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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem took it to the Biden administration during her speech in Dallas at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Sunday. The governor, who has become something of a political darling on the right, gave a rousing speech in which she lamented the direction in which America is headed.
After announcing that she is now a brand-new grandmother, Noem indicated she is concerned about the nation in which her granddaughter will grow up. She stated that in President Joe Biden’s America, she doesn’t “recognize the country I grew up in.”
She continued, arguing that “Joe Biden has made us fall flat on our face,” and that “we need to pick ourselves up and fix the damage that he’s doing.”
The governor referenced how President Donald Trump had the country going in the right direction and stated that there are two things that will destroy the nation “more than anything else.”
She cited “Marxist indoctrination,” along with a failure to deal with issues at the southern border.
Noem, a strong ally of former President Donald Trump, emphasized that “Trump had America right where we wanted her.” The governor also took aim at what she called the “Marxist indoctrination that they’re teaching our children in our schools. That will destroy our country.”
The governor pointed to the ever-worsening migrant crisis at the southern border:
“I was the very first governor that when Texas and Arizona asked for help, I sent my National Guard troops down there to help. I’m thankful that the governors asked and if the federal government’s going to fail to do their job, then governors are the ones who are going to have to step up and do it.”
But Noem didn’t reserve her ire only for the left. She also called out Republican governors who went along with lockdown orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
“You talk about rewriting history. 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. That they didn’t mandate masks. That they didn’t issue shelter in places, now I’m not picking fights with Republican governors. All I’m saying is we need leaders with grit.”
There has been at least a modicum of speculation that Noem will seek the presidential nomination in 2024 if Trump does not run again. However, she has not yet signaled whether she has presidential aspirations. Either way, Gov. Noem is someone to keep an eye on going forward.