South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has attracted attention for her high approval rating and her internet virality.
On Friday, Noem did it again.
She tweeted a picture of herself vetoing a bill from the legislature. Instead of a rubber stamp, she was using a branding iron, significantly larger than the traditional stamp.
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“I VETOED HB 1193. This bill adopts a definition of ‘money’ to specifically exclude crypto like Bitcoin. And it opens the door to the risk that the federal government could adopt a Central Bank Digital Currency,” Noem said, wielding an iron dipped in red ink. “South Dakota will always stand for Economic Freedom.”
Last year, Noem went viral on Christmas, after she posted a video of herself playing with her Christmas present: a flamethrower.
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I VETOED HB 1193. This bill adopts a definition of ‘money’ to specifically exclude crypto like Bitcoin. And it opens the door to the risk that the federal government could adopt a Central Bank Digital Currency.
South Dakota will always stand for Economic Freedom. pic.twitter.com/yqN2mPPaLj
— Kristi Noem (@KristiNoem) March 10, 2023
Gov. of South Dakota Kristi Noem uses the new flamethrower she got for Christmas pic.twitter.com/N62wubL6lD
— Ethan Harsell (@ethan_harsell) December 30, 2022
Noem alienated some conservatives, who asked for a distinction between Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
Still, Noem took the internet by storm with her branding iron.
“that’s cool. when i veto bills i have the bill printed out really huge on sheets of parchment and then i tattoo the word [veto] on it in a big glass box in times square like a criss angel magic trick,” one person joked on Twitter, as if to one-up the governor.
“I need one of those VETO brands for when my wife asks me to go shopping with her,” another person said.
A third person favorably compared Noem’s iron to a scene from the series Yellowstone.
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Some observers compared Noem to former Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat of Montana. Noem dipped a cold iron into red ink, but Schweitzer heated his iron to burn the word “veto” into a printout.
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You are reading my mind. I thought the same thing again. 🤣🤣🤣
— Melissa4HD23 (@Melissa4HD23) March 10, 2023
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