The most divisive president in modern history has his counterpart in South Dakota. Gov. Kristi Noem was elected by the slimmest majority in recent history, so one might think that instead of self-praise, she would work to unite South Dakotans to address the serious problems we face. But rhetoric and reality are not the same.

Less than a year in office, she’s already raising cash for reelection, and her fundraising letters paint a disturbing picture. She rails against what she calls “left-wing radicals” — the other party — claiming that for the last eight years she “led the charge against the hard-left agenda,” standing with President Trump “against liberals in The Swamp.” In fact, the Washington “swamp” has never been deeper, more polluted, and more populated with corrupt and incompetent crocodiles than it is today, and Kristi Noem continues to play her part in creating and supporting the partisan mess.

Noem praises Trump for “expanding ethanol production.” In fact, Trump’s version of the EPA — the environmental pollution agency — is in bed with big oil, to the detriment of South Dakota farmers. She doesn’t mention the president’s “easy to win” trade war, which is killing prices for most of what South Dakota produces, and driving many farmers toward the brink of bankruptcy.

Noem claims pride in her “accomplishments”: Like her vote in Congress for the massive tax cut for the rich that has exploded the national deficit and debt for our children and grandchildren to pay; Like her work to “improve our schools and health care.” In reality, our schools remain terribly underfunded, a majority of our students remain unprepared for college and well-paying jobs, and Noem opposes extending available Medicare assistance for low-income working families.

Noem offers divisive rhetoric and demagoguery, not leadership and solutions. Welcome to her Swamp.

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Mr. Wilson, you’ve left out Comrade Noem‘s greatest accomplishment: Helping me make Russia Great Again! Only folks like her have the courage to dismiss all the false evidence gathered against me by your Intelligence agencies. Those lying men and women who are testifying against me now are traitors to our cause and deserve what’s coming to them. And I especially appreciate what South Dakota farmers are sacrificing to make this all possible. Thank you all for your loyalty! (It still amazes me that Ms. Noem’s Party of Trump was once the evil party of Reagan that dismantled my beloved USSR.)

Jolly Roger

How much we owe Ms Noem and her people for the fix we’re in. As the Season approaches, this may be as good a time as any to re-post Mr. Friedrich Farmer’s Winter’s Lament as a Holiday reminder of our debt to them. (Hope you don’t mind, Friedrich)

🎄🎄🎄A Winter’s Lament: T’was the night before Christmas, and all through the house, the cupboards were bare - no crumbs for a mouse. 🐭 🐁 🐭 Our grain bins are full 🌽 🌾 🌽, but our tummies are hollow, like promises made by the leader we follow. 🤷‍♂️❓So Merry Christmas to all, there’s now no disputin’, he’ll never love us like he loves Mr. Putin.💔🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♀️💔


If she is so for SD then why give a $495,000 contract to a MN company for, quite possibly, the worst ad campaign in media history. Here is a new one she can use: "Methercise your right to vote in the next gubernatorial election."


This is today's Republican party. They support narcissists. They misinform. They revel in conspiracy theories. It's a sad devolution.


Governor Noem has made South Dakota a national laughing stock.


Simplest explanation for Kristi’s otherwise inexplicable anti-drug campaign: “Meth - she’s on it!”

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