S. Dakota GOP Gov. Kristi Noem Says She Won’t Enforce a Joe Biden Mask Mandate

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem announced last week that she would not enforce any mask mandate coming from Joe Biden if he becomes our 46th president.

Apparent president in waiting, Democrat Joe Biden, has been hinting that he intends to shut down the nation all over again to “stop” the coronavirus.

Biden said that he would “follow the science” and recently many of his so-called “experts” have been making noise about instituting new shutdowns to “save” us from the virus.

But Gov. Noem isn’t having any of it.

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On Friday, Noem’s office released a statement to the Argus Leader preempting a Biden mask mandate.

“It’s a good day for freedom. Joe Biden realizes that the president doesn’t have the authority to institute a mask mandate,” said Ian Fury, communications specialist for Noem. “For that matter, neither does Governor Noem, which is why she has provided her citizens with the full scope of the science and trusted them to make the best decisions for themselves and their loved-ones.”

Noem reiterated her position on lockdowns Thursday on social media when she said they don’t effectively stop the spread of COVID-19 but have negative effects on businesses and the overall economy.

“We already know that lockdowns don’t stop the spread of the virus. However, they destroy small businesses and jobs, and they make it difficult for families to put food on the table,” she wrote.

In October, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) special envoy on COVID-19, Dr. David Nabarro, is urging the world to stop “using lockdowns as your primary control method.”

“We in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus,” Dr. Nabarro said to The Spectator’s Andrew Neil. “The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted, but by and large, we’d rather not do it.”

Nabarro added that the lockdowns have thrown billions of people out of work, destroyed delicate tourist industries, and increased hunger and poverty across the world.

“Just look at what’s happened to the tourism industry in the Caribbean, for example, or in the Pacific because people aren’t taking their holidays,” he continued. “Look what’s happened to smallholder farmers all over the world. … Look what’s happening to poverty levels. It seems that we may well have a doubling of world poverty by next year. We may well have at least a doubling of child malnutrition.”

So, the WHO has now gone from claiming that lockdowns are the only real way to stop the coronavirus, to saying the lockdowns have been worse than the coronavirus.

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Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and several local Chicago News programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a "target rich environment" for political news.
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