President Trump urges Noem to challenge Thune in 2022 primary
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has said he hopes that Governor Kristi Noem might mount a primary challenge against incumbent U.S. Senator John Thune of South Dakota in a tweet earlier Friday.
Looking towards the Republican primary for Thune’s Senate seat in 2022, Trump tweeted that he supported the possibility of Noem serving in the Senate, but that she wasn’t the only qualified contender.
I hope to see the great Governor of South Dakota @KristiNoem, run against RINO @SenJohnThune, in the upcoming 2022 Primary. She would do a fantastic job in the U.S. Senate, but if not Kristi, others are already lining up. South Dakota wants strong leadership, NOW!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2021
President Trump previously criticized Senator Thune in a December 22, 2020 tweet, saying Thune would face a primary challenger after refusing to support a challenge of the 2020 Electoral College results.
Republicans in the Senate so quickly forget. Right now they would be down 8 seats without my backing them in the last Election. RINO John Thune, “Mitch’s boy”, should just let it play out. South Dakota doesn’t like weakness. He will be primaried in 2022, political career over!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2020
Governor Noem has stated in the past that she would not challenge Thune for the seat.