Sources claim Trump ‘disgusted’ over Noem’s dog drama: ‘Why would she do that?’

A potential running mate reportedly left former President Donald Trump “disgusted” after her self-wrought public relations debacle begged the question “What is wrong with her?”

An election-year book release timed to catapult South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem to the forefront of conversations on the 2024 presidential ticket had certainly succeeded, if only in a poor light. Now, after an ongoing cycle of backlash and distancing for recounting putting down a 14-month-old dog via gravel pit firing squad, Trump was said to be “privately trashing” Noem.

Citing “four sources familiar with the matter, and another two people briefed on it,” Rolling Stone reported that the president has regularly raised the account from the forthcoming book, “No Going Back: The Truth on What’s Wrong with Politics and How We Move America Forward.”

“In recent days, the former president has discussed or brought up Noem’s pup-execution in closed-door meetings, as well as over the phone,” detailed the outlet. “Trump, sources recount, has pointedly asked questions regarding her decision to kill the dog, including specifically, ‘Why would she do that?’ and ‘What is wrong with her?'”

“He has expressed bewilderment that she would have ever admitted to doing this, willingly and in her own writing, and has argued it demonstrates she has a poor grasp of ‘public relations.’ In these various conversations over the past week,” continued the Rolling Stone piece, “the ex-president has also mentioned that voters generally don’t like politicians who kill dogs, two of the people familiar with the matter add.”

According to the report, “Trump is privately trashing” Noem, “a matter that appears to have closed the book on the idea of selecting her as a vice presidential nominee.”

Ahead of the Rolling Stone report, the governor had appeared on Fox News with host Sean Hannity as part of an ongoing effort at damage control where she reiterated, “It was a dog that was extremely dangerous. It had come to us from a family who had found her way too aggressive.”

“We were her second chance. And she was — the day she was put down was a day that she massacred livestock that were part of our neighbors. She attacked me. And it was a hard decision,” continued Noem who contended she had included the anecdote to demonstrate her ability to face tough challenges.

As she was instead viewed through the same lens that many saw the bane of beagles, Dr. Anthony Fauci, or the fictional demon to Dalmatians, Cruella de Vil, sources expressed multiple reasons for coming forward with Trump’s behind-the-scene commentary including hopes to see her “permanently eliminated” from consideration as vice president.

“Some separately said they were discussing this simply because Trump had been talking about Noem’s puppy slaying so frequently that it was, in the words of one of the sources, ‘getting kind of ridiculous’ how ‘disgusted’ the former president sounded about this and how much he has been ‘taunting’ Noem behind her back,” detailed Rolling Stone.

Kevin Haggerty


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