Kristi Noem, potential 2024 contender, says Biden’s leadership style has emboldened Putin

Addressing a crowd at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, where she was asked to outline a vision for the future of the Republican Party as part of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Institute and Foundation’s Time for Choosing Speaker series, Noem made a point Point-by-point critique of Biden’s foreign and domestic policy agenda. He warned that Democrats are “trying to control each other” as they veer toward “socialist policies” and argued that the Republican Party must reaffirm its image as the party of liberty.
While condemning Putin’s ruthless invasion of Ukraine, Noem said the world is “seeing daily attacks on democracy, and they are a reminder to all of us of President Reagan’s famous words: ‘Freedom is never more than a generation of extinction'”.

“Sadly, the President of the United States today is not fighting for our freedoms. He is not protecting our freedoms. In fact, Joe Biden is doing the exact opposite,” Noem said Wednesday. “If the leadership in the White House had reflected ‘peace through strength’ by supporting our military, standing strong against Iran, North Korea and China, by not facilitating a devastating and disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan that resulted in the deaths of 13 American patriots, then we wouldn’t see an emboldened Putin.”

She argued that Biden’s energy policies, including his decision to revoke the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, have further weakened America’s position in the world by making the United States even more dependent on rogue nations for oil and the gas.
Contrasting the leadership styles of Biden and his predecessor, Noem noted that she traveled to 17 states to campaign for former President Donald Trump (more trips, she said, “than any governor of the United States”), in part because she knew he would restore US dominance on the world stage. (Although Ella Noem is widely seen as a possible candidate for the White House in 2024, she has said she would support Trump if he were to run again and has demurred when asked about his own ambitions.)
But Noem was not referring to Trump’s frequent praise of Putin throughout his presidency or the fact that he delayed nearly $400 million in US military and security aid. Trump’s first impeachment trial.

In his speech on Wednesday, he called Putin “an evil man, who like other dictators throughout history despises freedom and hates those who seek it.” He praised Zelensky and stated that he “has shown his courage to the world by his willingness to tell the truth and fight for the freedom of the Ukrainian people.”

As in many of her other speeches to conservative audiences over the past two years, Noem touted her hands-off approach to the coronavirus pandemic in South Dakota, including her initial opposition to mask and vaccine mandates, as well as the fact that she never asked any business in her state to close during the pandemic.

He has often cast that approach as an effort to preserve the rights and freedoms of his constituents, noting Wednesday: “We don’t mandate anything.” He charged in his speech that other public officials “took unconstitutional power over American families, workers, and students when a global pandemic gave them an excuse to do so.”

“Look state to state and compare the difference between the Republican and Democratic leaders. In Democratic states, families are financially devastated by mandates and shutdowns,” Noem said. “Having lost precious time in the classroom, children have been left behind; economies have been crippled by regulations and restrictions.”

As she has raised her public profile nationally and within the GOP, Noem has been at the forefront of culture war debates on issues like abortion, LGBTQ rights and education, and she praised those efforts Wednesday night. evening.

She signed a bill in mid-March that would require pregnant women to make at least three trips to a clinic to obtain abortion medication, though the requirement won’t go into effect until a pending federal court case is resolved.

In February, Noem signed a “fairness in women’s sports” law that decreed that “only female students, based on their biological sex, may participate in any team, sport, or sporting event designated for women, women, or girls.” The law, which goes into effect this summer, defines “biological sex” as the gender listed on a birth certificate “issued at or about the time of the student’s birth.”

On Wednesday night, she called it “the strongest bill in the nation to protect girls’ sports,” saying, “It’s about fairness, about giving young women a chance to succeed.”

South Dakota Restricts Teaching Critical Race Theory in Schools
Noem has also been a frequent critic of critical race theory, an academic framework for studying the history of inequality and racism in the US, and this week signed an executive order restricting the teaching of “inherently racial concepts.” divisive” in K-12 schools.

Critical race theory isn’t usually included in the elementary school curriculum, but last month Noem signed a bill that prohibits the state’s public universities from requiring students or faculty members to adopt or adhere to what the law defines as seven “divisive concepts”.

Although critics of recent legislation in her country have argued that it would limit freedom of expression and the ability to teach a wide range of theories, Noem said Wednesday that it was the left that “wants to criminalize dissent when someone raises legitimate questions.” on teachings as critical race theory”.

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