Kristi Noem, CPAC Superstar, Slams Fauci & the Mind Disease Media
"Stephanopoulos asked Cuomo to give me advice on how to deal with COVID. Now seems like a good time to remind everyone of what Governor Cuomo was doing in New York"
At the CPAC conference of conservative activists, quite a few stars of the GOP have come out to shine. Compared to the Democrats, conservatives have a surfeit.
One stood out yesterday, Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota, under whose leadership, her state came out among the best on the COVID response.
Looking like a million bucks, she spoke of freedom, constitutionality, liberty, state’s rights, fiscal discipline, and cited the facts and figures of her gubernatorial record:
But perhaps the second-best part was when she compared her record to that of the Democrats’ fallen Lucifer, New York’s Gov Andrew Cuomo, who seeded nursing homes with COVID patients and ended up with the world’s second-highest death rate, a failure all around who was praised in the press and is now going down. Citing an interview she took with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Fox News reported:
“[Stephanopoulos] asked Cuomo to give me advice on how to deal with COVID. Now seems like a good time to remind everyone of what Governor Cuomo was doing in New York,” she remarked, summarily diving into the specifics of the nursing home scandal now swirling in Albany.
She noted how in March, New York State ordered COVID patients into nursing homes before pushing legislation prohibiting nursing home lawsuits over COVID deaths.
“Six days after that, he prohibited nursing homes from sending COVID patients to the nearby Naval hospital ship or the field hospital — Both of which were essentially empty.”
President Trump had ordered the “Comfort” into Upper New York Harbor and Rev. Franklin Graham set up a field hospital in Central Park in order to help Cuomo and New York’s burgeoning crisis at the time.
“Eight days after that, the first deaths began to show up,” Noem said.
Better still was the last part of her speech, her personal story — a story of being dumped into the management of a ranch after the sudden death of her father in a farming accident, being overwhelmed and bewildered, and then discovering a tape in his truck of his best farming instructions, and calling it a gift from the Lord looking after her. It was beautiful. It was original. It was the kind of story people like to tell. It was far from the canned ‘personal stories’ Democrats always begin their speeches with, because it came off as very real. Noem spent her early 20s managing a huge farm ranch, developing early leadership and responsibility skills, and marking the person she’s since become.
And that’s noteworthy, given that she might just be a GOP presidential candidate in line for 2024.
The Dems may fall into their typical rat’s nest infighting, but if they come up with an unscathed candidate, it may well be Kamala Harris. Noem could counter her more than a little credibly.
Sure, the Dems would bring up that like Sarah Palin, Noem was once a beauty queen. But Noem’s personal story would vaporize that “narrative,” which many ordinary Americans share, and make the Dems touting it look like boobs.
The obvious leader of the party is Donald Trump at this point. But with contenders like Kristi Noem and Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis, pretty much anything can happen. If Trump doesn’t run, his endorsement is absolute gold to whoever does. Think Kristi Noem, who unlike Nikki Haley and a few others hasn’t distanced herself from him, might be pleasing to him? You make the call.
Source: American Thinker
On Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Fla. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem spent a large portion of her 26-minute speech—centered on the COVID-19 lockdown response—discussing the legacy media’s perpetual malfeasance and biases in coverage.
“Many in the media criticized South Dakota’s approach. They labeled me as ill-informed, reckless and even a ‘denier.’ Some even claimed that South Dakota is ‘as bad as it gets anywhere in the world’ when it comes to COVID-19—that is a lie. The media did all of this while simultaneously praising governors who issued lockdowns, mandated masks, and shut down businesses—applauding them as having taken the ‘right’ steps to mitigate the spread of the virus,” Noem said.
“At one point, I appeared on George Stephanopoulos’s Sunday show,” the governor continued. “He had just wrapped up a segment with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Where he asked Cuomo to give me advice on how to deal with COVID. Now seems like a good time to remind everyone of what Governor Cuomo was doing in New York.”
As illustrated by Noem in her CPAC speech, the media hailed New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a saint early in the virus, even awarding him an Emmy Award for “masterful” COVID-19 daily briefings.
“The governor’s 111 daily briefings worked so well because he effectively created television shows, with characters, plot lines, and stories of success and failure,” Bruce L. Paisner, the International Academy president, said in a statement in Nov. “People around the world tuned in to find out what was going on, and New York tough became a symbol of the determination to fight back.”
Ironically, it turns out Paisner is spot on. Cuomo’s briefings were entirely orchestrated by a left-wing media seeking to construct the governor as an effective leader he demonstrably did not prove to be. Cuomo is currently being investigated by the federal government for his mishandling of the pandemic, notably sending an estimated 9,000 COVID-19 infected seniors back to nursing homes. A 76-page report in Jan. authored by New York Attorney General Letitia James showed that more than 15,000 elderly citizens died in nursing homes in New York.
“We don’t have the media on our side,” Noem said. “Conservatives must be smarter than progressives. We must know our history. We must know what works and what doesn’t work. We must think through issues.”
Noem noted South Dakota’s thriving economy with a 3 percent unemployment rate in January, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. That’s the lowest in the nation, tied with Nebraska.
“Again, in South Dakota we did things differently. We applied common-sense and conservative governing principles. We never exceeded our hospital capacity. And our economy is booming,” Noem said. “We have the lowest unemployment rate in the nation. We are number one in the nation for keeping jobs, keeping businesses open, and keeping money in the pockets of our people. The people of South Dakota kept their hours and wages at a higher rate than workers anywhere else in the nation. And our schools are open!”
Source: The Federalist