South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem was applauded at CPAC when she said that Dr. Anthony Fauci had been wrong a lot. She actually got a standing ovation.
On Face the Nation Sunday morning, Fauci said the scientific numbers don’t lie.
Noem faithfully followed the Trump playbook with Fauci and lockdowns as scapegoats at CPAC, spouting Noem-truths about government, not COVID-19, as the biggest detriment to the economy.
Noem fought against mask mandates, but allowed hundreds of thousands of motorcycle riders into her state, and then saw the highest rate of infection per capita in the country.
Also included in her CPAC speech, Noem said that typical GOP talking points like tax cuts and deregulation were no longer enough, that “stories” needed to be told.
“As conservatives, we often forget that stories are much more powerful than facts and statistics,” Noem said. “Our stories need to be told. It is the only way that we will inspire and motivate the American people to preserve this great country.”
Noem polled at 1 percent in a recent POLITICO/Morning Consult survey of voters’ preference for 2024.
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