PIERRE, SD – A verbal sparring match played out on ABC News Sunday morning, as Republican South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos went toe to toe.
ABC later tweeted a clip of their exchange, calling Noem “North Dakota Gov.” She is the well known Governor of South Dakota, heralded by conservatives for her handling of the COVID-19 virus without shutting down her state.
The state leader voiced suspicions of voter fraud in the presidential election during her interview on ABC’s This Week.
Noem echoed many of the concerns and claims that the country has heard from President Donald Trump this election season.
In a video posted to ABC’s This Week Twitter account, Stephanopoulos asked the governor if she was prepared to work with Democratic President-elect Joe Biden to combat cases of COVID-19 in her state.
Pressed by @GStephanopoulos on whether she has any evidence to support Pres. Trump’s election claims, GOP North Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem does not provide any evidence, but also refuses to acknowledge that Joe Biden as the apparent winner of the presidency. https://t.co/RxWyF4Jwuf pic.twitter.com/VMNUeml0On
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) November 8, 2020
“I appreciated that President Trump gave us the flexibility to do the right thing in our state, and we’ll continue to do that. He let me do my job.
“But the other thing that I think is going on here, George, is that this is all premature. This is a premature conversation because we have not finished counting votes.”
Noem did not stop there.
She continued to tell the TV host:
“There are states that have not been called. Back in 2000, Al Gore was given his day in court. We should give President Trump his day in court. Let the process unfold.”
Her interview came barely 24 hours after major news networks called the election in Biden’s favor.
On Saturday, the mainstream media, including Fox News and the Associated Press, called Pennsylvania and Nevada in the Democrat’s favor. Those states pushed him past the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House.
the recent claims of election fraud are troubling at the very least and deserve to be examined thoroughlyhttps://t.co/q1GASuMRuv
— david peterson (@daveypetey) November 10, 2020
Doubling down on the topic Sunday, Noem said to Stephanopoulos:
“Election Day needs to be fair, honest, and transparent, and we need to be sure that we had an honest election before we decide who gets to be in the White House for the next four years.”
However, the news anchor did not back down there. He pushed the politician on whether she could provide any evidence of widespread fraud in the election.
Noem hit back:
“People have signed legal documents, affidavits, stating that they saw illegal activities. I don’t know how widespread it is. I don’t know if it will change the outcome of the election. But why is everybody so scared just to have a fair election and find out?”
She pointed to the President-elect for help to stall any official announcement of a winner in the race until there is a recount.
“If Joe Biden really wants to unify this country, he would wait and make sure that we can prove we had a fair election.”
It is not the first time that Noem has echoed President Trump’s concerns with the election process.
On November 5, she tweeted:
“Every Democrat-run state needs to clean up its election laws like Florida did. A fair process isn’t partisan. @realDonaldTrump has been fighting the establishment, the mainstream media, and now rigged election systems on behalf of the American people and our way of life.”
Every Democrat-run state needs to clean up their election laws like Florida did. A fair process isn’t partisan.@realDonaldTrump has been fighting the establishment, the mainstream media, and now rigged election systems on behalf of the American people and our way of life. https://t.co/9za1fiRPRZ
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) November 5, 2020
Just two days later, as media outlets were calling the race, Noem again took to social media.
“The 70 million Americans who voted for @realDonaldTrump are not moving on just because the media says so. [There are] serious election integrity concerns (read Alito’s opinion) in several states that the media should be investigating.”
DC Elites are eager to return to "business as usual.”
The 70 million Americans who voted for @realDonaldTrump are not moving on just because the media says so. Serious election integrity concerns (read Alito’s opinion) in several states that the media should be investigating. https://t.co/m2l4AvdWeA
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) November 7, 2020
It is the same argument she presented to Stephanopoulos, who pushed back by saying:
“It starts with providing evidence. You still have not provided that.”
Other Twitter users were quick to defend Noem.
“She literally provides evidence in that exchange. The Dominion ‘glitch’ in Michigan has already led to 6,000 votes being switched from Biden to Trump. Also, a local race in Oakland County was flipped to the Republican after another ‘glitch’ was found.”
