“There are many other people who question the effectiveness of masks, and South Dakota residents should take the time to read this information so that they can make informed decisions for themselves and their families. As I said before, if people want to wear a mask, they should be free to do.” Likewise, people who do not want to wear a mask should not be ashamed of wearing it. The government should not impose it. We need to respect each other’s decisions – in South Dakota, knowing a little public courtesy can go a long way.
Recently, a South Dakota doctor wrote to me, thanking me “for treating South Dakota as adults…” I’m telling you this because there are also some South Dakota medical professionals who have written to tell me their concerns about expressing their thoughts on the situation.
This means, in the current iteration of the Republican Party, following President Donald Trump’s leadership in making masks a political statement rather than a public health necessity. The key is not keeping as many people safe as possible. It is making sure to show that there is no space between you and the boss.
So Noem continues to fight science even as the virus infects more and more of its components.
Their last words are: “This can’t happen. It’s not real. “And when they should be … they face their families full of anger and hatred.”
Leadership does not tell people what they want to hear. In moments like these, people are told the hard truths – even if you know it could hurt you politically. Noem sets policy on public health, which is right with how Trump handles this entire pandemic.