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Noem Spends Weekend with Wealthy Florida Socialite on Pierre Tarmac, Radical Election/Mask Denier in DC

Governor Kristi Noem didn’t stiff Saturday’s Trump ralliers in Washington, D.C., because she was busy governing. Heavens forfend! Noem skipped that racist melee for a more deeply Trumpy exercise: after mucking about in her camos Friday shooting birds with Arkansas’s lieutenant governor, Kristi palled around with fellow beauty queen and Florida socialite Jackie Siegel:

Jackie Siegel, Instagram, 2020.12.12; screen cap by Arielle Zionts, posted to Twitter, 2020.12.12.
Jackie Siegel, Instagram, 2020.12.12; screen cap by Arielle Zionts, posted to Twitter, 2020.12.12.

Three months ago, Kristi took the best campaign photo ever. 2022 challengers, Jackie Siegel just handed you the worst: amidst a pandemic, chumming with a wealthy celebrity on her private plane. Ah, the cluelessness….

Siegel says she visited Saturday to talk to our Governor (in Pierre, apparently, on the tarmac, in an enclosed space, mot socially distanced, with no masks) about bringing her anti-opioid campaign to South Dakota… because, you know, South Dakota has one grieving quasi-celebrity mom of its own working on that problem, but Kristi won’t talk to that local mom.

But after getting her glam on, the Governor jetted off to Washington after all, with her family in tow, to give Breitbart an exclusive: letting them watch her accept a “Mother of Influence” award from Trumpist Christmas crusaders Moms for America at Sunday prayer breakfast with pillow/conspriacy-hawker Mike Lindell:

Moms for America, Prayer Breakfast with Kristi Noem and Mike Lindell, flyer, retrieved 2020.12.13.
Moms for America, Prayer Breakfast with Kristi Noem and Mike Lindell, flyer, retrieved 2020.12.13.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem was in Washington, DC,  this past weekend with her husband, son, two daughters, and son-in-law, but the trip wasn’t related to politics or tourism. Noem was in town to accept Moms for America’s Mother of Influence award.

Kimberly Fletcher, founder and president of the non-profit, pro-family Christian organization cited Noem’s leadership in 2020 as the country faced the coronavirus pandemic.

…Fletcher — and Noem — also praised Noem’s husband, Bryon, who has supported his wife’s political career in the South Dakota state legislature, the U.S. Congress, and as the first woman to head the state while raising two daughters, Kennedy and Kassidy, and a son, Booker.

“You know that man has to be awesome because she can’t do what she does without him,” Fletcher said [Penny Starr, “Moms for America Gives S.D. Gov. Kristi Noem Its ‘Mother of Influence’ Award,” Breitbart, 2020.12.13].

As a gauge of her reliability, MFA boss Fletcher denies not only the reality of President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory in November but also the effectiveness of masks in preventing the spread of disease:

Kimberly Fletcher, tweet, 2020.11.29.
Kimberly Fletcher, tweet, 2020.11.29.

Seeing the Supreme Court reject the Trumpist effort to steal the election, Moms for America spent Saturday appealing to the Supreme Being to steal the election. So of course they would spend Sunday honoring two fellow icons of the effort to destroy democracy and the Constitution. (Watch: Noem will come out today and say that her standing down as a Trump elector is an act of protest against a rigged election.) Such are the kinds of people who think Kristi Noem is a great influence.

Now if someone could just influence Kristi to do her job….


  1. John Dale 2020-12-14 07:54

    If we legalize cannabis, it will save more lives than any masks.

    Masks science indicates they don’t work .. for physical health.

    For some reason, they do seem to sooth the controlling tendencies of psychopaths (when others wear them).

  2. John Dale 2020-12-14 07:59

    “radical” election/masks denier?

    It’s not radical to advocate for the truth. It’s also not radical to advocate for a point of view, even if it is absurd, so this post is not radical in my view.

    The truth is, Dominion voting machines and other tactics were used on a wide scale to tilt the election. The mask frenzy was concocted for many reasons, but two important ones are to hide identity of looters and to force the mail-in ballot issue. Unfortunately, the deep state needed to overcome more than a million votes, so the fraud was obvious and sloppy.

  3. o 2020-12-14 08:36

    My dear Mr. Dale, isn’t it just awful when the citizens who CAN vote in an election actually do?

    Fortunately in display of clarity, SD voters DID legalize marijuana. Even more remarkable is the fact that we can legalize marijuana AND wear masks. Those are not mutually exclusive as you imply. In fact, we can wear masks, legalize marijuana, AND recognize the proper and fair election of President-Elect Biden. Heck, there is probably a whole list of good things we (well, many of us) can do at once should we put a bit of effort into it.

    When one makes a claim of fact, ie “Masks science indicate they do not work,” one ought to site the source for that information. Denying objective fact is not radical; I agree — it is childish and foolish.

    I for one have felt the “psychopathic” tendency when seeing maskless citizens endanger the health and safety of others because of the reckless showboating of the MAGA/Conservative/Right/GOP. I choose in that moment to not spin into that same selfishness but instead keep wearing my mask to help ensure the safety of others — even those others who choose to do not — even in smallest way — act to work to help ensure the safety of others. I also hope that these maskless followers have the opportunity for the same health care their leaders received when they contracted and spread the CORONA to their bubble.

