Written by Ashton Snyder on
 April 29, 2024

Kristi Noem's Vice Presidential Hopes Marred by Pet Euthanasia Controversy

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has stirred controversy with her startling admission in her forthcoming book that she personally killed her family's dog and a goat, Daily Mail reported.

This disclosure is critical as she is considered a potential running mate for former President Donald Trump in the 2024 election. Gov. Noem’s candid revelations could potentially impact her political future, particularly her chances of becoming Trump’s vice presidential nominee.

According to her upcoming book, "No Going Back: The Truth on What's Wrong with Politics and How We Move America Forward," Gov. Noem justifies her actions by citing South Dakota law, which allows the euthanization of dogs that threaten livestock. She explains that the dog, Cricket, had exhibited aggressive behavior, including biting humans.

The Political Implications of Personal Conduct

These events and Noem's rigid stance on policies such as abortion have drawn unflattering comparisons with Vice President Kamala Harris, who has struggled with low approval ratings and faced misogynistic criticisms. Critics within political circles, including those close to Trump’s campaign, have labeled Noem a "lightweight," echoing concerns about Harris.

The person close to Trump's campaign explicitly mentioned, "We can't afford a Kamala problem," indicating fears that Noem's controversies might mirror Harris' public relations challenges.

Noem defended her actions, stating, "The fact is, South Dakota law states that dogs who attack and kill livestock can be put down. Given that Cricket had shown aggressive behavior toward people by biting them, I decided what I did was necessary." Her stance reflects a broader sentiment that aligns with her gubernatorial responsibilities and her life on a ranch.

Debate Over Animal Welfare and Political Repercussions

Not everyone agrees with Gov. Noem's methods. Alyssa Farah, a former Trump communications aide, criticized the decision to euthanize the dog, arguing that many organizations exist that could have rehomed Cricket instead of resorting to euthanasia. This critique highlights a divide in opinions on animal welfare, even among conservatives.

In her book, Noem also recounts the euthanasia of three elderly horses, suggesting that such decisions are commonplace in rural and ranching lifestyles. While common in agricultural communities, this aspect of her personal life might not resonate well with urban voters, potentially influencing her political image.

Vice President Kamala Harris, for her part, has addressed criticisms of her laugh, calling out the misogynistic undertones. She remarked, "It's misogynistic when people criticize my laugh because America is still getting used to having a woman VP." This statement from Harris underscores the gender dynamics at play in the political arena.

Trump's Strategic Choices for the 2024 Vice Presidential Run

Speculation continues about who will join Trump on the Republican ticket for the 2024 presidential run. Other potential candidates include Senator Tim Scott, Representative Elise Stefanik, and Senator J.D. Vance. Each brings different strengths and political backgrounds, making a vice presidential candidate a pivotal decision for Trump.

The public’s sensitivity towards how political figures treat animals has been a contentious issue in past elections. Historical examples include negative advertisements against Sarah Palin and Dr. Mehmet Oz, which centered around their treatment of animals.

Gov. Noem concludes in her narrative that whether running a ranch or in politics, "I have never passed on my responsibilities to anyone else to handle." She views her decisions as necessary, though they may continue to spark debate as she remains in the political spotlight.

In summary, Governor Kristi Noem's handling of personal and political responsibilities — especially her decision to euthanize her dog Cricket — has opened her up to scrutiny that may affect her chances of becoming the next vice president. Her forthcoming book, set to release on May 7, will likely provide more insights into her political and personal philosophy, potentially swaying public opinion further.

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