She literally provides evidence in that exchange. The Dominion "glitch" in Michigan has already led to 6,000 votes being switched from Biden to Trump. Also, a local race in Oakland County was flipped to the Republican after another "glitch" was found.
— AdamInHTownTX (Trunalimunumaprzure Mobilizer) (@AdamInHTownTX) November 9, 2020
Another Twitter user attacked the more obvious flaw in ABC’s reporting after the account from the program tweeted out a clip of the interview with the caption:
“Pressed by @GStephanopoulos on whether she has any evidence to support Pres. Trump’s election claims, GOP North Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem does not provide any evidence, but also refuses to acknowledge that Joe Biden as the apparent winner of the presidency.”
The Bongino Report replied on Twitter:
“Didn’t think you guys would need a fact check on this one, but North Dakota and South Dakota aren’t the same state.”
Didn't think you guys would need a fact check on this one, but North Dakota and South Dakota aren't the same state
— Bongino Report (@BonginoReport) November 8, 2020
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MSNBC says it’s ‘very wrong’ to say Democrat-led cities overrun with crime. Brings on Seattle mayor as proof!
August 28, 2020
On Wednesday, August 26th, Kristi Neom led the RNC with a speech praising the ingeniousness of Founders and imploring Americans to reject lawlessness. This did not sit right with MSNBC co-host Rachel Maddow however, as Maddow abruptly cut away from the coverage of the convention to offer what she called a “reality check”.
Maddow, donning a snarky expression, began by saying that sometimes MSNBC must:
“interject when we feel like there is something that’s important and deliberate and very wrong that should be corrected just so that we feel responsible about our broadcast.”
In order to “set things straight”, Maddow decided to call on Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, to rebut Neom’s statements on air.
Despite the fact that the city of Seattle continues to burn nightly, Durkan remains blind to all of the violence, and insists nothing is wrong with what is taking place in the city. This is the Mayor they chose to call for input, or as Maddow said “to essentially run a reality check on that assertion.”.
According to Newsbusters, Durkan thanked Maddow “for letting me respond” and declared not only does President Trump not embrace “equality, freedom, and opportunity,” but the “caricature of the great cities across America” he’s offered (along with Noem) “is not only wrong, it is purposefully wrong.”
Durkan then went on to say that Noem should:
“get off Twitter and get off Fox News and come see our city
[because] “Seattle is a city that I raised my two children in and I would not have raised them anywhere else.”
— Sherlynn Miller (@sheryl992) August 27, 2020
She continued by saying that Seattle’s in great shape because:
“our housing prices continue to increase.”
Maddow then set the stage by saying:
“That caricature has been used really against Seattle more than anywhere else. Does it have a material effect on your ability to govern and Seattle’s ability to get the resources that it needs for what the city needs to get done?”
Durkan replied that her ability to competently function as mayor was hindered:
“this summer…because the President and Fox News were so insistent on driving that message that people started to come there to make the reality real.”
She concluded by saying:
“We have a growing city that has real — you know, the best workforce anywhere and it’s not as portrayed by the President or by Governor Noem. I mean, he tried to make it sound like there were mobs rampant throughout Seattle. That’s not the case,”
Again, I know it is easier to stick your head in the sand sometimes, rather than face reality, however it is almost impossible to deny the nightly footage of the “mobs” that are present and destroying the city of Seattle.
NOT A JOKE: MSNBC interjects after @KristiNoem's #GOPConvention's speech because Maddow said Noem was "very wrong" to say Democrat-led U.S. cities like New York, Portland and Seattle have been overrun by crime and looting. For this "reality check," she brought on…Jenny Durkan! pic.twitter.com/YvSXEs9IqS
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) August 27, 2020
After Durkan hung up, Maddow claimed that MSNBC doesn’t:
“intend to interject throughout the evening, but when something really, really wrong gets said deliberately, particularly when they’re trying to build a theme around it — a theme around it, we feel responsible to correct the record.”
This was just another display of how Democrats use media outlets to twist stories to meet their narrative. If anyone has taken a look at footage of the devastating destruction and violence overtaking the streets of Seattle however, they would know that there is no mistaking what is taking place as “peaceful”.
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