The Mt. Rushmore State is more than 1,300 miles away from the U.S-Mexico border.
Yet, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem seems to think that the road to the Oval Office runs through the Rio Grande. The Republican will soon deploy up to 50 National Guard troops to Texas to help secure the southern border. This week, Noem said she’ll send another 125 troops in the coming months.
And, there’s one more detour. To pay the freight for this political stunt, the South Dakotan is accepting a donation from a GOP mega-donor billionaire who doesn’t even live in South Dakota but resides in Tennessee.
Does anyone else feel like they need a map of the United States just to keep track of this story?
Much of the blame for this chaotic state of affairs, involving multiple states, belongs to the GOP’s “Alarmist-In-Chief”: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
It is Abbott who continues to irresponsibly characterize as an “invasion” the arrival at the border of thousands of desperate women, children and families escaping violence in Central America in search of refugee status and a fresh start in the United States.