‘This Is How We Do Social Distancing’: South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem Posts Video Of Herself Shooting Bird

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Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem posted a video Wednesday to Twitter of herself shooting a bird in a cornfield.

“This is how we do social distancing in South Dakota,” Noem tweeted above the video.


“I’m Kristi Noem, governor of South Dakota,” she said. “This is how we do social distancing in our state.”

The South Dakota governor turned and shot at a bird three times, hitting it on the third attempt, then turned and said, “Less COVID, more hunting. That’s the plan for the future.”

Noem has been a source of both praise and criticism for her decision to avoid lockdowns and statewide masking mandates in South Dakota in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The state made headlines after a large outbreak at a Sioux Falls pork processing plan early in the pandemic, but cases fell flat for several months before a late-August uptick of between 200 and 400 cases per day. However, South Dakota has recorded only 202 deaths with no more than eight on a single day since the pandemic began. (RELATED: ‘I Believe In Our Freedoms And Liberties’: South Dakota Governor Responds To Critics Of State’s Coronavirus Response)

Many took issue with Noem after one study linked over 265,000 cases to a 10-day motorcycle rally in Sturgiss, but the governor and state health officials decried the model-based study as “fiction.”