South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem looked past President Trump in a speech to Republican National Committee members, saying the party’s failure to deliver for people on key issues led to defeat in a pair of Senate runoff elections that handed control of the Senate to the Democratic Party.
Noem, a potential 2024 contender, has been a strong Trump ally, campaigning for him across the country during the 2020 campaign. But speaking to RNC members Thursday during a private luncheon in Florida during the party’s annual winter business meeting, two weeks before Trump leaves office, Noem said Republicans have fallen short on issues ranging from healthcare to immigration to fiscal discipline. The governor blamed those failures for what happened in Georgia on Tuesday.
“Republicans have had chances to deliver for the American people, and, in the past, we haven’t always followed through,” Noem said. “So, here’s the facts, the facts [are] that we got our butts kicked in