The former president holds a commanding lead in the Republican race for 2024, but that may change as he goes on trial for four criminal indictments.
The 91 criminal charges against him ― many for orchestrating a plot to stay in power despite his 2020 defeat ― didn’t seem to deter Noem at all from her rosy view of running as Trump’s veep.
“If President Trump is going to be back in the White House, I’d do all I can to help him be successful,” she said.
Many of Noem’s causes hew close to Trump’s.
She recently bragged at an NRA convention that her toddler granddaughter already owns two guns. Her state bans all abortions except to save the life of a pregnant person. She has threatened to prosecute pharmacists who dispense abortion pills online through expanded FDA-approved access.
Noem’s name was floated previously as a potential presidential candidate, which she noted in her conversation with Hannity.
But she seemed receptive to a Trump-supporting role, which might pit her against conservative firebrands such as election-denying former governor candidate Kari Lake of Arizona and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.).
Critics on Twitter, now X, had plenty to say about Noem’s comments.