Kristi Noem Compares Trump To Lincoln In RNC Speech

The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports:

Gov. Kristi Noem told the nation Wednesday night that President Donald Trump is fighting for the United States’ liberty, security and Constitution against “Democrats and their radical supporters” in cities “overrun by violent mobs.” In a defining moment of her political career, Noem capped off months of rising national interest when she addressed the virtual Republican National Convention from Washington, D.C.

She has been hailed by Republicans as the governor who stood for freedom and personal responsibility rather than stay-at-home orders and mask mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic, but her speech Wednesday came after days of record-setting high numbers of COVID-19 cases were reported in South Dakota. The speech, which ran just over five minutes, gave no mention of the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, Noem turned her focus to the founding fathers.

The New York Post reports:

Noem, 48, invoked an 1838 speech by Abraham Lincoln, saying Trump faces similar challenges during national unrest following the Minnesota police killing in May of George Floyd. “At times, our country has struggled to live up to our founding principles. Another great American, Abraham Lincoln, knew that struggle better than anybody,” Noem said.

Noem said that Lincoln, witnessing the struggle over slavery, was concerned about people who had “their property destroyed, their families attacked, and their lives threatened or even taken away. These good people were becoming tired of, and disgusted with, a government that offered them no protection. Sound familiar?”