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The political-literary fiasco of Kristi Noem’s memoir

The political-literary fiasco of Kristi Noem’s memoir

By launching next Tuesday No return, her second memoir since 2022, Kristi Noem, Republican governor of South Dakota and potential running mate of Donald Trump, walks a well-trodden path. As an ambitious politician, she wants to take advantage of the book’s publication to raise her profile on a national scale. However, judging by her first interviews, which follow a murderous uproar over a bloody passage in the book, she is in very bad shape. Preliminary assessment of a political-literary fiasco.




Dog killer

No return achieved the rare feat of provoking bipartisan disgust after publication in the Guardian from a passage about Cricket, a 14-month-old dog. Kristi Noem says she shot the wirehaired pointer with a bullet because of its unsuitability for pheasant hunting and its aggressive behavior. According to the governor, the anecdote illustrates her ability to take on thankless tasks herself. Several Americans, from all parties, have concluded instead that there was a lack of judgment and courage. No matter: Kristi Noem did it again on Sunday by suggesting that Joe Biden’s German Shepherd, Commander, deserved the same fate as Cricket. “Joe Biden’s dog attacked 24 Secret Service members. How many people do you have to dangerously attack and injure before you decide on a dog? “, she told CBS.

Large-scale manufacturer?

If Kristi Noem remains a dog killer in the eyes of some Americans, perhaps she will also become a large-scale manufacturer to others, a kind of George Santos of the Great Plains. In the wake of GuardianTHE Dakota Scouta Sioux Falls newspaper, unearthed another striking passage No return. The governor discusses her “meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un” during her stay in the House of Representatives. “I’m sure he underestimated me because he had no idea of ​​my experience fighting little bullies (after all, I had been a children’s pastor),” you can read in his recollections. Elsewhere in the book, we learn that Kristi Noem canceled a meeting in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron at the last minute because of “a very pro-Hamas and anti-Israel comment to the press.”

PHOTO PROVIDED BY KOREAN CENTRAL NEWS OFFICE, ASSOCIATED PRESS ARCHIVES

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on April 22

The “mistakes” of a pen holder

According to Dakota ScoutThe Élysée denies that a meeting between Emmanuel Macron and Kristi Noem was on the president’s agenda. What about meeting Kim Jong-un? A spokesperson for South Dakota’s governor said it was one of “two small mistakes” that crept in No return. “This information was passed on to the editor and publisher. Kim Jong-un was on a list of world leaders and should not have done that,” he said. Kristi Noem remains vague on the matter. “I have met several foreign leaders,” she told CBS on Sunday. “I will not talk about my specific meetings with world leaders. This anecdote should not have been in the book,” she added, giving the impression that the subject was a state secret. Kristi Noem visited the Korean Demilitarized Zone.

Nikki Haley’s ‘menace’

And what about the other ‘mistake’ made by the pen writer who wrote No return ? The book places a phone conversation between Kristi Noem and Nikki Haley in the summer of 2021 instead of November 2020. But it is the content of this conversation that is causing controversy. The governor of South Dakota says she interpreted the call as a threat to her. “It was clear she wanted me to know that there was only room for one Republican woman in the spotlight. It was strange,” we read in his memoirs. A spokesperson for Nikki Haley said: “She called Governor Noem in 2020 to encourage her when she was criticized for keeping her state open during the COVID-19 pandemic. The way she turned that into a threat is just bizarre. »

PHOTO NICOLE CRAINE, THE NEW YORK TIMES ARCHIVES

Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley at a partisan event last February

The hope of being chosen

Despite the controversies that preceded the publication of her memoir, Kristi Noem has not given up hope of being chosen as Donald Trump’s running mate, far from it. “He knows I will do everything in my power to help him win,” she told Fox News Digital. “But every day it becomes clear to me that our way of life is under attack. And unless he gets into the White House, this country will face very difficult times. » For his part, it appears that Donald Trump has not removed Kristi Noem’s name from the list of his potential running mates. “Kristi Noem fought incredibly hard for me,” he said in an interview that aired Sunday on Fox News. “She said, ‘I’ll never face him because I can’t beat him.’ That was a very nice thing to say. »