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Noem Tramples Thune, Rounds, Johnson in Quest for Trump Favor

Signaling her focus on self over party, Governor Kristi Noem encouraged voters to boo fellow Republicans Senator John Thune, Senator M. Michael Rounds, and Representative Dusty Johnson for not joining her in bowing down to Donald Trump:

Gov. Kristi Noem took what some in the audience appeared to interpret as a veiled jab at the delegation during her speech, after reciting a portion of former President Teddy Roosevelt’s famous “Man in the Arena” oration.

“Let me be clear. There are many who choose not to be in the arena,” Noem said. “Many who take the easy path. Who criticize. Who don’t show up for our party, our country or our constitutional rights. They don’t show up for you when it really matters. They didn’t even show up tonight to welcome a former president of the United States to South Dakota.”

The remark drew jeers from the audience for the unnamed no-shows.

Earlier in the evening, as the crowd waited for the event to start, boos rained down while videos on a large scoreboard referenced the congressional delegation. One was a replay of Trump’s speech at Mount Rushmore in 2020, in which he briefly recognized the delegation; the other was a promotional video about South Dakota’s history of Republican leadership that mentioned each member of the delegation [Seth Tupper, “Trump Rally Highlights Republican Division with Booing of Absent Thune, Rounds, Johnson,” South Dakota Searchlight, 2023.09.09].

Right after the passage quoted by Tupper, Noem dismissed the absent Thune, Rounds, and Johnson, as disrespectful critics of Trump:

Yes, maybe it’s controversial to be here tonight. Maybe it’s not convenient. But it is not the critic who counts. Thank you all for being respectful – for being here for the man who always shows up for us [Governor Kristi Noem, prepared remarks, Trump rally, Rapid City, SD, 2023.09.08].

There are classier ways a Governor could endorse a Presidential candidate without publicly deriding the other leading lights of her state party who don’t agree with her. She could express respect for their choice to endorse a different candidate or not to endorse anyone several months before the primaries. She could respect their absence by not mentioning them at all and not putting their faces in the Jumbotron slideshow.

But a party leader should never give an eager crowd of voters reasons to boo fellow party leaders. A party leader should never undermine public confidence in fellow party members who can help the party win elections. A party leader should never foment discontent among radical insurgents who may turn their energy against other party leaders

…unless, of course, the party leader has abandoned her dedication to the party and has chosen instead to focus on boosting her own career at any cost, including the reputation and support of other party leaders who have made the Republican brand so strong in South Dakota than even a bitter policy failure like herself can win statewide elections.

Noem has evidently decided she no longer needs to play nice with Thune, Rounds, and Johnson. She doesn’t need to play to the home field at all; she needs to play up to one man, the man who has cowed most of the rest of the party into awkward submission, the man she hopes will pave her way to the White House. And she needs to play that man’s game, throwing insults to rouse anger from the deplorable voters on whose turnout Republicans have pinned their hopes for clinging to power.


  1. sx123 2023-09-11

    They don’t endorse Trunp. Why show?

  2. grudznick 2023-09-11

    BAH on Mr. Trump.

  3. O 2023-09-11

    Cory, you show that Governor Noem has learned the most important lesson from President Trump: look out for #1; step on EVERYONE to push yourself up.

    Unfortunately for the sycophants, they seem blindly unable to determine if they are the ones on the way up or the ones being stepped upon.

  4. Vi Kingman 2023-09-11

    The question that Noem has to answer why she supports for a man who wad impeached twice, and is facing 91 felonies?
    Why does she support a man who has offered no policy ideas if he became president again? All you hear from Trump is shining about the radical left or the commie left.
    Why does she hide in the Governor’s mansion or maybe hold a town hall or 2?

  5. jerry 2023-09-11

    NOem is the sad frog in the bucket of frogs. Good bait, but that is all.

  6. jim 2023-09-11

    If he gets the nomination, his VP choice now knows what their job will be. They are to perform all of the illegal and unethical acts that he knows could jeopardize him.

    Like many of his employees, contractors & lawyers have learned, he is only out for himself. They are always to blame. They’ll get none of the credit. And they’re lucky if they ever get paid.

    Trump is a seriously flawed narcissist. If you have a brain, you should have learned by now – stay far away from him.

  7. Pat Bilek 2023-09-11

    NOem needs to be asked the question; had you been VP on January 6th, would you have upheld the Constitution and certified the election? Or would you have blocked the certification?

  8. O 2023-09-11

    Pat, don’t worry, Trump will be asking that very question to any potential Veep candidates.

  9. e platypus onion 2023-09-11

    Why did Noem fire an advisor accused of sexual harrassment and then snuggle up with a convicted rapist? Curious iowan wants to know

  10. DaveFN 2023-09-11

    “On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

    H. L. Mencken
    The Baltimore Sun, July 26, 1920.

  11. e platypus onion 2023-09-11

    Noem is articulate? Is this guy daffy?
    She’s played her cards right,” said Dave Carney, a veteran Republican strategist based in New Hampshire. “She’s articulate. She has a lot of energy, and she might make an attractive ticket for the president.

