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The GOP Governor's Fawning 'Trump' Message Is Defective.
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The GOP Governor's Fawning 'Trump' Message Is Defective.


While most Americans celebrated the Fourth of July, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) spent a portion of hers posing for frowny photos meant to mock President Joe Biden.

It didn't go quite as planned.

Noem shared photos of what she called "Trump's America" and "Joe Biden's America":

#SparklersSuck https://t.co/s45iB7eWrU — Kristi Noem (@KristiNoem) July 5, 2021

Her images of “Biden’s America” were of herself and her family looking sad, whereas the image labeled “Trump’s America” appeared to be from last year’s Independence Day celebration at Mount Rushmore, but Twitter sleuths quickly noticed that it was actually taken long before Donald Trump ever took office:

It appears that the image used by Kristi Noem as an example of the Fourth of July in "Trump's America" was taken during the Obama Administration https://t.co/n4Oxgneeqx pic.twitter.com/1D3SrE8MFn — Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) July 5, 2021

The image was cropped to remove the credit owed to photographer Matt Halvorson, who posted it on his website in 2015, saying it was from "a few years ago" and a composite made by combining his photos of fireworks with one of his images of the landmark.

The use of fireworks at Mount Rushmore was discontinued in 2010 due to the "unacceptable risk of wildfire." Additionally, tribal leaders have objected to the displays, which take place on land they consider sacred.

Despite the protests of tribal leaders, Trump reinstated them in 2020.

This year, the National Parks Service denied South Dakota officials' request to hold a fireworks celebration, and Noem took the matter to court and lost.

Users on Twitter reacted angrily to the governor's awkward tweet:

#TrumpistTears are a nice 4th of July weekend gift. https://t.co/1Irit6o0ly — Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) July 5, 2021

I'm sorry for missing this; I was too busy enjoying being able to go outside with other groups of people again. https://t.co/FMxg1q98HY — Ken Schultz (@kenschultz_) July 5, 2021

The governor of South Dakota stole a photo from @matt_halvorson, cropped out his name, and then claimed it was from "Trump's America" when it was taken more than a decade ago: https://t.co/VG8iCMJrhi https://t.co/iYyVCgDIGX — Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) July 5, 2021

Wow @KristiNoem, check out these 555 ft 'sparklers' as tall as the Washington Monument that I and thousands of others saw in DC yesterday with the president for 17 minutes and no one attacked the Capitol, amazing #BidensAmerica pic.twitter.com/3FyX0mqFVV — Maria de los Angeles (@vicequeenmaria) July 5, 2021

This is beyond embarrassing, you're the governor of a state — Ian Boudreau (@iboudreau) July 5, 2021

You'll never be president or vice president, and using a photo of your family looking unhappy on Independence Day while the rest of us celebrate America is as cynical a use of human props as I've seen in a long time. Fight your own battles—don't exploit your children for political gain https://t.co/lQmXZd6cPs — Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) July 5, 2021

Lol just say you don't want to spend time with your family and move on https://t.co/7n4122jh1u — Emma Lipscomb (@em_lipsco) July 5, 2021

Love it, Kristi! One minor correction: “Trump’s America” should be people on ventilators. — Jay Black (@jayblackisfunny) July 5, 2021

Actually, this is Trump's America: a domestic terrorist attack waged by white supremacists and other Trump Traitors to destabilize our democracy. You are either with the USA or with Trump. Period. pic.twitter.com/VbUFIVLqR4 — (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah)) July 5, 2021

“Whatever remains of my state after I let COVID run wild will be burned down by wildfires!” — Dennis Perkins (@DennisPerkins5) July 5, 2021

It's still early, but this is a contender for the most illogical tweet of the day: https://t.co/pkivqJgftv — Joe Hunter (@MrJoeHunter) July 5, 2021

The party of family values wants it known how unhappy they are when forced to spend time with their families. https://t.co/uikBN0Va89 — t. cashman avila (@tcashmanavila) July 5, 2021

GOPocalypse Now (@GOPocalypseNow) July 5, 2021

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