Kristi Noem, Changing Optics, introduces new updo on Chris Cuomo

Republican Governor of South Dakota Kristi Noem was considered a VP candidate for the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee, former president Donald Trumpwhen she had her teeth ‘repaired’ (veneers) in March.

Noem was criticized for having the procedure done out of state (which involved two flights to Texas) and for starring in a five-minute informercial for the dental clinic, which she said was “amazing.”

Noem also recently came under heavy criticism for the content published in her new memoir No return, which included a poorly received story about Noem’s murder of a pet, a 14-month-old dog named Cricket, and the governor allegedly meeting with North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, the authenticity of which was questioned . (The Kim Jong Un passage has been removed from the book for future editions.)

Since the book’s release, Noem has reportedly been dropped from Trump’s VP shortlist. (The top four contenders are reportedly senators Tim Scott (SC), Marco Rubio (FL), J.D. Vance (OH), and the Governor of North Dakota Doug Burgum.)

MAGA loyalist Noem continues to campaign for Trump, as seen on Chris Cuomo’s NewsNation show yesterday. Noem tries to change her look and shows off a new hairstyle: an updo. The 54-year-old brunette usually wears her long wavy locks down.

Note: During the Cuomo interview, Noem made a number of false claims, including that South Dakota, thanks to then-President Donald Trump, “never shut down” during the pandemic. In March 2020, Noem issued an executive order to close businesses as recommended by CDC guidelines, and in April 2020, then-President Trump put intense political pressure on governors to lock down their states.

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