South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem dropped the hammer on the Biden administration for not providing a reason for refusing to allow a fireworks display at Mount Rushmore for its Independence Day celebration calling the move ‘punitive.’
“There was no reason to deny us this permit unless it was for political reasons,” Noem said today on Fox. She also said: “We’re disappointed there won’t be fireworks here this year. At the last minute, when President Biden came into office, the National Park Service pulled our permit to host the fireworks.”
“Our belief is truly that it was political. I believe that Biden administration pulled the fireworks from us to be punitive. They did not like us hosting it last year in the middle of COVID. They did not like the fact that President Trump was here celebrating with us, and that they had the ability to stop us from doing it this year.
“And they’re doing it for arbitrary reasons. They don’t want to celebrate America by honoring these founders on our mountain that led our country through challenging times.
“They have been taking down monuments across this country, and South Dakota has stood here and proudly held up our former leaders, recognizing that we can learn everything from everybody in the past that has led us.
“We never once said they were perfect, but we did say they were important to the foundation of this country, our freedoms and the constitution that still keeps America special.
“I truly believe under the Administrative Procedures Act that this Biden administration violated it and that we have standing.
“You know, my, my federal judges are all Democrat-appointed. So, I know that my first challenge is always going to be difficult to win. But we have a path to victory and I won’t give up.”
Gov. Kristi Noem is deploying 50 S. Dakota National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border in response to Texas Gov. Abbott's "request for help" with illegal border crossings. pic.twitter.com/oU3zLLPqAp— Kadia Goba (@kadiagoba) June 29, 2021
Our @SD_Guard is the best in the country. They've been ranked #1 in America for 3 years in a row. And every single guardsman heading to the border stepped up to help Texas in their efforts to secure the border. They're prepared, and they'll serve with excellence. pic.twitter.com/i3X9EzhxGh— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) July 1, 2021
Little Valentina Duffy is such a beautiful baby, and she happens to have Down Syndrome. Several pro-life bills that I signed are becoming law in South Dakota TODAY, including a ban on abortions based on a Down syndrome diagnosis. We're protecting the right to life of all SD kids. pic.twitter.com/SDGsjR5JbJ— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) July 1, 2021