Governor Kristi Noem attended Republican campaign events Wednesday in Wisconsin and the Twin Cities. With South Dakota’s 14-day trendline for new positive cases up and four new daily records set for that count in the last nine days, Noem still refuses to wear a mask at indoor events:
By the way, the Wisconsin Republican she’s campaigning for, Derrick Van Orden, bragged about exposing another man’s genitals to two unsuspecting subordinates at work. Van Orden equates the real damage al-Qaeda did to America in 2001 with the imaginary threat posed by “antifa“. Van Orden also says mandating masks to fight coronavirus is a move toward “socialism“.
In other signs of Noem’s complete detachment from serious governing, amidst public health and economic crisis, and with the Legislature convening in Special Session Monday, South Dakota’s executive-in-chief dedicates her weekly press release to telling about the fun she had riding horsey at the Buffalo Roundup last weekend:
I recently got to enjoy one of my favorite days of the year in South Dakota, the annual Buffalo Roundup. I appreciate each and every day that I have the privilege to serve you as governor, but the day of the Buffalo Roundup is truly special. It incorporates South Dakota’s culture, heritage, outdoor spirit, and love for freedom, and it’s a heck of a lot of fun to boot.
…When I was in Congress, I led efforts to name the bison as America’s National Mammal, and we got that bill passed in 2016.
…In South Dakota, we hunt, we fish, and we care for our wildlife. We’re home to the beautiful Black Hills and the awesome Badlands, among countless other natural wonders. And we work to protect this natural beauty through responsible stewardship. But it doesn’t require a government takeover of the environment. One bright side to these last several months is that countless folks have headed back outdoors for the first time in a long while. And no event highlights South Dakota’s amazing outdoors as well as the Buffalo Roundup [Gov. Kristi Noem, weekly propaganda, 2020.10.02].
Crisis? What crisis? Ride horse, don’t govern, and for heaven’s sake, don’t ever wear a mask in public!