South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem drew criticism from members of the liberal media following a CNN interview in which she dared to question the integrity of the Democratic-led Jan. 6 hearings rather than praise largely debunked “star witness” Cassidy Hutchinson.
“State of the Union” host Dana Bash did her level best to set Noem up with a leading question regarding the testimony of former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows’ one-time top aide, whom Bash described as “a tried and true Republican.”
“Does it alarm you?” Bash asked Noem of Hutchinson’s sensational testimony in which she claimed she overheard former President Trump say “something to the effect of, ‘I don’t care that they have weapons. They’re not here to hurt me. Take the effing mags away. Let my people in. They can march to the Capitol from here.'”
Secret Service agents, driver in Hutchinson story prepared to testify that it NEVER happened, report https://t.co/FbxKpclJE0
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) June 29, 2022
Rather than take the bait and throw fellow Republicans under the bus, Noem took aim at the “one-sided” hearings.
“Well, what alarms me is the way that this hearing has been conducted,” she stated. “This is not at all like the hearings that were conducted when I was a member of Congress. This was a one-sided conversation with one, you know, set of witnesses that are reporting hearsay in many situations that are not facts, so it’s been difficult to really believe everything she has said.”
“She says she’s telling the truth” the governor continued, “but much of it was hearsay and much of it other people have refuted now.”
Bash persisted, repeating Hutchinson’s claim that she heard Trump “firsthand.”
“But her credibility was damaged when she talked about hearsay and then other people that… she referenced said it absolutely wasn’t true,” Noem countered. “That’s what’s difficult about these hearings. It feels to be more of a show and more of an agenda than an actual true, objective hearing that’s uncovering facts.”
Former Trump official explains how Cheney played integral role in Hutchinson’s wild story coming out https://t.co/yRkI9iRmJN
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) June 30, 2022
Before Bash could make a third attempt at legitimizing Hutchinson’s testimony, Noem dismissed the topic as unimportant to Americans compared to the soaring price of gas and food this holiday weekend.
“I would prefer we continue—” Noem said, cutting Bash off. “When I go to the gas stations, when I’m working in South Dakota and I’m traveling to businesses and talking to families, their number one concern this Fourth of July weekend is going to be gas prices and food for their families.”
Bash was still unwilling to let it go.
“I’m going to ask you about that, governor,” she said, before returning to her attempt to catch Noem in a Jan. 6 “gotcha” moment.
“For the record,” Bash hammered on, “she testified under oath to what she did. We haven’t heard anyone dispute that yet under oath. I want to ask even more broadly, do you believe that president Trump bears any responsibility for what happened on January 6th?”
In response, Noem spoke of nationwide breakdown in communication.
“I think January 6th was a horrific day in our history,” she stated unequivocally. “I never want to see that happen again.”
“I think moving forward that we’ve got to have a time in our country where we all start talking to each other again. Where we start having conversations,” she continued. “We get much better policy. I talk about this in my book. We have become a country so offended by each other that we quit talking to each other. It’s hurting public debate. We have to have different perspectives around the table to have an open conversation, and we’ll end up with much better policy, better laws if we can take the emotion and anger and bitterness out of our conversation and really talk about what is best for our country and where we can agree and move forward.”
But Bash didn’t want to move forward. She wanted Noem to dump on Trump. It appeared that nothing else mattered.
Finally, she took the direct approach.
“The question is whether President Trump bears any responsibility,” Bash stated.
Still, Noem wouldn’t play.
Instead, she spoke of the thing that matters most to many on this Independence Day: “Hope.”
“I think we all need to examine this country and where we’re going,” she said. “I’m hopeful people will look to our state. Our state has done incredible things.”
“I think the country is desperate for some hope right now,” the governor said. “The best weekend to focus on that is this weekend, where we celebrate our freedoms, our independence, and really look forward with an optimistic attitude. I think we have a bright future ahead of us, as long as we continue to represent our people.”
Following the interview, Noem was accused of mudslinging.
“WATCH: Kristi Noem Slings Mud at Cassidy Hutchinson and Then Awkwardly Tries to Pivot to Gas Prices in Painful CNN Interview,” screamed the headline on liberal-leaning Mediaite.
But what Mediaite — and, for that matter, Dana Bash — refuse to acknowledge is that Americans aren’t buying the left’s Jan. 6 narrative, no matter how hard they try to push it.
As American Wire reported in early June, only 17% of Americans pin the blame for Jan. 6 solely on President Trump. In fact, 35% of those surveyed believe Trump is “not really responsible.”
NBC News poll shows just 17% of Americans pin Jan 6 squarely on Trump https://t.co/UMRIpuEOxJ
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) June 7, 2022
Regardless of how many times the left insists Americans should be outraged over a woke cause, 66% of likely voters still believe the economy is the most pressing issue facing the nation.
New poll shows what Americans care about most heading into midterms. Spoiler: It’s not abortion https://t.co/En3AbVso46
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) June 25, 2022
So, far from being painfully awkward, Governor Noem was attempting to speak on matters that the vast majority of people actually care about.
Refusing to bow to CNN’s Bash-ing of Trump was just an added bonus.
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