South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem is complaining about Donald Trump's "language" after the former president called Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) a "jerk."
However, Noem refused to say whether the 2020 presidential election was fair — which is the underlying issue that led to Trump's attack on Rounds.
Earlier this month, after Rounds said the 2020 election was "as fair as we have seen," Trump issued a statement saying he would "never endorse this jerk again.” Trump also suggested that Rounds was either "crazy or stupid."
During a news conference on Thursday, Noem was asked about her reaction to Trump's statement.
“We all know that we have times that we don’t like what President Trump says and what he’s — language that he’s used,” Noem responded. “I know Mike Rounds personally. He is not a jerk. He is a good man.”
Asked whether the election was fair, Noem said, "President (Joe) Biden is the president of the United States today. I do think there was election discrepanices from state to state."
She went on to claim, falsely, that due to the pandemic, governors were allowed to sign emergency orders "that allowed them to conduct their elections however they wanted to."
"We saw from state to state, election laws be violated and changed," Noem alleged. "People could mail in their ballots when that's not in their state statutes to do so. People could allow unions to collect ballots. There was different things that happened in every single state, so we know that from state to state, we saw things happen that we would not call fair, but President Biden is the president of the United States today."
Asked whether the alleged "discrepancies" could have changed the outcome of the election, Noem responded, "There hasn't been proof that it would have changed the outcome."
"So was President Biden fairly elected president?" a reporter asked.
"We shall see," Noem responded. "I understand there's still legal challenges out there, but it has not been up for debate that (Biden is) the president of the United States. I've always clearly said that."
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Huffington Post reporter S.V. Dáte doesn't think former Vice President Mike Pence has gotten enough credit for his actions on January 6th, 2021.
Writing on Twitter, Dáte examines how Pence changed the traditional script during the roll call of electors on January 6th to specifically rule out accepting the "alternate" electors that Trump allies had lined up to support his bid for a second term.
"Not only did he not go along with Trump's scheme to use 'alternate' slates of electors to give Trump a second term, he actively sabotaged it," Dáte observes.
He then compares a key difference between the instructions that then-Vice President Joe Biden gave to electoral vote counters back in 2017 and the instructions that Pence gave to vote counters last year.
In particular, Pence told the counters to "announce the votes cast by the electors for each state, beginning with Alabama, which the parliamentarian has advised me is the only certificate of vote from that state and purports to be a return from that state that has annexed to it a certificate from an authority of that state purporting to appoint or ascertain electors."
Dáte goes on to say that Pence "didn't just make that up on the fly" but rather "crafted it in advance to specifically reject any fake set of electors that Trump's agents in Congress would try to push."
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been spotted dining out on the town in Manhattan despite the fact that she recently tested positive for COVID-19 and should be in isolation.
The New York Daily News reports that a spokesman for New York Mayor Eric Adams has now put out an advisory warning New Yorkers about the danger of coming in contact with Palin.
"We encourage any New Yorker who came into contact with Sarah Palin to get tested, just as we encourage all New Yorkers to get tested regularly, especially those who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19,” Adams spokesman Jonah Allon said.
The Daily News notes that Palin, who has steadfastly refused to get vaccinated, was spotted on Wednesday at an Upper East Side Italian eatery just days after she revealed her infection.
Luca Guaitolini, the manager of the restaurant, tells the Daily News that Palin's visit was "unfortunate" but that "we’ve moved on" from talking about it.