South Dakota is, by any measure, one of the hardest-hit states by the coronavirus surge in the United States right now. Yet, amid a rapidly worsening situation Governor Kristi Noem is making sure people know that if President-elect Joe Biden moves to institute a national mask mandate, she won’t comply. In his latest episode of The Point, CNN’s Chris Cillizza explains how Noem is choosing politics over safety to propel her national standing within the Republican Party.
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