Donald Trump defends ‘terrific’ Kristi Noem blaming ‘bad week’ for shooting puppy

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Donald Trump has described North Dakota Governor Kristi Noem as “terrific” saying she had “a bad week” when she shot and killed a family dog.

The former US president, who is now running for a second term in the White House, shared his opinion on the politician who months ago topped a poll of candidates to run as vice-president for the November election. In her memoir “No Going Back: The Truth on What’s Wrong with Politics and How We Move America Forward”, Noem described graphic details about how she led her 14-month-old puppy, Cricket – that she described as “less than worthless” – to a gravel pit and put him down using a firearm.

She then did the same thing with a goat she had at her farm, which, she says, smelled “disgusting, musky, rancid.” The revelations sparked disgust and widespread condemnation from people across a wide political spectrum – but not from Trump, who defended her on the Clay Travis and Buck Sexton podcast saying: “I think [Noem’s] terrific. A couple of rough stories, there’s no question about it.

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Kristi Noem has been criticised after admitting she shot and killed her dog
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Trump said Noem had ‘a bad week’
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“And when explained – the dog story, people hear that and people from different parts of the country probably feel a bit differently, but that’s a tough story.” Trump added: “She had a bad week. We all have bad weeks.”

Trump seemed to imply that Noem was not totally responsible for the book’s content as he continued: “Until this week, she was doing incredibly well. And she got hit hard, and sometimes you do books, and you have some guy writing a book and you maybe don’t read it as carefully, you know.

“You have ghostwriters too. They help you, and they, in this case, didn’t help too much.” Noem was also forced to explain why an anecdote in her book about meeting North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un “should not have been in the book.” The admissions in her book raised extensive criticism and are believed to have harmed her changes as a potential running mate of Trump.






Ms Noem is a rabid supporter of gun lobby National Rifle Association


Ms Noem is a rabid supporter of gun lobby National Rifle Association
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After the report disclosing her shocking admission emerged, Noem took to social media to affirm her actions and leverage the attention to promote her new book. Moreover, she added that she recently “had to put down” three horses. In a post on X, Noem shared a screengrab of the Guardian’s report on her book and wrote: “We love animals, but tough decisions like this happen all the time on a farm. Sadly, we just had to put down 3 horses a few weeks ago that had been in our family for 25 years.”

“If you want more real, honest, and politically INcorrect stories that’ll have the media gasping, preorder ‘No Going Back’,” she bragged. PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien expressed her repulsion at Noem in a fiery statement.

She said: “Most Americans love their dogs, and we suspect that they’ll consider Gov. Kristi Noem a psychotic loony for letting this rambunctious puppy loose on chickens and then punishing her by deciding to personally blow her brains out rather than attempting to train her or find a more responsible guardian who could provide her with a proper home. Noem obviously fails to understand the vital political concepts of education, cooperation, compromise, and compassion.”






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Trump described Noem as ‘terrific’
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Wayne Pacelle, the president of Animal Wellness Action and the Center for a Humane Economy, also released a statement about the slaying, saying: “There’s no rational and plausible excuse for Noem shooting a juvenile dog for normal puppy-like behavior. If she is unable to handle an animal, ask a family member or a neighbor to help. If training and socializing the dog doesn’t work, then give the dog to a more caring family or to a shelter for adoption.”

He continued: “Raising and caring for a dog takes patience and kindness. Tens of millions of Americans who know and love dogs have to wonder about a person who expresses hatred for a young female dog and kills her.”

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