A friend forwarded me a fundraising e-mail from Kristi Noem that was so bad, so irresponsible, that I needed to take some time to determine if it was real:
Crowning a week of baldfaced bullshittery, the elected Governor of the State of South Dakota, amidst a growing and deadly pandemic, discourages citizens from adopting a simple, inexpensive personal health practice that could check that pandemic and denigrates a viable teaching and learning alternative that would make schools safer by decreasing the number of children crowded into each classroom.
I don’t know what Kristi Noem’s problem is. Maybe she’s just that ignorant. Maybe she’s just that incapable of envisioning or even accepting systemic change. Maybe she just wants to keep those hundreds of millions of dollars of federal coronavirus aid that she has not spent in her hot little hands so she can pay for grad school for her other two kids.
I don’t know what has turned Kristi Noem into the tone-deaf ditz who Monday touts all-online job training courses and Friday says online education is bad. I don’t know what has turned Kristi Noem into the lying sociopath who tells people to abandon a proven health practice that helps many and hurts no one.
But there Kristi Noem is: saying stupid things that will hurt people.
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Earlier this year, another prominent Republican, House Majority Leader Lee Qualm, preached a similar kind of anti-science hogwash, promoting a shocking and dangerous bill and offering testimony that discouraged vaccinating children. In response to Qualm’s unhealthy behavior, establishment Republicans primaried Qualm’s sorry butt right out the Legislature.
And now with 152,000 Americans killed in five months by coronavirus, Kristi Noem is saying anti-scientific things that will drive that number higher.
Republicans, if you thought Lee Qualm was worth primarying (and you were right, he was!), then it’s time for you to apply the same thinking to the far greater menace to public health and reason that is our Governor, Kristi Noem. Announce the TenHaken/Allender ticket, start fundraising now, start scaring Kristi back to safety and sanity, and make it clear to her that she has forfeited her shot at a second term in the Governor’s chair.