SD Politicians Speak Out On Trump’s 2005 Comments

Rep. Kristi Noem "I plan to vote for Donald Trump”

The backlash has sent shockwaves throughout the country.

A 2005 tape of presidential nominee Donald Trump making controversial comments about women.

Within hours, Governor Dennis Daugaard, Senator John Thune and Representative Kristi Noem, all Republicans, took to twitter posting against him.

But during a U.S. House debate today, Noem continued to show support for Trump.

“I plan to vote for Donald Trump,” says Noem. “If Hillary Clinton becomes president, I’m going to be a check and balance to her administration. If Donald Trump gets elected president, I’m going to send him conservative legislation that he can sign into law.”

“I think that that speaks volumes about judgment,” says the Democratic candidate, who took a different approach.

“When I look in the mirror, I see nothing that aligns with Donald Trump,” says Hawks.

While Noem doesn’t agree with the comments Trump has made about women stating, “the things that he said are horrific,” she says Hillary Clinton is not a viable option.

And when it comes to a candidate being a role model, “I don’t look to either candidate to be a role model,” says Rep. Noem. “When I look for a role model, I look to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

“You have a responsibility as a public servant to be a role model and that includes the decisions you make, the judgments you act upon and the policies you support,” counters Hawks.

Hawks and The South Dakota Democratic Party say they’re happy some Republicans are standing up against Trump, instead of standing with him.

“It is encouraging when we see Sen. Thune and Gov. Daugaard finally coming to their senses, and seeing Donald Trump does not have the temperament to be their party’s nominee,” says South Dakota Democratic Party Executive Director Suzanne Jones Pranger.

The party also released a statement saying, “it was extremely troubling to hear Kristi Noem double down on her support of Donald Trump, even after the release of a video week where Trump brags about actions that amount to sexual assault.”

KDLT News reached out the South Dakota Republican Party about their thoughts on Trumps comments, and the responding tweets.

They stated “at this time, we defer to our elected Republican leaders to comment on the matter.”