Noem said she was shocked when she visited Michigan in 2020 and saw the COVID-related mandates in place. Back in South Dakota, she presented information to the public and said, “We’re going to use common sense and the number one thing that you can do to beat this virus is to wash your hands” [Isabella Pasciolla, “Kristi Noem Encourages Problem Solving, Conservative Values to Midland GOP,” Midland Daily News, updated 2023.09.19].
Noem just can’t do science. Washing hands is an important part of preventing the spread of diseases, but coronavirus is a respiratory disease, not barbecue sauce, so, as this January 2023 study from Bhutan reminds us, “Face mask use has a greater role in reducing COVID-19 due to aerosol transmission of it.”
Noem made that unscientific comment the same day her Department of Health posted its latest discouragement of wearing masks as a public health strategy.
But hey, two weeks before jetting to Michigan for this pig feed, Noem added a video to her worker recruitment video series showing her standing in front of her Second Floor desk and saying, “Now If you’ll excuse me, I’ve got my real job to do.” Oh, that Kristi, always telling whoppers.
Bonus itinerary: You can see all of Noem’s whoppers in this video (I only provide a screen cap below, as NTD doesn’t allow embedding of its videos) of the full September 18 Midland GOP event. Noem takes the stage around timestamp 1:13:00 and speaks for nearly 39 minutes. During her remarks, she notes that she was in New Orleans the day before with hubby Bryon. She said Bryon missed the Michigan event because he had to fly home to work. Noem said she was headed to D.C. Tuesday. Noem won’t share her travel plans with the public and press back home, but apparently she’s fine with sharing that information with out-of-state donors.