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More Non-Governance: Unmasked Noem Campaigns for Creep in Wisconsin, Brags About National Mammal

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:

Gov. Kristi Noem at private fundraiser for Donald Trump in Shorewood, MN, 2020.09.30; photo from Trump Victory Finance Committee chief of staff Sergio Gor, Instagram, obtained by St. Paul Pioneer Press, 2020.10.02.
Gov. Kristi Noem at private fundraiser for Donald Trump in Shorewood, MN, 2020.09.30; photo from Trump Victory Finance Committee chief of staff Sergio Gor, Instagram, obtained by St. Paul Pioneer Press, 2020.10.02.
Derrick Van Orden, photo with maskless Kristi Noem and other Republican supporters at indoor Wisconsin campaign event, Twitter, 2020.10.01.
Derrick Van Orden, photo with maskless Kristi Noem and other Republican supporters at indoor Wisconsin campaign event, Twitter, 2020.10.01.

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!


  1. james 2020-10-03 08:06

    Is that Corey Lewandowski in the back row? One has to wonder why he is paying so much attention to our governor. Is she really thinking seriously about becoming a 2024 Presidential candidate? That is the only thing that makes sense to me. Especially since Trump didn’t dump Pence and put Noem in his place.

  2. mike from iowa 2020-10-03 08:12

    Noem Nothing had much help to get bison named national mammal.

    U.S. Congress Recognizes Bison as National Mammal of United States
    Apr 27, 2016 Press Release
    Senate, House Approve National Bison Legacy Act to Recognize Historical, Cultural and Economic Significance of Bison
    WASHINGTON – Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Representatives José Serrano (D-N.Y.), Wm. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.), and Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) today announced that both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives have now approved legislation to name the bison as the National Mammal of the United States.

    From Serrano’s press release.;

  3. Ray Tysdal 2020-10-03 08:43

    Kristi treats South Dakota as a fly-over state.

  4. 96Tears 2020-10-03 09:00

    Hubris. Thy name is COVID Kristi.

    Our reckless, rotten governor is heading to a bad fall, just like Trump. Let’s hang on to her travelogue pics from her power trip and stick her with them when she runs for re-election.

    She is a horrible example to young women, and not just because of her own twisted political views.

  5. Jenny 2020-10-03 09:19

    Krusty Kristi doesn’t care about South Dakotans, just likes using the picturesque places of the state for photo ops for her national name recognition. She will try to run like Michele Bachmann did, but people will figure her out as a far-right loon once she starts yapping. Is the SD Governor ever home to do her job? Krusty needs to go home and get a Covid test done immediately. She needs to start wearing a mask also, she could get a real stylish, fashionable mask to make her feel better about it if she is so against having to do it.

  6. Donald Pay 2020-10-03 09:30

    Noem wasted her effort in Wisconsin. That Congressional district in Wisconsin is not likely to swing from a moderate to a fire-breathing idiot. Moderate Democrat Ron Kind currently holds that seat, but it has been held by moderate Republicans. I suppose Noem was there because the woman vote for the sex harraser has to be in the dumpster.

    I wonder if Noem got a peak at his scrotum.

  7. mike from iowa 2020-10-03 11:40

    Wisconsin tool Sinator RonJon has gots the covid.

  8. leslie 2020-10-03 12:58

    Great article by SD News Watch* about Dusty and Kristi’s crucial collaboration to enhance SD economics during this pandemic.

    National Mammal. Bison hunt. Special billionaire trust competition!! The Onion, July 3

    Instead of policing Smithfield’s Chinese billionaire (encouraged to launder money in Sioux Falls trust industry?);

    ‘The second version of the report also changes the word “slaughtering” of animals in the first version to “harvesting” of animals in the second version. [Republican tender snowflakes no doubt]

    The first version of the Smithfield report was reviewed and approved for publication by two separate CDC task forces; it was obtained by News Watch* through the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee.

    Inquiries about the two Smithfield reports have intensified as members of that committee and others have interviewed federal officials about COVID-19 and industry, and have asked follow-up questions about the Smithfield reports.

    U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., is a member of that committee; a spokesperson for Johnson said on Oct. 1 that he was NOT AWARE of the two versions of the CDC report or any language changes being made.’ (Emphasis added)

    Instead of policing Smithfield Kristi and successor Dusty was likely busy misappropriating the Indian traditional mutual relationship with the bison, who incidentally fired prairies enhancing the environment. Climate crisis is destroying the western states. Medical workers are exhausted and dying. Fire suppressors are exhausted and dying. Grocery workers are exhausted and dying.

    Non essential Republicans have forgotten public service.

    In the greedy act of interfering with the official capacity of CDC during a pandemic, they have endangered every one of us.

  9. Mike Livingston 2020-10-03 14:57

    The silver lining about refusing to wear a mask is that it is mostly subscribed to by white supremacist’s and members of the grand ole party of political puppets.

  10. jerry 2020-10-03 15:05

    Those white supremacists are killing their leader. This is all on them, not Obama or Hillary, the white guys sickened and will probably kill their idol. It is what it is.

  11. jerry 2020-10-03 15:18

    Chuck Grassley refuses to take test even though he was exposed. Another old white guy that will probably just keep infecting people. Too funny for words these guys. Drive on boys, thin your ranks but leave the rest of us the hell alone.

    They all must have the same quack with that kind of advise. Paging Harold Bornstein, paging Dr. Bornstein, we need the comfort of your lies.

