South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) told the audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference today that lockdowns and other restrictions imposed by state and local governments were to blame for the economic crash in 2020, not the pandemic which they were intended to snuff out.
In an eloquent speech, Noem noted no historical precedent or controlled trials to support the argument for lockdowns. She said that Anthony Fauci told her that South Dakota’s hospitals would be treating 10,000 patients at the worst point of the pandemic. She said the number was actually 600 patients at the worst point.
“I don’t know if you agree with me, but Dr. Fauci is wrong a lot,” Noem said. North Dakota now has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, and that the state’s economy is booming. We agree with her assessment of the doctor and think he should be replaced.
Meanwhile, Noem continues to be a rising star in the Republican party and will likely play a significant role in the 2014 election for President—possibly as a candidate. She is meeting with donors at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida hosted by Donald Trump in March.