Gov. Noem Settles The Score With Mayor Durkan As Big Cities See Spikes In Homicide Rates

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Republican Governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, took to Twitter Friday in series of tweets, settling the score with Democratic Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan as big cities across the country continue to see spikes in homicide rates.

Governor Noem’s tweets come after she had slammed Democrat-led cities during Wednesday’s airing of the Republican National Convention, which prompted MSNBC host Rachel Maddow to “interject” immediately following Noem’s appearance, and cited that the network would “interject when we feel like there’s something that’s important and deliberate and very wrong that should be corrected just so that we feel responsible about our broadcast.” Maddow then brought Durkan onto the segment, and she attempted to blame President Trump and Fox News for hindering her ability to serve as mayor during Seattle’s chaotic times

Governor Kristi Noem settled the score with Mayor Durkan in series of tweets: “In Today, the rule of law is under attack in America. In cities across the country, violent mobs are running rampant. They’re looting, rioting, and destroying property, businesses, and – in some cases – people’s dreams,” she wrote.

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Governor Noem went on to say: “For those of us in positions of leadership, it is our duty to respond and to protect our people. After all, violent, lawless mobs are emboldened when good men and women stand by and do nothing. Unfortunately, in too many places, that’s exactly what’s happening.”

“This past week, I denounced the violence in these cities. The Mayor of Seattle, Jenny Durkan, didn’t appreciate the spotlight it shown on her city. Durkan took to MSNBC to say that I’m ‘not only wrong,’ but ‘purposefully wrong,'” she said.

“Though @MayorJenny’s rhetoric sounds nice, the facts dispute it. Seattle’s murder rate is up 44% this year. Some of that increase is directly attributable to the CHOP/CHAZ area of her downtown, with barricades erected and signs stating, ‘You are now leaving the USA'”, Noem tweeted.

“Durkan seems to have forgotten that rioters in CHOP/CHAZ terrorized residents, demanded tribute from business owners, and generated frequent shootings,” she wrote.

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“It is the duty of leaders like Durkan to protect their people from such violence. But instead of allowing her police department to do that, Durkan proposed slashing their budget and freezing new hires. Similar stories are playing out in other cities,” Gov. Noem explained.

“Leaders, afraid of backlash from the mob, turn their ire on the very law enforcement officers trying to keep us safe. The media is making the problem worse. They repeatedly refer to violent rioters as ‘peaceful protesters,’ giving cover to the mob,” she said.

“Earlier this week, as Kenosha burned on camera for all to see, CNN referred to the riots there as a ‘fiery but mostly peaceful protest’, the South Dakota Governor wrote, including a screenshot of CNN.

“Last night, one block from the White House, Senator Rand Paul was violently attacked by rioters – even having a bike thrown at him. He was protected by law enforcement, because – again, unsurprisingly – they continue to do their job,” she said, including a video.

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“It doesn’t have to be this way, especially not in the United States of America. To those tired of living in these cities, if you want a better home to raise your children, grow your business, and live your life in peace, I encourage you to come to South Dakota,” she urged.

“South Dakota respects freedom. We breathe fresh air. And we love our country. We’d love for you to join us. Visit to learn more,” Gov. Noem added.

(Related: Gov. Noem Responds After Maddow & Seattle Mayor Rebuff Her RNC Speech: “Where Was Mayor Durkan When CHOP Or CHAZ Took Over Her City?”)