Republican Governor Kristi Noem publicly endorsed President Trump on Friday night.
During a fundraiser in Rapid City, South Dakota, Governor Kristi Noem stated “I will do everything I can to help him win and save this country.”
Noem who took the stage at the fundraiser just minutes before President Trump took the stage told the crowd “All of them told us that they had better things to do. But when President Trump was invited to come be with you tonight, he said, ‘I will be there.”
Watch the moment Noem endorsed Trump here:
🚨BREAKING: South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem endorses Trump for President.
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) September 9, 2023
Here’s what AP reported:
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem endorsed former President Donald Trump at a party fundraiser in Rapid City Friday night that doubled as an opportunity for Noem to showcase herself as a potential vice presidential pick.
As his rivals held town halls and meet-and-greets in early voting states, Trump headlined the South Dakota Republican Party’s “Monumental Leaders Rally” in Rapid City, where Noem, once considered a potential 2024 candidate in her own right, instead threw her support behind the former president.
“I will do everything I can to help him win and save this country,” Noem said as she formally offered her endorsement before Trump took the stage. She said all the other Republican presidential candidates had been invited to the event. “All of them told us that they had better things to do. But when President Trump was invited to come be with you tonight, he said, ‘I will be there,’” she said.
Trump, for his part, praised Noem as “one of the most successful governors in the entire nation” and said her endorsement “means a lot.”
Noem endorses Trump pic.twitter.com/YGhBsPmlUE
— Jill Anthony (@JillSAnthony) September 9, 2023
Here’s what The Hill reported:
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) on Friday took to the stage during a rally to endorse President Trump’s 2024 reelection bid.
“Tonight, Mr. President, my message is clear, it is an honor to have you with us here in South Dakota,” Noem said during the Monumental Leaders rally in Rapid City, S.D., adding, “You’ve made America Great Again once, let’s do it again.”
“He is the leader, the father that our country needs. He has my full and complete endorsement for president of the United States of America,” she continued. “I will do everything I can to help him win and save this country.”
Noem then introduced Trump, who is headlining the rally. While having a brief exchange, a graphic quickly appeared on the screen reading “Trump Noem 2024.”
“Kristi is a warrior for American values,” the former president said, thanking Noem for her endorsement and complimenting her on her policies in the state.
— David Cu (@davidcu97) September 9, 2023