Co-host Sara Haines said Thursday that Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem was effectively leaving frontline workers to be “sacrificial lambs.”
Haines argued during a segment of ABC’s “The View” that Noem, who has not locked down her state and has repeatedly declined to issue a statewide mask mandate, was contributing to the problem as coronavirus cases are on the rise. (RELATED: ‘A Slap In The Face To The Country’: Sara Haines Attacks Trump For Taking Off His Mask At White House)
“We are nine months into this pandemic. What the hell is going on?” Whoopi Goldberg began. “People — still not on the same page about all this? What is happening? What do you think? I mean it’s crazy, Sara.”
Haines said that the main problem was that the virus had been made a political issue, blaming President Donald Trump for “flagrantly disregarding the science” and turning refusal to wear a mask into “a rallying cry.”
She went on to say that the states with the highest number of cases per 100,000 residents were all red states with Republican governors “like the South Dakota governor who is really in the thick of it.”
“They have a 60% infection rate in their population, and she says she wants to — do good,” Haines continued. “I am blown away that she can’t seem to see that this — this is the frontline workers that are sacrificial lambs essentially.”
“I’m dumbfounded at this point that people aren’t getting on board,” Haines concluded.