(LibertySociety.com) – As the Black Hills area of South Dakota welcomes over 700,000 rally goers at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Governor Kristi Noem (R-SD) rebuffs claims the celebration could be a superspreader event.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the president’s chief medical advisor and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), expressed concerns the gathering might cause another COVID surge. Noem said perhaps Fauci should care more about the number of unchecked COVID-19 cases streaming across the US southern border than her state’s Sturgis tradition.
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) August 6, 2021
Throughout the pandemic, Noem has had one consistent message: Give people the information they need to keep themselves safe, and let them make their own choices.
Even as the Delta variant spreads, she doesn’t believe governors have the authority to close businesses or mandate restrictive policies. Instead, Noem holds the opinion that personal responsibility is more in line with American freedoms, and citizens have the right to protect their own health however they see fit.
Dr. Fauci, on the other hand, says he understands people want to return to normal but insists pretending the pandemic is under control doesn’t make it so.
But as the governor rides into the middle of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip campground with few masks evident, she sends a clear message: She has faith in the people of the United States and has no intention of infringing on their rights.
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