South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem’s grandmother died on November 22nd in a nursing home. Arlys Arnold passed away at the age of 98, and Daily Beast special correspondent Michael Daly used this death as leverage to attack the governor for her Wuhan Flu response…  despite Arnold’s death having nothing to do with the pandemic. 

“Anti-Mask Guv’s Grandmother Died in Nursing Home Ravaged by COVID,” the headline read. Although there had been an uptick in cases at the nursing home, Arnold had tested negative for the Wuhan Flu.

Daly was looking for an excuse to attack the governor, so he took advantage of her grandmother’s death. This is dishonest and disgusting.

I met Gov. Noem when I was hunting in South Dakota a couple weeks ago. I was impressed. She has faith in the citizens of her state to do the right thing when given all the evidence and information she has. She doesn’t believe the government has the right to say whose job or business is essential. And she is “following the science” because the hospitals are not overflowing in South Dakota and death rates are not skyrocketing. In my opinion, she’s been the best of the Governors on COVID, refusing to give into media panic despite pressure and instead trusting the citizens of her state. That’s self-governance. 

“I’ve always taken #COVID19 very seriously, but South Dakota trusted our citizens to exercise their personal responsibility to keep themselves and their loved-ones safe,” Noem tweeted in July.

Fox News transcribed some of the many Twitter users who ripped The Daily Beast for the piece.

“Second sentence of the piece: “The 98-year-old grandmother, Aldys Arnold, is said by Noem’s office to have tested negative for the virus” This is why people loathe media,” tweeted TV host Dana Loesch. 

“What a disgusting, opportunistic, utterly shameful article by @MichaelDalynyc. @KristiNoem’s grandmother did not die from COVID, stop using deaths to make your political points,” tweeted Reagan Battalion. 

The Daily Beast should apologize for the smearing Gov. Noem during a time of great personal loss. 

Hat Tip: Fox News,  Daily Beast

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Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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