South Dakota Kristi Noem doesn’t agree with President Joe Biden on much, but she agreed with him earlier this week when he made a very truthful — for a change — remark about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Specifically, that there is no “federal solution” for it.
“But we also, as governors, are getting pressure to do more, and the need is great to do more in terms of the rapid tests and the availability of it,” GOP Gov. Asa Hutchison of Arkansas said to Biden during a phone call to discuss the pandemic last week. “And so, one word of concern or encouragement for your team is that as the — as you look towards federal solutions that will help alleviate the challenge, make sure that we do not let federal solutions stand in the way of state solutions.
“The production of 500 million rapid tests that will be distributed by the federal government is great, but, obviously, that dries up the supply chain for the solutions that we might offer as governor,” Hutchison continued.
“Look, there is no federal solution,” Biden said in response. “This gets solved at state level … and that ultimately gets down to where the rubber meets the road, and that’s where the patient is in need of help — or preventing the need for help.”
“My message to the governors is simple: if you need something, say something. We’re going to have your back in any way we can,” he continued.
That remark got the South Dakota Republican leader’s attention, leading her to reason that there is no need for federal mandates regarding the pandemic, either.
“After a year, we finally agree @potus. The federal government isn’t the solution. That’s why from the start, SD took a different approach by trusting our citizens to be responsible and make the right decisions for themselves & their families. Now rescind all the federal mandates,” Noem tweeted on Tuesday.
After a year, we finally agree @potus. The federal government isn’t the solution. That’s why from the start, SD took a different approach by trusting our citizens to be responsible and make the right decisions for themselves & their families. Now rescind all the federal mandates.
— Kristi Noem (@KristiNoem) December 28, 2021
During a Wednesday appearance on “Fox & Friends,” Noem said, “That’s interesting to me that the president is so bold in saying that there is no federal solution yet continuing to impose mandates on the country.”
She went on to note the initiatives being taken by GOP governors and attorneys general in seeking to end Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
“And the fact is that he doesn’t have the authority to put these mandates in place,” Noem added. “That’s why South Dakota and many other states and governors and attorney generals have challenged the federal government on this authority in court. That will be heard here in January, and we’ll win.
“We’ll win because this president has taken unprecedented action to impose on the liberties and freedoms of the American people. And sometimes, the only ones that are left to fight are the governors,” she continued.
“It’s so important that [people] have a beacon of hope,” the GOP governor noted further. “Actions that we’ve taken here [in South Dakota] has shown people that when you do protect those freedoms and those liberties, that it really does create more opportunities and a better future for the people that live under that kind of environment.”
“Really, the thing that they’re doing the most is imposing restrictions and requirements on us,” Noem said of the federal government. “They need to back off. We really need to be able to take care of our people. We’ve shown that we do it the best,” she added.
“That’s why South Dakota has got the number one economy in the country,” Noem said. “We’re getting through this together. We’ve got historic revenues and businesses and people relocating to our state, and it’s because people respect the freedom that they can get here for their children and their grandchildren and know that it will be protected.”