Kristi Noem, Who Attacked Hunter Biden, Says Media 'Trying to Destroy My Children'

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has been accused of hypocrisy after she claimed the media was trying to "destroy" her children following reports about her daughter's attempts to become a real estate appraiser despite her previous criticism of President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden.

Noem is alleged to have engaged in a conflict of interest after meeting with the head of the state agency that oversees appraiser certifications after it allegedly denied her then 26-year-old daughter Kassidy Peters' application to become a certified real estate appraiser.

The Associated Press reported that Peters got her certification in November 2020, four months after Noem's meeting with agency head Sherry Bren and South Dakota Labor Secretary Marcia Hultman, which was also attended by her daughter.

It is unclear what occurred during the meeting, but Richard Painter, a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School and former chief ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush, said Noem should have recused herself from the meeting.

"It's clearly a conflict of interest and an abuse of power for the benefit of a family member," Painter told the AP.

Writing on Twitter, Noem dismissed the story as an attempt by the media to attack her children without mentioning her own actions.

"Listen I get it. I signed up for this job. But now the media is trying to destroy my children," Noem wrote. "This story is just another example of the double standard that exists with the media... going after conservatives and their kids while ignoring Liberals."

In response, a number of social media users pointed out that Noem had previously spoken to Fox News to suggest a controversial New York Post article about Hunter Biden's business dealing in Ukraine which stemmed from emails apparently taken from his laptop did "grave damage" to Joe Biden's credibility ahead of the 2020 Election.

"This is the kind of corruption in power that we don't want in our leaders and I'm glad that it's being talked about and we should continue to dig into it and get the full truth," Noem added.

Really Kristi? Really? Hmmm…

— Cay Gowey (@cayzzer) September 27, 2021

Others also hit out at the governor for suggesting that the AP report is attacking her 27-year-old daughter when it is actually alleging that she abused her position to help Peters' career.

"Deflecting to hide that she is the one who broke the law...not the kid. This is cute. Also, pathetic," tweeted Fred Wellman, senior advisor at The Lincoln Project, a Republican PAC consisting of Donald Trump critics.

Former Ohio congressional candidate Shannon Freshour said: "Oh look gaslight... the story is *YOUR* public corruption not your kid's failure to get approved."

National security attorney Bradley P. Moss added: "Your daughter is [27] years old. She's not a kid anymore, and the media report is about YOU and whether YOU misused your position to get her special privileges."

In a statement regarding the original allegations, Noem's spokesman Ian Fury said: "The Associated Press is disparaging the Governor's daughter in order to attack the Governor politically—no wonder Americans' trust in the media is at an all-time low."

Noem's office has been contacted for further comment.

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference CPAC held at the Hilton Anatole on July 11, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. Brandon Bell/Getty Images