    Stay out there fighting those “giants”; don’t listen to us in the real world who tell you they are windmills.

  4. Dicta 2020-12-14 09:02

    “The truth is, Dominion voting machines and other tactics were used on a wide scale to tilt the election.”

    At some point, one of you idiots might want to prove that.

  5. mike from iowa 2020-12-14 09:33

    John Dale seems to be imbibing and enjoying too much drumpf whine. drumpf whines, made from vintage conspiracies are rated 0 proof for complete lack of alcohol or candor.

  6. jerry 2020-12-14 10:06

    John Dale is a troll, a poor one, but a troll just the same. With the intelligence of a gnat, he shows his chops about voting machines no less. What a poor, misguided, ignorant troll.

  7. Jenny 2020-12-14 10:22

    Cory, why can’t South Dakota taxpayers see receipts of all the trips they have paid for Kristi’s jetting around? Mandatory Open Records Law should be the next referendum South Dakotans vote on.

  8. jerry 2020-12-14 11:06

    There is no oversite on what GNOem is doing. That is the beauty of a one party system, you can hide the corrupt taking and spending in plain sight. No checks and balances, only crooks and liars that get appointed every election cycle with the only credential they need, the ability to look the other way.

  9. Owen 2020-12-14 12:16

    I remember when George McGovern and Tom Daschle were vilified for raising their stock to the national level. They were criticized by Republicans here in South Dakota for putting the country first over South Dakota. That they didn’t care about our state.
    Where in the hell are those Republicans now? Noem has taken this to a higher level than McGovern of Daschle did. What makes it worse his her nonresponse to the pandemic. I want to see those same Republicans criticize her for doing the same thing. If not, they’re hypocrites.

  10. Joe 2020-12-14 12:40

    John Dale’s name here is a hyperlink to his “business”. There’s a link there to his resume. It’s all very entertaining, in a way.

  11. chris 2020-12-14 12:44

    I hope Kristi remembers to remind all of these wealthy trumpioids to move their monies into SD trusts.

  12. buckobear 2020-12-14 13:22

    Gosh, golly. Didn’t the real “queen of Versailles” (“Let them eat cake…”) get a short haircut?

  13. Mark Anderson 2020-12-14 13:53

    Oh Johnny. Would you like to bet? Just a few hundred, I could use some Chistmas cash. Happy holidays

  14. Newton 2020-12-14 15:00

    It is unfortunate what happened to Ms. Siegel’s daughter. However, if you check out her “foundation’s” 2018 IRS 990 Tax Return (The Victoria Siegel Foundation)- the “foundation” gave no grants or funding to anyone, nor did they use any of their assets for programming, etc. The only expenses were for travel for the officers (presumably) and some mandatory reporting costs. So why would a Florida socialite stop in Pierre and how did she get special access to the governor? Something smells fishy here.

  15. DaveFN 2020-12-14 15:02

    28 opioid fatalities in South Dakota in 2018 according to NIDA. Too many.

    1,259 deaths from COVID in South Dakota as of today. 45X the too many of the above.

    If Noem is looking for a cause why isn’t she “as a mom and Governor passionate about preventing senseless deaths” from this viral epidemic in her own state?

  16. mike livingston 2020-12-14 17:42

    John Dale and Donald Trump two like minded LOSERS not unlike the two bimbos on de plane.

  17. Whitless 2020-12-14 20:24

    The two weekend events described in Cory’s post illustrates that Kristi’s focus is: “Life is all about me.” Her photo-op aboard Jackie Siegel’s luxury jet exemplifies Kristi’s disconnect with average South Dakotans. Siegel most likely didn’t come to see Kristi because of the “Meth We’re On It” campaign. Instead, she and her husband, David Siegel, are major Republican donors and Trump supporters. Following Trump’s election, real estate mogul David Siegel quipped, that, “It’s the greatest thing that happened to me since I discovered sex.” Kristi’s gal pal, Jackie, stated that she had gone on a few dates with Trump.

    As for Kristi’s “Mother’s of Influence Award,” this appears to be the creation of Kimberly Fletcher of Omaha who seeks to be a conservative influencer of women. Her political advocacy is made through a small 501(c)(3), described as non-profit Christian organization. Kristi’s award and the award given to shredded-foam, pillow-peddler Mike Lindell occurred at a prayer breakfast, whose attendance was limited to ten people. Was this small potatoes event worthy of coverage by Breitbart? No, but it is consistent with the smoke and mirrors world of Kristi Noem.

  18. T 2020-12-14 20:44

    The real queen foundation appears relatively new. And the attorneys that filed her business is greenspoon llc. Look who appears, rich Epstein. He was the one if u recall down played the projected rates of coronavirus w drumpster back in March or april, and has no medical degree. ……what a inner circle all this appears to be….

  19. Loren 2020-12-15 10:00

    Interesting article in the RC Journal on Kristi’s travels of late, rodeo in TX, campaigning in GA, duck hunting in Arkansas, partying in D.C. after no-show to vote for trump, personal tour of the White House (dream on, Kristi), not to mention the really kool tarmac meeting with the “socialite.” (I think she may be scoping out that private jet for the SD fleet, something beauty queens require.) Not only that, but she got to take the kids. No need to hide the use (over-use) of perks. This is SD! @#%^&*!

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