South Dakota State Representative Mark Willadsen gets laughed at during the Legislative Coffee

Class Clown Willadsen

It all started with a question from moderator Melanie Bliss (FF to 1:18);

‘Will the legislature outlaw masks and vaccine mandates?’

After one legislator answered, Mark takes a stab at it;

. . . I think we have had great leadership . . . (Referring to Covid and the Governor)

After the very audible laughter from the crowd, you could hear Bliss say ‘Thank You’ to which Mark says fine, and you could tell he was very angry. Bliss coninues, ‘I didn’t say thank you to you I said thank to them because they stopped laughing. Mark then continued about all this great leadership and how the schools and state stayed open.

What I have always found ironic about that statement is that it is false. Many state, education, and City of Sioux Falls employees worked from home for months while the rest of us either trudged through at our private sector jobs or took unemployment because the businesses were closed especially in the hospitality industry.

It is probably why he was laughed at. When you say ridiculous things YOU will get a reaction.



19 comments ↓

#1 Very Stable Genius on 02.06.22 at 1:11 pm

Republicans are “pro-life” you know. That’s why some are into heart beat legislation. They learned this from covid patients. As long as there’s a heart beat, then they don’t have to add the patient to Noem’s covid stats. While other GOPers call such legislation grandstanding, which is actually spin, or cover, so they don’t have to deal with the hypocritical realities of their covid positions relative to their overall “pro-life” position.

#2 "Woodstock" on 02.06.22 at 1:14 pm

“Who doesn’t love Melanie?”… #Bliss4Gov!

#3 l3wis on 02.06.22 at 2:30 pm

What is funny is the complete denial of what really happened in SD during Covid. The judicial system pretty much came to a grinding halt, schools, libraries, restaurants and government agencies were closed. One of the main reasons why we have such a low unemployment rate in SF is because of the lack of childcare. I work with several moms that tell me constantly about the challenges and closures due to covid. I’m not sure what state Mark is living in, but in SD we did close down, and some places forever. This is why the laughter was so instant.

I also enjoyed the part where Reynold called out their asses on CRT and referenced this incredible article that really explains what it is and why it is important to stop spreading BS about it;

https://mississippitoday.org/2022/02/02/mississippi-only-critical-race-theory/

Cory has a great post about what Nesiba was talking about;

https://dakotafreepress.com/2022/02/06/teach-the-controversy-on-critical-race-theory-and-even-good-republicans-will-see-republicans-are-wrong/

#4 Very Stable Genius on 02.06.22 at 2:55 pm

Hell, McDonalds dining is still closed in Sioux Falls. Last summer, my wife and I went Michigan for vacation and while having a continental breakfast at one of our hotels (Iowa) another guest there found-out where we were from and how my wife just longed to be able to go into a McDonalds again, sit-down, and then leave with a free refill. And then that guest was puzzled by that longing, because he thought all of South Dakota was open. #Naught!

But recently, we did drive to Mitchell to enjoy the luxury of indoor McDonalds dining, however. #Notkidding

What does it say, when our state legislature is opposed to teaching Native American history and culture, and they also want to prevent CRT from being taught in our schools? Is this a consistency or a cover-up? Most likely the latter, because our history itself (Native and beyond), if taught accurately, invariably is understandably critical of the history of race relations in this country.

Also, does this mean we can no longer teach that Lincoln freed the slaves? I realize this topic is a little more complicated then that and Lincoln’s pragmatism caused him to take incremental steps towards this reality, and not to mention that the Emancipation Proclamation only freed slaves in rebellious states, and that some scholars believe the EP was merely an attempt to make slavery a war issue to keep Britain from further aiding the South. But none the less, how do you teach about the Civil War without walking into the world of CRT?

( and Woodstock adds: “All the way to Mitchell just for a Big Mac?”…. “Wow!”…. “And if we can’t teach about Lincoln freeing the slaves, then what are Teenage Republicans (TARs) going to talk about at their first campfire meeting in the Hills?”… (“Gee, I wonder if Custer was a Republican?”… ))

#5 My Mistake Mike on 02.07.22 at 8:14 am

Nice GOP vest. I guess if you’re gonna act like a clown, you should dress like one, too.

#6 D@ily Spin on 02.07.22 at 9:44 am

I don’t miss dining in at McDonalds. Maybe I’m closer to middle class.

Republicans are 90% of the legislature. Noem popularity is 60%. We’re prisoners of conservatives. I’d like to see a little freedom yet practicality. Not gonna happen. 49 states will have legal pot and special abortion conditions.

