South Dakota Company Holds a Parade Celebrating Governor Kristi Noem’s Rational Management of the Wuhan Virus Crisis

On April 28, 2020, a South Dakota construction company held a parade that went past Republican Governor Kristi Noem’s home to express their gratitude for the way she has tackled the Wuhan virus pandemic.

Noem has gained national attention for her relatively lax approach to the matter. There is no statewide order to close businesses or have people stay home.

Noem tweeted about the parade on April 28, 2020, “I am so blessed to serve the people of the great State of South Dakota. You folks made my day!”

In a video she posted on her Facebook page, Noem declared that the procession, which John Morris of Fort Pierre-based Morris Inc. organized, was “literally hundreds of cars” in addition to fire trucks, tow trucks, and horse trailers. Noem also remarked that “it was overwhelming to me.”

“I just want to tell everybody thank you, and thank you to John for organizing it,” Noem continued. “Just know that I’m extremely humbled to be your governor, and blessed. … Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

If most Republican governors actually had a spine, they would be following in Noem’s footsteps and keep their states open.

As bad as the Wuhan virus is, it does not merit such a heavy-handed response.