15:36 GMT26 January 2021
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    Republican Governor Kristi Noem found herself in the middle of a twitterstorm after she shared an image that definitely lacked some context.

    South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem took to Instagram late Monday to surprise her followers with an unusual photo. In the picture, Noem can be seen with a wide smile while holding… a flamethrower. The caption of the photo jokingly reads “Is it too late to add something to my Christmas list”.

    Noem’s office did not provide any information on where or why she was operating the device – although spokesman Ian Fury later said it did not belong to her.

    It did not took very long for the picture to appear on Twitter, where people had some questions for the Republican governor.

    ​Twitterians did not miss the chance to slam the governor’s handling of the pandemic.

    ​One user blasted Noem for her frequent media appearances:

    ​Some people, however, appreciated the picture, saying that they would like to have her as their governor.

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