Gov. Kristi Noem (R-SD) has long been criticized for taking little-to-no steps to slow the coronavirus pandemic in her state.
South Dakota has had 109,580 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,815 deaths. With current testing positivity at nearly 27% the state is one of the hardest hit by the virus per capita.
So few were surprised (but still horrified) when the governor (a huge Trump supporter) shared a photo from a 25-person dinner party she recently held with practically no face masks in sight.
Only one brave young woman had the temerity to still wear a face mask.
Love having our legislative pages over for dinner! We could not get through session without their help. 💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/OOT3pAtaER
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) February 9, 2021
Kristi doesn't just encourage superspreader events. She holds them too.
— Clark (@Clark408) February 10, 2021
The governor of South Dakota is bragging about gathering people together in close proximity without masks during a pandemic. 1 in 500 people in her state has already died from Covid. https://t.co/HWYWwshOIj
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 9, 2021
Shoutout to the 1 brave soul who passed a science course. https://t.co/ItOq4lcftO
— David Brauer (@dbrauer) February 9, 2021
Her strength in the face of overwhelming pressure is truly impressive and admirable pic.twitter.com/sq0uFnCamV
— TheGOPSubvertsDemocracy (@athevs1) February 9, 2021
Good to know their parents, aunts, and uncles and grandparents could be in grave danger because you lack simple human decency.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) February 9, 2021
Respect to the one girl who’s like I don’t want to die.
— Darrell (@BlackMadness317) February 9, 2021