Noem spokesman doubles-down on inexplicable DeSantis rant: ‘This is so embarrassing’

Twitter users popped their popcorn and sharpened their snark after South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s chief spokesman inexplicably “pivoted to an unprompted diatribe” against Gov. Ron DeSantis for his abortion stance while issuing a statement to National Review staff writer Nate Hochman on the “transgender movement” in “red America.”

Hochman was working on a story exposing “a powerful, well-funded coalition” that is “working to bring the transgender movement to red America,” including in “deep-red South Dakota,” when he reached out to Noem’s chief of communications, Ian Fury, for a comment.

Fury “rejected ‘any implication that Governor Noem is overly cozy with’ the lobbying groups in question,” Hochman tweeted. “But in a follow-up email, he pivoted to an unprompted diatribe about the contrast between Noem’s and DeSantis’s records on the issue of abortion—and speculating as to whether [the National Review] was ‘no longer pro-life…because that’s the message you send by carrying water for Gov. DeSantis.'”

“Governor Noem was the only Governor in America on national television defending the Dobbs decision,” Fury pointed out. “Where was Governor DeSantis? Hiding behind a 15-week ban. Does he believe that 14-week-old babies don’t have a right to live?”

Fury quickly fell under fire for the unprovoked attack, with American Commitment president Phil Kerpen stating that “15 weeks is politically sustainable” and calling Fury’s fury “nonsense.”

“Absolute clown car performance by @IanTFury,” wrote Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer. “Why is @govkristinoem’s team so wildly insecure?”

“This is so embarrassing for Noem,” wrote another Twitter user. “What a fall from stardom.”

But the drama was not yet done.

Fury hit back at Hochman with a lengthy thread of his own, in which the spokesman dug the hole deeper for himself and Gov. Noem.

Hochman “long ago outed himself as someone with an unhealthy bias against @KristiNoem,” Fury fumed. “When his narrative is proven false, he doesn’t let facts get in the way of his efforts to take her down.”

He then presented a list of “the most egregious errors” in Hochman’s “most recent reporting,” before claiming the National Review journalist is “a shill for Gov. DeSantis.”

“He attacks Gov. Noem using the once-proud masthead of National Review because he sees her as a threat,” Fury charged.

Hochman dismissed the allegation with a tweet that oozed sarcasm.

“Respectfully,” he replied, “I don’t think anyone sees Kristi Noem as a serious threat to DeSantis anymore.”

“Pretty much every single claim in Ian’s thread is false,” Hochman wrote, “but the weirdest one of all is his doubling-down on the idea that my criticisms of Noem are equivalent to ‘shilling’ for DeSantis—a politician that I never mentioned in either the piece itself or my correspondence with Ian.”

“The basis of the claim, as best as I can understand it, is that I’ve written nice things about DeSantis before,” the journalist continued. “The problem is, I’ve written nice things about a lot of different politicians that I generally like. I’m not sure how one gets from point A to point B here.”

Both Noem and DeSantis are considered to be potential challengers to former President Donald Trump in 2024’s race for the White House, and at least one user hopes Fury is given his walking papers and the debate between candidates remains “civil.”

“I would hope this trouble maker turd is fired,” the user said of Fury. “His comments, out of nowhere, are unnecessary and unwarranted.”

“If Noem runs for president I would hope it will be civil and just a contrast on views and policies without the mudslinging and name calling,” the user continued. “I won’t vote for that.”

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