Trump encourages South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem to primary Sen. John Thune

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President Trump on Friday encouraged South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem to launch a primary challenge in 2022 against Sen. John Thune, the No. 2-ranking Republican in the U.S. Senate.

“I hope to see the great Governor of South Dakota @KristiNoem, run against RINO @SenJohnThune, in the upcoming 2022 Primary,” Mr. Trump said on Twitter.

Mr. Trump said last month that Mr. Thune – who the president called “Mitch’s boy” – will be primaried in 2022, though he didn’t offer specific potential challengers.

“She would do a fantastic job in the U.S. Senate, but if not Kristi, others are already lining up,” Mr. Trump said of Ms. Noem on Friday. “South Dakota wants strong leadership, NOW!”

Mr. Thune likely earned the president’s ire for saying that House Republicans’ push to challenge the Electoral College results on Jan. 6 would go down like a “shot dog” in the Senate.

Ms. Noem said last month that she would not be challenging Mr. Thune and that she plans to run for re-election in 2022.

Some supporters have floated Ms. Noem as a potential contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, when Mr. Trump could also give it another go for the White House.

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