Watching Republicans screw up is entertaining. Watching them get wealthy from public funds and murder is not. There’s nothing wrong with using the airplane for out of state travel. How about a 747 full of Republicans one way to North Korea?

#7 Very Stable Genius on 02.07.22 at 1:46 pm

“…I don’t miss dining in at McDonalds. Maybe I’m closer to middle class….”

😉

You know what they say: “You can take the boy out of the …….., but you can’t take the …….. out of them”….

#8 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 02.07.22 at 1:51 pm

Willadsen most likely won that GOP vest at a local Lincoln Day Dinner, where they served a baked potato, steak, and a Coke. (Why does this sound so familiar?)

(… “Yes, I am looking for a jacket to keep me warm, but I don’t care if my arms are not warm, however”…. )

#9 Further Fear & Loathing on 02.07.22 at 3:08 pm

Nixon, Clinton, and Trump liked McDonalds, too. Just sayin. So there you go.

#10 LJL on 02.07.22 at 7:25 pm

Let’s tell the truth here, the laughter was due to the room being filled with the AARP and League of women voters. Nearly every remaining SD democrat was in that room. All 115 of them.

You would have heard the same reaction from Biden praise at a repub rally.

#11 Fearing the Fuhrer & More on 02.07.22 at 10:56 pm

So in other words, LJL is admitting that only Democrats care about state government and policy.

#12 Noem is correct on 02.08.22 at 9:07 am

You guys crack me up, thanks for the laughs! South Dakota was more open than just about anywhere…except possibly Florida, I thank GOD for Kristi Noem! We should have listened to Trump and not shut anything down. How f’n stupid it was to shut down our economy! What we have going on now, with all the political bullshit is wrecking our country, and world. Be honest with yourselves, if the media and government weren’t pulling this shit, would you even know there was a Wuhan Omicold endemic even going on? Nope

#13 A Decorated Veteran of Burger Battle II on 02.08.22 at 10:03 am

“…Be honest with yourselves, if the media and government weren’t pulling this shit, would you even know there was a Wuhan Omicold endemic even going on? Nope… ”

Wait a minute, you favorably reference Trump in your comment, but then forget that Trump used to take pride for shutting-off flights from China in March of ’20, and that he always took pride for that act and the Democrats who wrongly criticized him (In his opinion) for that as being racist. It was Trump who made it a “Wuhan Omicoid endemic”….

Plus, we hadn’t shut-down, our health care system would be in a much bigger mess or challenge right now, and it’s bad enough as it is right now.

#14 Proof? on 02.08.22 at 12:14 pm

We didn’t shut down, and our healthcare system has been just fine. Remember the beginning, 5000 patients, mobile hospitals set up by National Guard, millions of Americans dead, ships brought into ports to serve as hospitals, we were going to run out of ventilators, etc. none of that happened anywhere in the US, not just SD. Have people died, yes. But, thankfully it is mostly affecting people with 4 or more comorbidities. Thank GOD for Trump getting the vaccine fast tracked through! I just wish Xiden would roll out his plan for Wuhan, he said if he was elected, he would share it with all the little people. Hard to believe someone would take something as serious as a worldwide pandemic, and not share what will stop it for everyone…unless he is elected.

What does L3wis say???? Oh yes, SELFISH!

#15 Oh on 02.08.22 at 12:16 pm

And Let’s Go Brandon!

#16 Didn’t get the message? on 02.08.22 at 2:28 pm

Just watched news conference with Avera and Sanford….evidently, they didn’t get the word from Detroit L3wis? They think it’s going to be endemic and be with us like the flu is? If I remember correctly, this is easily stopped in its tracks if we all weren’t so selfish? Wha????

#17 ADVofBBII on 02.08.22 at 3:59 pm

“…We didn’t shut down, and our healthcare system has been just fine….”

Locally, but that’s because we are a less densely populated area. But there was still strain placed on our system.

Places like New York, with greater shut-down measures, still had major problems which would have been much worse without the shut-downs they had.

#18 Laughable on 02.09.22 at 12:23 pm

What healthcare system was so overwhelmed they had to set up outdoors or in a convention center, or a “Denty”? Never happened. Masks and shutting down has not been proven to help, look at what Johns Hopkins just put out. You sheep need to pull your heads out of the shepherds ass.

#19 ADVofBBII on 02.09.22 at 10:48 pm

Did someone say something about the Johns Hopkins study?

https://www.medpagetoday.com/special-reports/exclusives/97056