We don’t have money for raises for teachers and state employees, but Governor Noem has money and time to fly to Florida to speak to the extremists right wing Turning Point USA brainwashing rally for young conservatives. Noem spoke Saturday in West Palm Beach to the Teen Student Action Summit along with this roster of radicals:
Noem spoke for about sixteen minutes, starting around 1:24:00 in this video:
Among the fun lines as Governor Noem strode the stage in her rodeo t-shirt was her opening declaration: “I’m not going to talk about policies and principles that much. I’m going to talk leadership qualities that you need to have for us to really win the argument that this country is having today.” Translation: winning arguments is more important than policy and principle.
Noem spoke with sadness of the young people who follow Bernie Sanders, whose policies (she will talk about policies, just not in factual detail) “are the exact same policies that have led to the destruction of Venezuela… free stuff, somebody else to do everything for them.” At the end of her remarks, she said Senator Sanders’s policies “lead to a cloud of smoke.”
Noem milked the story of her father’s early death and repeated her exaggerated claims that the federal government threatened to take her family’s farm away by “double-taxing” them with the estate tax. (The family farm was never at risk; the estate tax Noem’s father’s estate owed was a small fraction of the seven-figure life insurance payout the family received.)
Noem exhorted the crowd of young Trumpists to develop empathy for others. This from the same stage where Donald Trump referred to the Speaker of the House as “Crazy Nancy“, referred to the former Vice-President as “Sleepy Joe,” and said Democrats “don’t believe in democracy, they can’t.”
Noem then recycled her tired trope about saying yes to things. In a subtle nod to her party’s anti-intellectualism, she said relationships are more important than education. And with a complete absence of self-awareness or shame, the former Congresswoman who voted for tax cuts for the rich told her rabid crowd not to fight for themselves but to fight for the weak and underprivileged.
Noem then walked off to sugary pop music whose first blared word was, “Baby!”
Noem didn’t mention her trip on social media last week, but she did spend Friday tweeting about her “Week of Work” initiative. Gee, maybe when she gets back from sunny Florida, she’ll put in a week of work here in South Dakota.