular trouble speaking truth to the rise of fascist power, opened with a weaselly statement about agreeing with Trump’s goals but disagreeing with some of Trump’s words. Rounds gets bonus points for using Hillary Clinton’s word “deplorable,” but he still hasn’t joined those calling for Trump to withdraw.
South Dakota Democratic Vice-Chair Joe Lowe, who has reminded us regularly that Trump is unfit for office, says Noem and Rounds need to make that call, a call that should have been obvious to Republicans long before Friday’s bombshell video release:
OK, Mike and Kristi—Still support Trump?
Today more than 17 elected GOP officials denounced Donald Trump. In addition, 19 former GOP officials and appointees came out against Trump. Two of those elected officials were from our state. They were Governor Dennis Daugaard and Senator John Thune.
It would appear that the GOP is in crisis and Donald Trump’s vulgar, disgusting, and shocking comments about women are the cause. I do not understand why the GOP did not see the all signs that this narcissistic, misogynistic, and thin-skinned individual is unfit for highest office in this land. He said he is smart for not paying taxes, has gone bankrupt six times, and has had 24 violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. He touts he will be the champion of middle class, yet the Donald J Trump Collection is made overseas and he used steel from China to build his buildings. His former lawyer Patrick McGahn even thinks he is a habitual liar. The list goes on. Donald Trump has always been a one-man wrecking ball.
So I call on Senator Rounds and Congresswomen Noem to denounce Donald Trump for President of the United States. You have said that you would bring a dose of South Dakota values to Congress. Trump does not represent our state’s values. So join the Governor and Senator Thune and denounce Trump. His values do not represent the values of those who sent you to Washington [Joe Lowe, statement to Dakota Free Press, 2016.10.08].
Rep. Paula Hawks shares Lowe’s dissatisfaction with Rep. Noem’s pronouncement today on Trump.
We have called upon Representative Noem to disavow Donald Trump several times this campaign. She has refused. Nothing has changed about Donald Trump’s behavior. The only thing that’s changed now are the poll numbers. Frankly, even if Noem were to repudiate Trump, it would show Noem’s true colors. It has never been about electing the best nominee to lead the country. Her choice has been dictated by party loyalty above all else. Party loyalty might get you a seat on fancy committees in Washington D.C., but it also risks electing a racist misogynistic scumbag who literally endangers the fabric of democracy [Rep. Paula Hawks, press release, 2016.10.08].
Wait, wait, play that again: Rep. Paula Hawks, Democratic candidate for U.S. House, just used the words racist misogynist scumbag in a press release. Let that sink in.
O.K., on with the rest of Rep. Hawks’s statement, in which she makes clear why her disgust is justified and why the absence of Noem’s disgust is not:
This is a question about judgement. For me, it was enough to reject Trump when he called women dogs, when he called women pigs, when he told women they looked better on their knees. Is there really anything different about Trump’s recent statements other than the disgusting nature in which he brags about sexually assaulting women? These aren’t South Dakota values. As I said earlier this year, excusing Trump’s behavior by pointing to something you are against isn’t leadership. I’d appreciate hearing what about Secretary Clinton’s agenda is more offensive or disappointing than electing a racist to the Presidency of the United States. People can have reasonable disagreements about tax policy. Those disagreements shouldn’t be equated with using fame to sexually assault women. I urge Kristi Noem to reject Donald Trump and explain in great detail what she actually supported about Trump in the first place. We deserve an answer [Hawks, 2016.10.08].
Senator Thune, Governor Daugaard, Lt. Gov. Michels, why did it take you this long to repudiate Donald Trump as your nominee? Rep. Noem, Senator Rounds, why is it taking you longer?