The woman now dubbed as America’s Governor by conservatives across the nation has drawn a firm red line in the sand if Joe Biden ends up becoming the next President of the United States.
Noem says she will not comply with the former VPs and alleged President Elects possible mandatory mask mandate he continues to squawk about.
Biden ‘doesn’t have the authority to institute a mask mandate,’ Noem’s office said.
In a statement made to the Argus Leader, a South Dakota newspaper, Gov. Kristi Noem’s office said that Biden, as president, would lack the authority to impose a nationwide mask mandate on state governments.
“It’s a good day for freedom. Joe Biden realizes that the president doesn’t have the authority to institute a mask mandate,” Noem communications director Ian Fury said. “For that matter, neither does Governor Noem, which is why she has provided her citizens with the full scope of the science and trusted them to make the best decisions for themselves and their loved-ones.”
Noem, a first-term governor, has adopted a freedom first approach in response to the coronavirus pandemic in South Dakota. While many states imposed stay-at-home orders, Noem refused to implement what she’s referred to as “draconian lockdowns.”
“We already know that lockdowns don’t stop the spread of the virus. However, they destroy small businesses and jobs, and they make it difficult for families to put food on the table,” she wrote on social media Thursday.
Noem when speaking at American Priority Conferences AMP Fest in Miami, Florida back in October 9th touted how her state never shut down, and they have the best numbers in America when it comes to Covid-19 infections.
“In many other places — from Los Angeles and Miami to London and Paris — cases have exploded despite the existence of mask mandates and other harsh restrictions,” Noem wrote.
There are times when masks are appropriate. For example, masks are a smart precautionwhen caring for a symptomatic person who is coughing or sneezing. Masks are also recommended in hospital settings. Data suggest that N95 masks can be effective when worn appropriately – changed regularly, fitted properly, and not touched. But if you’re alone in a park, or hunting in a field, risk of transmission is negligible, even without a mask.
Oxford’s Dr. Carl Heneghan, also the editor-in-chief of British Medical Journal Evidence-Based Medicine, says: “It would appear that despite two decades of pandemic preparedness, there is considerable uncertainty as to the value of wearing masks.”
Though they’ve flipped-floppedon this issue, even the World Health Organization wrote this summer, “the widespread use of masks by healthy people in the community setting is not yet supported by high quality or direct scientific evidence and there are potential benefits and harms to consider.”
There are many others who question the effectiveness of masks, and South Dakotans should take the time to read this information so they can make informed decisions for themselves and their families. As I’ve said before, if folks want to wear a mask, they should be free to do so. Similarly, those who don’t want to wear a mask shouldn’t be shamed into wearing one. And government should not mandate it. We need to respect each other’s decisions – in South Dakota, we know a little common courtesy can go a long way.
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