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Gov. Kristi Noem has declared “South Dakota is not New York City,” as she continues to resist calls to issue a stay-at-home order in response to the coronavirus pandemic, stressing that she has “all the faith in the world in the people of South Dakota.”
The state has had a total of just over 1,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with just seven deaths, but the Republican governor’s stance has made her public enemy number one on the left, as she has been attacked by those seemingly eager to keep America on lockdown through the November election.
Noem appeared Thursday on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” to respond to her critics.
“I had a real honest conversation with the people in our state. I told them I took an oath to uphold the Constitution of our state, of South Dakota,” the governor said.
“I took an oath when I was in Congress obviously to uphold the Constitution of the United States,” she continued. “I believe in our freedoms and liberties. What I’ve seen across the country is so many people give up their liberties for just a little bit of security and they don’t have to do that.”
Her stance is a breath of fresh air in comparison to what’s happening in the state of Michigan, where the Democratic governor dictates what stores can and cannot sell and even banned visits between families.
“[I]f a leader will take too much power in a time of crisis, that is how we lose our country,” Noem stated. “So, I felt like I’ve had to use every single opportunity to talk about why we slow things down, we make decisions based on science and facts, and make sure that we are not letting emotion grab a hold of the situation.”
A Smithfield pork processing plant in Sioux Falls experienced a COVID-19 outbreak, with more than 400 workers at the giant plant contracting the virus.
The company announced it was closing the facility and the left is using the incident to go after Noem for not shutting her state down.
She explained to Fox News host Laura Ingraham why that’s a failed strategy.
“What they are neglecting to tell folks,” she explained, “is that this processing plant is critical infrastructure.”
“Regardless of a shelter-in-place order or not, it would have been up and running because it’s an important part of our nation’s food supply,” she continued. “So that’s what’s been happening on the national level. They have not been telling all the facts behind this.”
The governor also pointed out that the plant is their lone hot spot, and that they are responding “aggressively.”
“We’ve got one issue in a pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, but outside of that, two-thirds of our state has no cases or one case in an entire county so we’re doing very well as a state,” Noem said. “We are addressing the one hot spot that we do have and aggressively testing in that area.”
Noem took to Twitter to share a video clip of her appearance on Ingraham’s show.
“I took an oath to uphold the constitutions of our state and of our country. And I will always stand for South Dakotans’ freedom and liberties,” she tweeted.
I took an oath to uphold the constitutions of our state and of our country. And I will always stand for South Dakotans’ freedom and liberties.
Appreciated the discussion Laura! @IngrahamAngle pic.twitter.com/UTozzUJXzN
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) April 17, 2020
The online response to the story showed that Gov. Noem has more than her share of supporters who appreciate the stand she is taking.
She makes me want to move to South Dakota! Only sensible thing I’ve heard from any Governor.
— Michelle Reynolds (@Chellhee) April 17, 2020
Thank you Governor Noem!
— Ivan Blanco (@kc5yti) April 17, 2020
Good for SD. It must be nice to have a governor with common sense.
— Michael McCarthy (@michaelmcc2212) April 17, 2020
Thank God for leaders like you, with strength to lead; even when it may not be the popular opinion nationwide or in the press. Upholding your oath of office and doing what is best for the people you are responsible for. South Dakota is lucky to have you!
— S. Valmont (@SValmont7) April 17, 2020
— Paul Meister (@PaulTellsAll) April 17, 2020
A REAL Governor unlike those who care nothing for small business or anyone’s bill of rights. Way to go !!
— Jose Medina (@MedinaTeamAPC) April 17, 2020
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