Posts Tagged ‘The Dakotas’

South Dakota Death Cult

November 19, 2020

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, a pistol-packin’, hard-drivin’, snake-oil pushing, Trump-touting former beauty queen, has resisted implementing elementary coronavirus public health policies in her state, claiming they would infringe on personal freedom. Her libertarian lovefest has given her state the nation’s highest COVID-19 positivity rate. “I’ve consistently said that people that want to wear masks should wear masks, and people that don’t shouldn’t be shamed because they choose not to,” the governor reiterated on Wednesday.

While South Dakota’s hospitals are filling up and her constituents die thinking coronavirus is a hoax, Kristi Noem declares that, if President Biden enacts a national mask mandate, she won’t enforce it.

More:

“As deaths spiral, South Dakota governor opposes mask rules,” Stephen Groves, Associated Press

“‘It’s not real’: In South Dakota, which has shunned masks and other COVID rules, some people die in denial, nurse says,” Joel Shannon, USA Today

“What Nurses Are Seeing and Hearing in South Dakota,” Molly Olmstead, Slate

“South Dakota is grappling with the nation’s highest positivity rate. This Covid-19 widow wants a mask mandate,” Lucy Kafanov, Leslie Perrot and Hollie Silverman, CNN

Updates:

“Kristi Noem rigidly follows Trump strategy of denial as Covid ravages South Dakota,” Ed Pilkington, The Guardian

“South Dakota gripped by pandemic amid Kristi Noem’s no-mask approach,” Talli Nauman, The Guardian

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Anti-Science Governor Killing Off South Dakota Constituents

November 2, 2020

Anti-Science Governor Killing Off South Dakota Constituents

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, a pistol-packin’, hard-drivin’, snake-oil pushing, Trump-touting former beauty queen, has resisted implementing elementary coronavirus public health policies in her state, claiming they would infringe on personal freedom. That clearly includes freedom of infection, since South Dakota now has a 38% COVID-19 positivity rate. Governor Noem refused to take action against meatpacking plant hotspots, and praised a huge superspreading motorcyle rally in her state, an event that carried coronavirus throughout the Upper Midwest.

As South Dakota hospitals feel the strain of her laissez-faire health policies, Governor Noem is absent, on the campaign trail for Donald Trump.

More:

Trump backs South Dakota governor’s handling of COVID-19,” Associated Press

“As COVID-19 Cases Rise, Some Governors Resist Lockdowns, Mask Mandates,” Will Stone, NPR News

“South Dakota’s Positive Virus Rate Hits 46%—but Noem Aide Says ‘We Feel Pretty Good,’” Tori B. Powell, Daily Beast

Related:

“When Libertarianism Goes Bad,” Paul Krugman, New York Times

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