South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R), in a powerful speech during the CPAC conference, strongly questioned the role played by the Democratic governors during 2020 in the face of the pandemic caused by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus. Noem said the economic crisis the United States is suffering today is precisely due to those governors’ policies and not to the existence of the virus. 

The words uttered by Noem, an ally of former President Trump, will undoubtedly generate many enemies among legacy media and Democratic politicians. Her well-founded attack made clear their responsibility for the current economic crisis and the mishandling of the CCP Virus.

During her speech, she said that the crushing shutdowns imposed by Democratic administrations were to blame for the U.S.’s economic collapse.

Politicians in large states and cities were the drivers of exaggerated and extensive shutdowns during 2020, those shutdowns, in many respects, continue. South Dakota was the only state that refused to mandate the closure of businesses or churches.

The state also refused to require masks and refrained from classifying businesses into essential and nonessential categories. Noem said that South Dakota had successfully responded to the virus pandemic and she took aim at the widespread restrictions.

“Now, let me be clear,” Noem told the CPAC crowd. “Covid didn’t crush the economy. The government crushed the economy.”

She warned that the same politicians who last year promoted unlimited shutdowns and quarantines are the ones who today are causing the Treasury Department to have to print money to fund the controversial measures recently passed by Congress through the relief package. That package will use $1.9 trillion in federal funds to address the crisis—supposedly.

“Just as quickly, the government turned around and held itself out as the savior, and frankly, the Treasury Department can’t print money fast to keep up with Congress’s wishes,” Noem continued.

The Trump administration repeatedly accused Democratic governors and mayors of using gridlock to kill the economic boom set in motion by its plan of deregulating the economy, lowering taxes, and stifling individual and collective liberties.

Noem was applauded for condemning the hypocrisy of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the so-called infectious disease expert, for overstating the state’s hospitalization numbers.

“I don’t know if you agree with me, but Dr. Fauci is dead wrong,” Noem said, he “told me on my worst day I would have 10,000 patients in the hospital. But on our worst day, we had only a little over 600,” she continued.

Noem emphasized that policies to deal with critical situations such as experienced during the pandemic must consider people’s economic and social well-being and pay attention to health issues as some sectors did.

“People need to keep a roof over their heads, they need to feed their families, and they need their dignity. In my administration, we resisted the call for virus control at the expense of everything else. We looked at the science, the data, and the facts, and then we took a balanced approach.”