Even though part-time Governor Kristi Noem happily uses government to force behavior of her preferred kind on doctors, pregnant women, transgender athletes, and taxpayers (who have to support bribes for and stop passing local regulations against the party/family business of concentrated animal feeding operations), she insists on Twitter that “We should not be in the business of forcing behavior of any kind on to the people.” But her libertarian tweet carries a disturbingly insurrectionist image:
I know: the right-wing Washington Times chose the illustration for Noem’s little essay, not Noem herself. But when we are working to bring to justice hundreds of terrorists who vandalized the United States Capitol, attacked Capitol police and democracy, and threatened to kill members of Congress and the Vice-President of the United States, do you really want to spread images of your party taking a sledgehammer to the United States Capitol?
Noem has enough trouble expressing consistent conservative values. She also seems to have trouble recognizing that, as she seeks national attention, she has to be careful not to send messages that affirm the violent impulses that the worst of her base mistake for “conservative principles.”