South Dakota Gov. Kris Noem is pushing back against a report published by a conservative website this week claiming she’s been having an extramarital affair with Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
“These rumors are total garbage and a disgusting lie,” Noem said in a tweet yesterday. “These old, tired attacks on conservative women are based on a falsehood that we can’t achieve anything without a man’s help.”
The “family values” Republican, who fears God and hates LGBTQ people, went on to say that she loves her husband, Bryon, very much and she’s not going to let this nonsense keep her from doing her job, which is running her state as deeply into the ground as possible by ignoring science and issuing draconian executive orders before her terms ends in 2023.
These rumors are total garbage and a disgusting lie. These old, tired attacks on conservative women are based on a falsehood that we can't achieve anything without a man's help.
I love Bryon. I'm proud of the God-fearing family we've raised together. Now I'm getting back to work
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) September 29, 2021
Rumors of the affair began when the right-wing blog American Greatness alleged Noem and Lewandowski have been seeing each other for some time now and that their relationship isn’t exactly a secret among GOP insiders.
“There are members of Congress close to Mar-a-Lago who have called the affair ‘an open secret’ and worried about Noem’s viability as a national candidate and within the movement,” a source claimed.
At the same time that story broke, another story involving Lewandowski was published by Politico alleging that he made unwanted sexual advances toward a female Trump donor at a Las Vegas charity event, where Noem was also in attendance, last weekend.
In a statement, his attorney, David Chesnoff, said, “Accusations and rumors appear to be morphing by the minute and we will not dignify them with a further response.”
In addition to allegedly hooking up with Lewandowski, Noem was also accused this week of abusing her power by using her position as governor to get her daughter Kassidy’s application to be a certified real estate appraiser approved after it was initially denied, then forcing the woman who denied it to retire, a charge she is also denying.
Here’s what Twitter is saying about the whole mess…
You can still have an affair, still love Bryon, your husband, and still be proud off the family you raised together. None are exclusive of the other.
— Carla Clarke (@CarlaClarke1) September 29, 2021
Sex scandals? Extramarital affairs? Bribery? Investigations by an AG?
Kristi Noem just became the 2024 GOP frontrunner.
— Keith Edwards (@keithedwards) September 29, 2021
Me, thinking about Kristi Noem and Corey Lewandowski doing it pic.twitter.com/zGXh05R2wg
— Mister Race Bannon (@MrRaceBannon) September 30, 2021
The Kristi Noem alleged affair story with Corey Lewandowski is gross, but Noem’s abuse of power is so much more disgusting. Noem needs to resign.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) September 29, 2021
When I just read that SD governor @KristiNoem is cheating on her husband by banging, of all people, Corey Lewandowski, I wasn't even surprised. It's always the most anti-LGBTQ (because "family values") vocal conservative bigots who are the ones cheating, f*%king, and stealing. https://t.co/olvIeDgySD
— Chris Wiggins ???? (@CWNewser) September 29, 2021
Also Bryon… pic.twitter.com/MsYQ2uP52M
— Patrick from Florida 🌴🌴 (@Pmfjfla) September 29, 2021
Kristi Noem is having a banner news day: Extramarital affair, expensive office furniture, controversy over daughter’s real estate license pic.twitter.com/pfVrx5wOB3
— Cozy TV Cat Lover (@Cozytvcatlover) September 29, 2021
What’s grosser than gross?
When you throw your underwear at the wall and it sticks.
What’s grosser than that?
Kristi Noem & Corey f’ng Lewandowski doin’ the nasty.
— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) September 29, 2021
— Padraic Duffy (@paddybrendan) September 29, 2021
Breaking news: Kristi Noem has an affair with Corey Lewandowski.
Kristi Noem: who wants fireworks on Mount Rushmore … pic.twitter.com/NJK1a4fvl7
— teatime75 (@teatime75) September 29, 2021
Corey lewandowski and Kristi Noem having an affair is absolutely hilarious…..party of family values ?
— Thee Kaylee (@WhiskeyPanda24) September 29, 2021
Graham Gremore is the Features Editor and a Staff Writer at Queerty. Follow him on Twitter @grahamgremore.