UPDATED 10:48 AM PT – Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Gov. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) recently discussed her reasoning behind getting involved in politics.
Speaking with Breitbart News, Noem claimed her upbringing on a ranch helped shape how she conducts herself in the governor’s mansion. Noem touted her fight to preserve freedom amid the coronavirus pandemic by pushing back against vaccine and mask mandates in the state.
“We have record numbers of people visiting our state, moving to our state, investing in our state, bringing their businesses here. They want their kids in classrooms getting an education,” explained Noem. “All of that speaks to the fact that we stood up for freedom and we stood up for protecting people’s liberties that folks in the country recognize that so now they want to come here so they can be like us and live the kind of life that we do here.”
She said during the Trump administration, she was “on the offensive” and could get conservative policies passed. Additionally, the South Dakota Republican warned voters not to blindly adhere to what people in government tell them.
The crisis on the southern border, in many ways, is a war. That’s why South Dakota sent our National Guard to help secure it.
President Biden’s complete failure of leadership at the border has shocked America to its core.
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) October 5, 2021
Noem also touched on the Biden administration’s failures at the southern border and Afghanistan, adding Americans are shocked at how badly Joe Biden has gone about running the country. When asked about the surge of people moving to South Dakota, Noem noted it has to do with people coming to the state to share conservative values.
“I believe people are moving here because they want to be like us. They’re moving here because they’re tired of the policies under Democrat leadership and they recognize how it’s penalized them and their families, and they want to be somewhere where they’re respected, where the government respects them and does their job and does nothing more,” said Noem. “I don’t believe this state is getting more liberal. I believe the people that are coming here are conservatives that want to come here and live the kind of life where they can be respected by the government.”
Noem is running for reelection next year and said she would support Trump if he were to run again in 2024. She also confirmed she’s not thinking about any future presidential campaign of her own.