Representative Kristi Noem, a South Dakota Republican, said President Donald Trump views his own face going up on Mount Rushmore as no laughing matter.
Noem, who is also running for governor of South Dakota, relayed a conversation she had with the president during her first visit to the Oval Office soon after he took office in January 2017. Speaking with Vermillion resident Mitchell Olson during the filming of a carpool karaoke show, Noem described her first brush with the concept of “Mount Trumpmore” being erected atop the 77-year-old Keystone, South Dakota, landmark.
“He said, ‘Kristi, come on over here. Shake my hand,'” Noem said, according to an Argus Leader report. “I shook his hand, and I said, ‘Mr. President, you should come to South Dakota sometime. We have Mount Rushmore.’ And he goes, ‘Do you know it’s my dream to have my face on Mount Rushmore?'”
Noem recalled that only one of them thought it was a joke. “I started laughing,” said the state’s lone U.S. representative. “He wasn’t laughing, so he was totally serious.”
So there’s that.
Honestly, though, I have no problem with putting Trump on Mount Rushmore. I think it’s a great idea, actually. The only question is, which president’s nostril should we shove him up?