    Speaking personal. two pathological liars in the same room is not attractive to me.

  12. jerry 2023-09-11

    Typo, Carney meant articulating motion. Articulating robots have solid linkages connected by flexible joints that deliver multi-axis motion. They’re becoming increasingly practical.

  13. Donald Pay 2023-09-11

    There is one thing Trump is good at doing: finding weak or corrupt people to be his butt boys or girls. “There’s a sucker born every minute,” is the phrase attributed to P.T. Barnum.

  14. P. Aitch 2023-09-11

    @Kristi – Do you wonder why important people won’t come to your parties? Is it really because they’re the bad guys? Really?

  15. Chad Bren 2023-09-11

    [Chad’s Caps Lock gets stuck; I have edited out his all-caps. —CAH]

    trump is not perfect!!(no one is!!)
    but name any person who could run our coyntry better then trump!!!
    (libs need not respond as you will
    never get over hillarious losing!)
    murderer that she is!!!

  16. Arlo Blundt 2023-09-11

    The heavily armed, conspiracy afflicted, “sovereign” right did not bother to put up a candidate against Thune or Johnson in the last election. As I recall, they gave Rounds a bye when he ran. All three were mum about Trump, giving him a pass. Trump supporters prefer chaos and insurrection to our democratic electoral process. The Party is a train wreck. Governor Noem hopes to crawl from the wreckage and continue to have a political career. Only in South Dakota could such ambition be rewarded.

  17. Lakkan 2023-09-11

    Barbie Noem, the pathetic one-woman show stooping to ever new lows in her frantic quest to make herself available to the p*ssygraber is beyond the pale.

  18. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2023-09-11

    Chad, would you like to comment on the actual topic of the post, which is Governor Noem’s unwise display of disrespect toward her fellow Republicans? Or are you ceding that main point to us, that Noem’s conduct Friday was unbecoming of a Repuyblican party leader?

    As for your tangent, Chad, every past President, including Harding, Nixon, Reagan, and both Bushes ran this country better than Trump did. Chris Christie, Nikki Haley, Asa Hutchinson, Chris Sununu, and Doug Burgum would all run this country better than Trump would in a second term.

    Hillary Clinton is not a murderer. If you want to continue engaging in public conversation, don’t tell lies.

    Never let the perfect be the enemy of the good or of good discernment. We are all imperfect, but Trump is far from good. Noem also is far from good, farther than Thune, Rounds, and especially Dusty Johnson. Those three at least understand public policy; Noem’s performance Friday night shows she’s all image and self-aggrandizement.

  19. larry kurtz 2023-09-11

    Maybe Mrs. Noem’s audience is angry Senators Thune and Rounds are supporting a candidate who is not white because that must send Herr Trump into catsup-flinging apoplexy.

  20. larry kurtz 2023-09-11

    Actually, during the debate Our Lady of the Arroyo and her man thought Governor Burgum came off as a bit of a hater.

  21. P. Aitch 2023-09-11

    Chad Bren from Goodwin. You still owe me $42 bucks for a pool game at Brage’s in Kranzburg.

  22. e platypus onion 2023-09-11

    HRC didn’t lose. drumpf and Putin stole the 2016 election by colluding.

  23. Dicta 2023-09-11

    What’s a coyntry?

  24. larry kurtz 2023-09-11

    John Thune Independence Day 2018 Moscow.

  25. Mark Mowry 2023-09-11

    Donald J. Trump came to Rapid City by the invitation of the South Dakota Republican Party. Seems to me that Thune, Rounds, and Johnson only embarrassed themselves by not attending. Have we heard what their purported ‘scheduling conflicts’ were?
    Where is their loyalty to ‘the party’ and the voters who elected them?

  26. larry kurtz 2023-09-11

    That the SDGOP is a circular firing squad works for me.

  27. grudznick 2023-09-11

    Mr. Dicta, it is a word Mr. Zitterich made up or misspelled.

  28. DaveFN 2023-09-11


    “Coyntry” was penned/coined by Mr. Bren, not Mr. Zitterich.

  29. P. Aitch 2023-09-12

    Insulting the three most powerful people in South Dakota is a symptom of deeper problems.
    – Several psychological factors may be at play with the lady throwing the party who feels the need to insult those who chose not to attend. Some potential factors include:

    1. Ego protection: The lady may be trying to protect her own ego and self-image. By insulting those who refused to attend, she may be attempting to deflect attention away from the fact that the three most influential figures in the group decided not to support her event or the former leader. Insulting them could be a defense mechanism to preserve her own reputation and self-worth.

