Kristi Noem was a rissing star in the GOP.
She’s beautiful, articulate, and talked a tough game. She’s also been a big supporter of President Trump.
Noem was so popular, that a lot of people thought she was possible “VP” material and maybe even future presidential material, too.
But, then all of that came crashing down, when Noem, who positioned herself as a fighter for “women’s sports” caved to the NCAA’s transgender agenda.
Once she did that, it was pretty much over for her…and she’s never had the same “glow” since that time.
Eating a bit of “humble pie” and trying to ease her way back into people’s good graces would have been the best way for Kristi to fix that PR mess, but she didn’t go that route.
Instead, she may have just made matters a lot worse for herself while she was at CPAC on Sunday.
For some odd reason, Kristi Noem thought that it’d be a good idea to attack America’s most beloved Governor, Ron DeSantis.
Here’s part of what she said: “Let’s talk about rewriting history. We’ve got Republican governors across this country pretending they didn’t shut down their states, that they didn’t close their beaches….”
SD Gov. Kristi Noem at CPAC with quiet shots fired at DeSantis
"Let's talk about rewriting history. We've got Republican governors across this country pretending they didn't shut down their states, that they didn't close their beaches…." pic.twitter.com/xMmsjasPaY
— Meg Cunningham (@Meg_Cunn) July 11, 2021
Red State said it best:
Let’s talk about the substance here, because I think it’s both misleading, and not necessarily wrong at the same time. Yes, Florida did close some beaches in COVID hotspots for a very short period of time. Still, that’s not the same as a full-blown, extended lockdown, and I think it’s a bit disingenuous to suggest that. Further, there’s a difference between doing something in April of 2020 and doing it in April of 2021. DeSantis was obviously making decisions on the fly, with the data as it came in. There was a period where no one really had any idea what COVID would be. It’s hard to fault any governor for doing something as minuscule as closing some beaches for a few weeks in the early days of the response.
In short, Noem isn’t wrong in saying that her state remained less locked down than even Florida. Still, it’s impossible to deny that DeSantis’ overall handling of COVID was excellent.
So, why do I think taking these shots is a mistake — even if she might have some semblance of a point? Because she’s punching up way too early. She’s also inviting criticism of her own record on COVID, and that could be a much bigger problem for her in a general election.
Whether you agree with how DeSantis handled COVID early on or not, Kristi’s decision to go after him at this stage of the game seems like a really dumb political move – since DeSantis has been very bold and strong in combating the left’s communist agenda on many fronts.
It’s one thing if Kisti wants to tout her success in her state but to do so by dragging down one of the most popular Republicans, and all while she herself is on the downturn thanks to “waffling” and “caving” accusations – it’s just a really stupid move and I don’t think it will serve her well.
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