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South Dakota Gov. Noem Endorses Trump: ‘The Fighter That Our Country Needs’

Gov. Kristi Noem on Sept. 8 endorsed former President Donald Trump’s re-election bid.

“He is the leader, the fighter that our country needs. He has my full and complete endorsement for president of the United States,” the South Dakota governor told a crowd of thousands at a GOP rally in Rapid City.

“I will do everything I can to help him win and save this country.”

Ms. Noem then introduced President Trump, the rally headliner. A graphic reading “Trump Noem 2024″ then briefly appeared on the screen behind the stage.

President Trump thanked the governor, calling her “a warrior for American values.”

“I get endorsements, some good, some bad,” President Trump said. “Some don’t mean anything. Hers means a lot.”

Ms. Noem’s endorsement of President Trump capped a 20-minute speech highlighting how well South Dakota is faring in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. She also credited President Trump for making that success possible.

Many other states went along with national recommendations for shuttering businesses, churches and schools and stay-at-home orders. But, Ms. Noem said, “Those decisions were not leadership. They were made based on fear and control.”

But in South Dakota, “we focused on our facts,” Ms. Noem said, adding that scientific data about the coronavirus “did not support mandates or lockdowns.” That’s why she declared the state “open for business,” invited people to come visit and allowed citizens “to make the best decisions for themselves and for their loved ones.”

“I respected my oath to the United States in the South Dakota constitutions. I respected our freedom, and I respected our people,” she said. “Now if Joe Biden had been president, he would have tried to stop me from protecting you thank God President Trump was in the White House at the time.”

The crowd responded with loud cheers, applause and whistles as she added, “He let me do my job. And the results have been absolutely incredible.”

She said South Dakota recently recorded a 1.8-percent unemployment rate. “No state has ever had an unemployment rate that low,” the governor said. The state is seeing a population, housing and income boom, she said. And while cutting taxes, the state has enjoyed revenue surpluses.

“We are the strongest state in America because President Trump let me do my job. We seized that moment. And we told our story. As you travel this great country, point to South Dakota as the example of what is possible,” Ms. Noem said.

Then she shifted to more observations about President Trump. Before Ms. Noem became governor in 2019, she served in the U.S. House of Representatives on the Armed Services Committee. “I have seen President Trump take decisive action time and time again. He exhibits peace through strength he destroys our enemies and swiftly without hesitation,” Ms. Noem said.

Shortly after making that statement, Ms. Noem declared her endorsement for President Trump.

Media outlets had earlier reported Ms. Noem’s planned endorsement, which has also fueled speculation that the governor may become President Trump’s vice-presidential running mate.

Rumblings about that have been circulating for a while, Trump supporter Jeb Bordewyk of nearby Piedmont, South Dakota, told The Epoch Times as he stood outside The Monument arena hours before the former president was scheduled to speak.

But Mr. Bordewyk doubted that President Trump would be ready to announce his vice presidential choice just yet; Ms. Noem told Newsmax during a Sept. 7 interview that it was early to be having such discussions.

However, she has repeatedly stated that she would consider accepting such an invitation from President Trump.

Mr. Bordewyk sensed that Ms. Noem was likely to endorse the former president.

Ms. Noem’s endorsement of President Trump makes her only the fourth Republican governor to do so during the 2024 presidential campaign.

Among 26 Republican governors, only four have thrown their support to the former president thus far. Ms. Noem joins previous endorsers L Alaska’s Mike Dunleavy, South Carolina’s Henry McMaster, and West Virginia’s Jim Justice.

In addition, Ms. Noem’s endorsement stands in contrast with South Dakota’s two U.S. Senators.

Sens. John Thune and Mike Rounds both announced their support for one of President Trump’s distant Republican rivals, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina.

President Trump has maintained a commanding lead in opinion polls.

According to the RealClear Politics average, President Trump is drawing almost 53 percent support, far outdistancing his nearest rivals, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (14 percent) and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy (6.6 percent).

  • Edie says:

    I would love to see her in the VP position!

  • Go trump says:

    Thank you ma’am for your support for president Trump I from Michigan appreciate it.we need him back so desperately. And all these other states that don’t want him back CAN KISS HIS ASS WHEN HE WINS .. AND WHEN IT COMES TO THE AID OF YOUR STATE FOR TORNADO OR FIRE OR WHATEVER IT MAY BE. DONT COME CALLING YOUR THE ONES TURING YOUR BACK ON HIM BUT HE ALREADY KNOW YOU NEED HELP AND HE BE THERE HE NOT A JOE BIDEN

  • Peggy says:

    Hes got my support. Evenbif i have to write his name in ballot

  • Jessica keatings says:

    President Trump we love you and we the MAGA supporters, will always back you
    And whoever you choose as your VP will
    Be the right person.
    President Trump 2024



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