    2. Cognitive dissonance: The lady may be experiencing cognitive dissonance, which is a state of psychological discomfort that arises when a person holds contradictory beliefs or behaviors. In this case, she may struggle to reconcile her loyalty to the former leader (by throwing the party) with the accusations against them. To reduce the discomfort, she could resort to insulting those who refused to attend in order to justify her support for the former leader.

    3. Projection: Insulting those who chose not to attend may also be a form of projection. Projection refers to the unconscious act of attributing one’s own undesirable thoughts, feelings, or motives onto others. By insulting the three influential figures who refused to attend, the lady might be projecting her own feelings of disappointment, hurt, or anger onto them in an attempt to distance herself from these emotions.

    4. Social validation: By insulting those who did not attend, the lady may be seeking social validation from others who are attending the party or share her views. Insulting the three influential figures could serve to gather support and sympathy from those who agree with her, reinforcing her own beliefs and actions.

    It’s important to note that these factors are speculative, as we cannot definitively determine the individual’s motivations without more information. Psychology is complex, and people’s behaviors and motivations can be influenced by a combination of factors.
    AI Generated – fully curated & edited by P. AItch

  30. runs_with_fire 2023-09-12

    My take on Nome ditzing, Thune, Rounds, and Johnson is that she just did all three of them a huge favor with Republicans looking for normalcy in there candidates. Those voters that are sick and tired of Trumps whining and hate speak and constantly telling them how utterly horrible the United States is. Those that love their country and cherish democracy and our forum of governance.

  31. P. Aitch 2023-09-12

    Good one, Jerry. #hilarious

  32. O 2023-09-12

    Jerry, the thing that gave it away was that Mitch McConnell seemed peppy and animated. That is not him! The rest . . .

  33. larry kurtz 2023-09-12

    It’s just a matter of time until someone sues SOS Monae Johnson to bar Herr Trump from the Republican primary ballot.

  34. P. Aitch 2023-09-13

    It’s always a secret what your Governor’s work day entails but your Sen. Rounds is in a vital six hour meeting (with a lunch break) to roadmap Artificial Intelligence regulations. The people who are asking and nearly demanding they be regulated will be in attendance.
    The forum will feature the CEOs of the country’s most powerful tech companies, including Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Sundar Pichai, X’s Elon Musk and OpenAI’s Sam Altman.

    First regulation Joe Biden wants is watermarking all AI generated content be it text, photos, music, art or medical advice to doctors. No one should wonder who created what they’re reading. *Unsubstantiated statements on social media are how the Russian influencers on Facebook, The Tok, and X manipulate USA elections.

  35. e platypus onion 2023-09-13

    More magat shenanigans, Colorado congress snake Boobalert and beau were escorted out of a theater in Denver for loud singing, vaping and making a disturbance They were attending the play “Beetle Juice” and made asses of themselves. Boobalert was packing a pair of 36s in her bodice and made sure everyone could see them. I won’t bore you with the 5 minute video.

  36. P. Aitch 2023-09-16

    @Leslie – The NYPost is a low credibility rag that leans heavily towards the right. However … It’s common among one political party to dismiss unfavorable news reports as “alternative facts”. 🤔
    – The trend of politicians claiming “fake news” when caught in embarrassing scandals is a notable phenomenon in recent years. This pattern typically involves politicians vehemently denying or discrediting any negative news or allegations by labeling them as “fake news.” Here are a few key points to examine regarding this trend:
    – Weaponizing the term: By dismissing unflattering news as “fake,” politicians attempt to discredit the credibility of the media, exploiting public skepticism towards news sources. This serves as a defense mechanism to undermine the allegations and deflect accountability.
    – Shifting blame and maintaining support: Labeling the news as “fake” can be a strategic move to redirect blame and maintain support among their followers. By portraying themselves as victims of a biased media, politicians aim to rally their base, reinforcing their supporters’ pre-existing beliefs and dismissing contrary information.
    – Uncertainty in the information era: The rise of digital media and social networking has led to an abundance of information sources, making it increasingly difficult for the audience to distinguish between genuine news and misinformation. “
    “Politicians can exploit this uncertainty by raising doubts about the accuracy of reports, without
    providing substantial evidence to support their claims”.
    – Polarization and echo chambers: In today’s polarized political landscape, people tend to align themselves with political ideologies and follow like-minded individuals or sources. This tendency leads to the creation of echo chambers, where individuals consume news that confirms their preconceived opinions. Politicians can capitalize on this phenomenon to dismiss unfavorable news as biased, reinforcing the beliefs of their supporters.
    – Distrust and erosion of truth: The repeated use of the “fake news” claim can contribute to an erosion of trust in media institutions, leading to a general skepticism towards news sources. When politicians continually dispute credible journalism, it becomes increasingly challenging for the public to discern the truth, allowing politicians to shape their own narratives.

    The trend of dismissing credible reports to deflect accountability or maintain support is concerning and can pose a threat to the integrity of journalism and public discourse.
    AI Generated – fully curated & edited by P. AItch

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