South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem trolled Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden after writing on Twitter that federal assistance would soon arrive for “struggling” Americans, suggesting that the Trump administration has been doing too little.
“My message to everyone struggling right now is this: Help is on the way,” the former vice president wrote.
Noem responded to Biden with a gif of President Ronald Reagan and a quote, “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) December 2, 2020
The South Dakota Republican’s response borrowed from the late president who famously said during a press conference in 1986, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.’”
Reagan’s comments were made while speaking about American farmers who had been hurt by federal government “help.”
“Some sectors of our farm economy are hurting, and their anguish is a concern to all Americans. I think you all know that I’ve always felt the nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government, and I’m here to help,’” Reagan said.
“A great many of the current problems on the farm were caused by government-imposed embargoes and inflation, not to mention government’s long history of conflicting and haphazard policies. Our ultimate goal, of course, is economic independence for agriculture and, through steps like the tax-reform bill, we seek to return farming to real farmers. But until we make that transition, the government must act compassionately and responsibly,” he added.
The exchange between Noem, who spoke at the Republican National Convention and is an avid supporter of President Donald Trump, and Biden, is likely a prelude of pushback that is to come should he be certified by Congress as the winner in the November election.
For instance, Noem, early in the pandemic, refused to close down her state, explaining to Fox News’ host Sean Hannity she had faith in South Dakotans to do the right thing.
“I just believe in our people,” Noem said in April, as most other states were either completely or partially locked down.
“They know and understand personal responsibilities, so I didn’t mandate that any businesses close. I just told people the facts and the science behind this virus, what we were dealing with, and asked them to take seriously the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines and to continue to innovate,” she added.
And Noem, along with other GOP governors, vowed to resist any attempt by a Biden administration to enforce national mask mandates or shutdown orders.
“As you all might imagine, these last seven months have been quite lonely at times,” Noem said during a special legislative session in October. “But earlier this week, one very prominent national reporter sent me a note that said, ‘Governor, if you hadn’t stood against lockdowns, we’d have no proof of just how useless they really have been.'”
“The people of Mississippi can’t just go home and shut down their small businesses … for six weeks, and just think that you can come back six weeks from now, flip a switch and everything’s gonna be fine,” Gov. Tate Reeves said last month.
“I don’t believe there is any constitutional or statutory authority for any president to shut down Mississippi’s economy,” he said. “We will certainly fight that if it becomes necessary.”
Added Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in August: “We will never do any of these lockdowns again, and I hear people say they’ll shut down the country, and honestly I cringe.”
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