South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem Faces Backlash Over Controversial Actions Described in Her Book

 April 27, 2024

In a candid disclosure from her upcoming book, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has sparked considerable debate.

According to Daily Mail, Governor Kristi Noem narrates how she ended the lives of her pet dog and a family goat to demonstrate her capability to manage challenging situations, in her soon-to-release book.

This narrative emerges as Governor Noem details the incidents in "No Going Back: The Truth on What's Wrong with Politics and How We Move America Forward," which is scheduled for publication on May 7.

As the political scene buzzes with speculation over potential vice-presidential candidates for Donald Trump, this revelation has attracted a storm of controversy.

The Tension Between Duty and Morality

The decision, as Governor Noem describes, stemmed from her assessment of the dog, Cricket—a 14-month-old wirehair pointer—being untrainable and a danger. The dog had previously disrupted a pheasant hunt with erratic behavior and had killed chickens from a local family.

Considering the safety risks, Governor Noem chose to euthanize Cricket by shooting her in a gravel pit on her property. Following this, she also dealt with a problematic family goat, which she described as mean and particularly troublesome towards her children.

Both of these actions, which the Governor deems as "difficult, messy, and ugly," but necessary, occurred just before her children returned from school, leaving them unaware of the events that had transpired.

Reflections Shared in Her Forthcoming Book

Governor Noem’s reflections point to these actions as hard but essential. She discusses them in the context of leadership, suggesting that they are indicative of her capacity to handle tough decisions. Her narrative continues, explaining that the realization dawned upon her abruptly after the first incident: "It was not a pleasant job, but it had to be done. And after it was over, I realized another unpleasant job needed to be done."

Reactions to Governor Noem's actions have been strong and varied. Critic Rick Wilson directly challenged her narrative, stating, "Unsporting and deliberately cruel ... but she wrote this to prove the cruelty is the point." The backlash was not just limited to public outcry. Wilson contrasts Noem’s decision unfavorably to his own experience with a non-field suitable dog, pointing out the humane alternative of not involving the dog in hunting, rather than euthanizing it.

Adding to the intrigue are Noem’s own words about the potential risk these admissions hold for her political career: "I guess if I were a better politician I wouldn't tell the story here." Governor Noem's transparency in her book might speak to a certain forthrightness, but it also raises questions about the nature of "tough decisions" in leadership roles. Her decision and the ensuing conversation underscore a broader debate about the ethical dimensions of leadership and the responsibilities of public officials toward their personal and public duties.


In Governor Noem's narrative, these incidents emerge as stark illustrations of decision-making in her life and career.

These expressions in her book are meant to frame her readiness and resolve to address considerable challenges, though they also expose her to significant critique regarding the nature of these decisions.

This story encapsulates a deeper contemplation on the intersections of personal actions and public perceptions, ultimately questioning the bounds of duty and morality in leadership.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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