Gov. Kristi Noem to Newsmax: COVID Shows ‘Leadership Has Consequences’

Gov. Kristi Noem to Newsmax: COVID Shows 'Leadership Has Consequences' Gov. Kristi Noem to Newsmax: COVID Shows 'Leadership Has Consequences' South Dakota GOP Gov. Kristi Noem with Newsmax's Rob Schmitt at the Ronald Reagan ranch outside Santa Barbara, California (Kara Zupkus/Young America's Foundation)

By Eric Mack | Wednesday, 29 September 2021 08:32 PM

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem

Noem told Newsmax on Tuesday in an exclusive interview from the Ronald Reagan ranch outside Santa Barbara, California, that will air Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET on "Rob Schmitt Tonight." "

That's the one thing that this pandemic has taught us is that leadership has consequences. For your day to day lives, who's in that seat, that position of power really does matter. It matters for your kid's educaton. It matters for your business, for your family, your healthcare, all of the above.

And to wake up America to that again.

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"I really wanted to understand what my authority was as governor and what authority I didn't have. I'm just a big believe that when leaders overstep their authority, especially in a time of crisis, that's when we break this country. My No. 1 commitment to people of South Dakota was that I took an oath to the state Constitution and the U.S. Constitution and that I would adhere to it.

I don't think that governors have the authority to tell businesses that they're not essential. Never issued shelter in place, never mandated masks. I basically stood up in front of the people of South Dakota and told them that I was going to trust them.

We're living in scary times, and we watched throughout this pandemic that the media and the liberals used fear to control people, and they used fear to scare people and promote their agenda. So, I had to keep reminding people that I was going to do my job, but that the power lies with the people, and that's the way our founders intended it.

I wasn't going to go in an start mandating to private businesses where I didn't think the federal government had a role, this state government had a role. When conservatives are willing to take the same actions as the liberals are, then I don't think they we're any better than them.

I tend to be a bit of an optimist. I think there are a lot of challenges going on in this country right now, maybe the fact that people were sleepy to the role of government in their lives before are finally waking up and recognizing the huge consequences to having people in power for the wrong reasons.

This country is still changed by people who show up. Show up. It matters.

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