FOX NEWS, ORLANDO, Fla. –
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, a Republican who notably never shut down her state’s economy or aspects of her citizens’ social lives, ripped New York Gov. Cuomo as an ironic media darling and Dr. Anthony Fauci as being chronically proven wrong in his prescriptions and predictions.
Her remarks came during Saturday’s final speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Noem recalled being routinely lambasted by the press and some Democrats as “ill-informed, reckless and even a ‘denier’.
“Some even claimed that South Dakota is ‘as bad as it gets anywhere in the world’ when it comes to COVID-19—that is a lie,” she said.
“The media did all of this while simultaneously praising governors who issued lockdowns, mandated masks, and shut down businesses—applauding them as having taken the “‘right’ steps to mitigate the spread of the virus.”
Noem then recalled a November 2020 appearance on ABC News’ “This Week”, where host George Stephanopoulos asked preceding guest Cuomo to offer advice for Noem.
Noem had taken the reverse tact on lockdowns than governors like the New York Democrat and others who have enacted strict enforcement mechanisms.
“[Stephanopoulos] asked Cuomo to give me advice on how to deal with COVID. Now seems like a good time to remind everyone of what Governor Cuomo was doing in New York,” she remarked, summarily diving into the specifics of the nursing home scandal now swirling in Albany.
She noted how in March, New York State ordered COVID patients into nursing homes before pushing legislation prohibiting nursing home lawsuits over COVID deaths.
“Six days after that, he prohibited nursing homes from sending COVID patients to the nearby Naval hospital ship or the field hospital — Both of which were essentially empty” …
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