Meet Kristi Noem: A MAGA Extremist Desperate To Be Donald Trump’s VP Nominee

As Kristi Noem speaks at CPAC today, DNC Rapid Response Director Alex Floyd released the following statement:

“Kristi Noem is in lockstep with Donald Trump and his extreme and dangerous MAGA agenda – and she’ll do or say anything to be chosen as his vice presidential nominee. Noem’s extreme, out-of-touch record includes pushing a cruel abortion ban with no exceptions for rape and incest that would force young rape victims to carry pregnancies. She’s even threatened to jail doctors and pharmacists for assisting in a medication abortion. Even if Noem wins the veepstakes, her and Trump’s reckless and unpopular agenda will lose this November.” 

Kristi Noem has repeatedly praised Donald Trump and his extreme MAGA agenda, and she has put herself forward as a contender to be his vice presidential nominee.

The Hill: “Noem says she would be Trump’s running mate ‘in a heartbeat’”

CNN: “‘Of course, I would consider it,’ Noem told Fox News host Sean Hannity recently when asked if she would be Trump’s vice president.”

Axios: “South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem endorses Trump”

Noem: “I love that man because he did everything he said he was going to do.”

Noem is an anti-abortion extremist who said a 10-year-old rape victim should be forced to carry out her pregnancy under her state’s all-out abortion ban, does not support exceptions for rape or incest, and has threatened to throw pharmacists in jail for providing or even procuring pills that aid in medication abortions.

CNN: “South Dakota governor defends state’s abortion ‘trigger’ ban when asked if 10-year-old should be forced to give birth”

Argus Leader: “Pro-life advocates and Gov. Kristi Noem are lauding the South Dakota Legislature for further bolstering the state’s already strict anti-abortion laws this legislative session, steps necessary for states to take if abortion will ever be completely illegal in the United States, they say. … Noem told the Argus Leader this week that she is an absolutist on the topic, not even compromising in the event of rape or incest.”

Associated Press: “The Republican governor and South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley released a letter to South Dakota pharmacists saying they are ‘subject to felony prosecution’ if they procure or dispense abortion-inducing drugs.” 

Noem supports Donald Trump’s efforts to kill bipartisan legislation to secure the border.

Forbes: “’Terrible Bill’: Kristi Noem Slams Bipartisan Border Deal”

Noem: “It’s a terrible bill that I think President Trump is exactly right, it should not pass.”

Noem voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and end Medicare as we know it while in Congress, which would have jeopardized health care for millions of Americans.

WNAX: “SD Congresswoman Kristi Noem Supports Obamacare Repeal”

New York Times: “G.O.P. Health Bill Would Leave 23 Million More Uninsured in a Decade, C.B.O. Says”

Washington Post: “Other potential entrants in the Republican primary, such as former secretary of state Mike Pompeo, Sen. Tim Scott (S.C.) and South Dakota Gov. Kristi L. Noem, also voted for Ryan’s [proposal to cut and privatize Medicare] when they were in Congress.”

Noem has refused to acknowledge Trump’s role in inciting a violent mob to attack the Capitol on January 6. 

Associated Press: “South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Wednesday defended Donald Trump’s legacy as president while refusing to say whether he held any responsibility in goading the mob that attacked the Capitol.”

Noem has doubled down on her support for the gun lobby in the wake of devastating mass shootings and has also signed numerous dangerous anti-gun safety bills into law. 

Argus Leader: “Kristi Noem says ‘I am the NRA’ ahead of speech at NRA 2023 national convention”

Argus Leader: “Gov. Kristi Noem signs executive order amid speech at NRA convention”

Dakota News Now: “Noem to speak at national NRA forum days after Texas school shooting”

Rapid City Journal: “Gov. Noem signs ‘stand your ground’ bill”

Associated Press: “Gov. Kristi Noem signs ‘constitutional carry’ bill into law”

Noem is a climate change denier who has repeatedly railed against efforts to combat the climate crisis in her own state. 

Reporter: “Do you think the climate is changing?”

Noem: “I think that the science has been varied on it, and it hasn’t been proven to me that what we’re doing is affecting the climate.”

Associated Press: “Noem joins lawsuit challenging social cost of climate change”

South Dakota Public Broadcasting: “The State of South Dakota is leaving millions of federal dollars on the table that could be spent on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It’s one of four states that won’t access that money funded by the Inflation Reduction Act.”

Noem touted her role in crafting Trump’s MAGAnomics tax scam that rigged the economy for the ultra-wealthy and big corporations.

Noem: “When I was in Congress, I had the tremendous honor of being on the conference committee that ironed out the final details of President Trump’s tax cuts.”