Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, who has faced harsh criticism from the mainstream media for refusing to shut her state down in response to Covid-19, outlined some lessons South Dakota has learned from her unique approach to the crisis.
H/T: The Federalist
“My approach to this virus was to provide South Dakotans with all the information that I could, and then trust them to exercise their freedom to make the best decision for themselves and for their families,” Noem said Monday. “The mainstream media has spent many hours and nearly endless column inches attacking me for that, but countless South Dakotans have thanked me for trusting them.”
“The mainstream media attack those who push for freedom and for people to be able to make the best decisions for their families,” Noem said. “While the media was attacking me, the people were watching. As many of my peers applied a one-size-fits-all lockdown, ordinary Americans saw what we were doing and many said, ‘that’s exactly the way I want my government to treat me. To trust me, not dictate to me.’”
Watch Governor Noem’s full address below.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (R) says that people who visit her state won't see much of a difference from how it was before the pandemic, though the government is encouraging good hygiene and personal responsibility. #SD #SouthDakota #Coronavirus #VarneyCo pic.twitter.com/mE1BOMPCG9— Varney & Co. (@Varneyco) June 10, 2020
Thanks @gregkellyusa for a great interview.— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) June 10, 2020
And remind all your viewers, if they want to live in a state that respects Freedom and personal responsibility, come to South Dakota! @newsmax pic.twitter.com/f3SchdoEgu
South Dakota's Kristi Noem: The Governor Who Stayed the Course https://t.co/b82J4O4ZY5— John Fund (@johnfund) June 8, 2020