South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (right) gets ripped off on social media for her unusual defense of allegations she abused her power by using her desk to help a girl get an assessment license real estate agency with a state agency.
She did not respond to the allegation but instead claimed that it was an attack on her “children”.
The Associated Press reported on Monday that Noem brought several state officials to a meeting with herself and her then-26-year-old daughter Kassidy Peters as it looked like she was going to be denied the license .
AP said it was unclear what happened at the meeting, but several months later Peters got the license.
“This is clearly a conflict of interest and an abuse of power for the benefit of a family member,” Richard Painter, former chief ethics counselor, told the news agency. under President George W. Bush.
Additionally, AP said the state official whose department planned to deny the license was forced to retire.
The grievor then sued and paid $ 200,000.
Rather than respond to specific allegations, Noem tweeted as if the report was simply an attack on her child and not the actions she could have taken as governor.
“Listen, I understand. I signed up for this job, ”she tweeted. “But now the media is trying to destroy my children. ”
She also claimed that there was a “double standard” in the media.
Her tweet ignored the larger question of whether she was using her office and state resources to help a parent advance professionally, and she ignored her own attacks on the grown child of a politician, Hunter Biden, the son. troubled president Joe Biden, both on Twitter and on Fox News last year.
His detractors were quick to challenge him:
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