  12. mike from iowa 2020-10-03 16:03

    Only 7k more bodies needed for another day of 2 milestones surpassed…

    United States
    Coronavirus Cases:

  13. james 2020-10-03 16:14

    Kristi managed to increase our active Covid-19 numbers from 850 to 4,100 in a couple months. Then she tours the country to brag about it. Look at us, we haven’t run out of hospital beds yet!

    No, Kristi – the idea is to save lives and prevent illness. It’s not to drive business to hospitals and funeral homes. Five times more active cases means five times the sickness and death.

    I happen to know eight people that are newly infected, personally. And one who is now in hospice care. It is so depressing.

    All of this so the governor can brag about doing “everything wrong”.

  14. leslie 2020-10-03 21:26

    Cappuci waco leading DHS since april has no experience and CDC FDA OSHA and DHS have been nuetered during the election run up.

    Noem is standing in the wings after her Smithfield “intense involvement” now hiding behind the compromised CDC. This is a criminal cover up. Democrats are investigating via Dusty’s committee.

    Alhers should attack Rounds on complicity of our congressional axis+Kristi!!

  15. DaveFN 2020-10-04 00:15

    Crazy that those who are the first to decry evolution are among the first to think that nature should take its course during a global pandemic.

  16. Debbo 2020-10-04 01:02

    Only the cruelest and most narcissistic or fearful and gutless populate today’s elected GOP.

  17. james 2020-10-04 08:00

    From the start, medical experts warned that exceeding hospital capacity was a worst-case scenario. Kristi Noem thinks it’s the threshold for success.

  18. jerry 2020-10-04 08:17

    DaveFn, Ms. Debbo and james, what a way to start a Sunday morning with the truth, well done.

  19. leslie 2020-10-04 13:49

    RAGA Republican AG assn wields extraordinary horsepower in public paid lawyers fees. Estimated at 100 lawyers per state (way larger than any private firm in SD) they easily take on major litigation otherwise unaffordable FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY-at public expense!!

    Texas like SD of 25 states has an incompetent Republican AG. (Ravnsborg’s bio doesn’t mention his wrongful death of a pedestrian)

    Texas’ bio says:

    (750 LAWYERS-horsepower to move mountains, FOR THE GOP!!)

    As the Texas top law enforcement officer, Attorney General Paxton leads more than 4,000 employees in 38 divisions and 117 offices around Texas. That includes nearly 750 attorneys, who handle more than 30,000 cases annually….

    But the bio doesn’t say:

    Tony Plohetski
    · 18h
    NEW: This is the letter sent by 7 top aides to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton alleging the state’s top lawyer has committed multiple criminal violations. @statesman @KVUE.

    THE DAMAGE TEXAS’ office has wreaked:

    Attorney General Paxton has won major cases for Texas on immigration, school rights, Environmental Protect Agency rules and religious freedom. Stopping the EPA’s “Regional Haze” rule averted higher energy rates for Texans. Businesses were protected and jobs preserved in Texas when Attorney General Paxton prevailed against the Department of Labor’s “Overtime” rule. Attorney General Paxton led a successful multistate coalition against the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, which would have increased consumer prices for electricity and weakened the power grid in Texas.

    We must unseat Corrupt Republican politicians at every election.

  20. leslie 2020-10-04 21:03

    Lack of accountability for corrupt acts is the signature of the Republican party in power. The military and militias from the Texas Rangers to the Proud Boys were/are instruments of terror. Law Enforcement systems have been compromised or directly corrupt as well. Reparations must begin.

    This story is found in every ethnic massacre that has occurred since stolen land became the government sanctioned goal in 1492, in 1787, in 1855, in 1861-65, in 1876, 1877, 1890 and as late as 1918.

    Since then Black Lives Matter has become the most recent strongest reaction to Republican corruption. Trump was raised by a wealthy racist corrupt father who cared less about Hitler’s racist genocide than about accumulating wealth by any means, who planted the seeds for the remarkable disintegration of the foundations of our democracy his son ignorantly threatens today. A third of our population, white, largely uneducated, shares much of Trump legacy of hatred and fear of demographic change that billionaires Koch Industries, Robert Mercer, Larry Ellison, Rupert Murdoch and other Davos octogenarians with financial political power cling to.

  21. grudznick 2020-10-04 21:13

    Ms. Leslie, grudznick does not think that Mr. Mercer, one of the few true journalists in South Dakota, is a billionaire worth of your or my disdain. He is a fellow who makes some pretty swell TV here and again.

  22. leslie 2020-10-05 00:01

    Turn off Fox and join reality. Your deception does not deserve a response. How do you think yacht bound Bannon was arrested? Baaaaa

    Stop wasting people’s time.

  23. leslie 2020-10-06 06:03

    Couple things on leadership:

    Howard Stern compares Trump Rose Garden event to Jonestown

    Wish Howard knew our Governor

    Speaking of her, this litany of red neck governors in a SD STANDARD comment his spot on. So is Tim Giago’s deserved critique of RC top cop Mayor Allender, a nice guy but a Mobridge (i think) red neck, still, whose words matter but is evidently not smart enough to understand. Debbo is as always on top of the truth as a worthiest liberal advocate here.

    John Thune’s dad, for all he did making it a century, didn’t learn the truth evidently, his son manifesting all that is wrong with Murdo.

    Clyde, i’ve no idea, still, where u r coming from yet pls advise MY problem; but i dont have time to watch your 20 minute video without some cause. How about “@18:00” or wherever the POINT is? Use a pencil.

    What democratic treasures these folks are :). Hold of for 30 more days good people.


  24. leslie 2020-10-06 06:51

    Hold ON!

  25. bearcreekbat 2020-10-06 09:44

    leslie, uplifting tune, thanks!

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