This governor is playing politics while Covid-19 burns through her state

South Dakota is, by any measure, one of the hardest-hit states by the coronavirus surge in the United States right now. Yet, amid a rapidly worsening situation Governor Kristi Noem is making sure people know that if President-elect Joe Biden moves to institute a national mask mandate, she won’t comply. In his latest episode of The Point, CNN’s Chris Cillizza explains how Noem is choosing politics over safety to propel her national standing within the Republican Party.

SOURCES AND FURTHER READING:

Covid-19 Alert: The 10 Riskiest States To Visit Right Now, Ranked
https://www.forbes.com/sites/suzannerowankelleher/2020/11/14/covid-19-alert-the-10-riskiest-states-to-visit-right-now-ranked/?sh=6cd5394399bd

If Joe Biden enacts mask mandates, lockdowns, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem won’t enforce them
https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/politics/2020/11/13/south-dakota-gov-kristi-noem-wont-enforce-if-joe-biden-enacts-mask-mandates-lockdowns/6280673002/

Most states now require face masks to reduce the spread of Covid-19. These are the ones that don’t
https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/09/us/biden-mask-mandate-nationwide-trnd/index.html

This Republican governor thinks she’s nailed her state’s Covid-19 response. She hasn’t.
https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/23/politics/kristi-noem-south-dakota-coronavirus/index.html

CDC now says masks protect both the wearers and those around them from Covid-19
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/11/10/health/masks-cdc-updated-guidance/index.html

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