South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem defends book excerpt killing dog and goat

According to an excerpt, which was obtained by The Guardian, Noem killed her dog Cricket because the dog was “untrainable,” “dangerous

In the excerpt, Noem writes she attempted to tame the dog, who she said behaved “like a trained assassin,”

“It was not a pleasant job,” Noem writes, according to The Guardian, “but it had to be done. And after it was over, I realized another unpleasant job needed to be done.”

Aiming to distinguish herself from typical politicians, Noem writes, “I guess if I were a better politician I wouldn’t tell the story here.”

Posting a picture of the Guardian article, Noem said that her actions were not unusual on a farm.

Noem, a staunch Trump supporter, is one of several politicians whom Trump has acknowledged are on his running mate shortlist.

Earlier in April, Noem told CNN’s Dana Bash that she would support Trump even if he is convicted in the New York hush money trial.

Noem and former presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy each received 15% of votes in the straw poll.

Last year, when everyone was asking me if I was going to consider running for president, I said no. Why would you run for president if you can’t win?” Noem said.

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