Kristi Noem Mutilates Her Political Future By Blocking Ban on Transsexual Men in Women’s Sports
March 23, 2021 (7mo ago)

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She coulda been a contender. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem handled coronavirus so well, it was no surprise people speculated that she might have national potential. But instead, Noem angered conservatives and Americans of all stripes by vetoing a bill that would have completely banned transsexuals from invading women’s sports.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem initially appeared eager to deliver a win to social conservatives on a top, culture war issue.

Just minutes after the GOP-led state legislature passed a bill banning transgender women and girls participating in women’s sports leagues, the Republican governor fired off a tweet declaring herself “excited to sign” the bill.

Noem’s enthusiasm faded surprisingly fast. Within days, the governor, who is widely viewed as eyeing a run for higher office, found herself caught in a political mess, facing tough lobbying from business interests, legal threats and talk of betrayal from social conservatives who had been reassured she was on their side.

The governor shied away from the bill when her office showed signs of turmoil — a key member of her staff who oversaw both policy and communications announced she was leaving. Ultimately, Noem crafted an escape plan that left plenty angry and tarnished her hard-charging reputation: a partial veto.

Noem’s missteps have landed her at the center of a rift within the GOP. Its leaders find themselves caught between trying to please both business groups and hard-line social conservatives. Even Noem, who has built a reputation of not backing down from fights, has struggled to articulate a clear position on the ban.

“She was considered a shining star in the GOP with a bright future. No more,” Michael Farris, the head of an advocacy group, Alliance Defending Freedom, that backed the bill, wrote on Facebook after Noem announced her partial veto. [AP]

By refusing to stem the tide of transgender insanity, Noem has mutilated her political career as surely as the transgendered mutilate themselves. She might as well identify as Jeb Bush and adopt the pronouns sellout/hasbeen.

The issue in question is South Dakota’s House Bill 1217. The bill would require that women’s sports teams at the high school and collegiate level only be open to biological women. No longer would schools be allowed to indulge mentally troubled individuals who harbor a strange desire to compete in sports against the opposite sex. To add teeth to the bill, it would also allow private actors to sue for damages when schools ignore or defy the law. Individuals could also sue if retaliated against for reporting violations of the law.

As the AP mentioned above, Noem promised to sign the bill if it was passed.

Last Friday, Noem chose to block the bill using a South Dakota tactic called a “style and form veto.” :

Governor Kristi Noem has made a decision on one of the most controversial bills to come out of the 2021 legislative session. That decision is to send it back.

Friday, Noem sent House Bill 1217 back to lawmakers with some recommended changes. That includes limiting the impact to students in elementary and secondary school. She also wants to get rid of the section that would require students to sign a written statement verifying their sex and whether they’ve taken certain medications. [KELO]

In addition to limiting the law’s application to only grade school athletes, Noem also wants to strip the section that allows private citizens to sue over violations or retaliation. Noem’s revisions make the bill toothless and borderline incoherent. Biology matters for high school girls, but not for college girls? If girls can’t sue for redress when the law is violated, what can be done if schools simply ignore the law?

There’s no way around it. Noem isn’t merely proposing to “fix” flaws in the law. She clearly is caving to pressure from business interests which put profitability ahead of the wellbeing of children.

Concerns are being raised by businesses in the state that signing H.B. 1217 could have harmful effects on the state’s economy.

Similar bills across the nation, including Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 2015, and North Carolina’s bathroom bill in 2016, sparked nationwide outrage and boycotts by sports leagues as well as businesses.

President and CEO of Visit Rapid City, Julie Schmitz-Jensen fears that a similar backlash could be seen in South Dakota.

“When the word gets out nationally that our state passed this law if it does get passed, it’s going to impact any group that looks at our state and looks at full equality when it comes to hosting a convention or a sporting event,” Schmitz-Jensen said.

Visit Rapid City is a part of the South Dakota Convention and Visitors Bureaus which wrote a letter to Noem discouraging her from signing the bill. [KEVN]

Time and time again, weak Republicans have cratered to this kind of pressure. Noem had the chance to be different. Instead, she failed in the exact same way.

Even worse than kowtowing to businesses, Noem has also chosen to submit to the subset of America that is embarrassingly obsessed with college sports. The NCAA is supposed to be a non-profit that exists to organize and govern athletic competitions, but instead it wants to be a fourth branch of government with veto power over state laws. The NCAA has said it is “monitoring” South Dakota’s bill, an obvious threat that they will bar the state from hosting tournaments it it passes, much like it previously boycotted North Carolina for its transgender bathroom bill.

To put it plainly, the NCAA has effectively issued an ultimatum to Governor Noem — if you want college sports in your state, you had better accept transsexuals in women’s sports.

Once again, we see a sports institution using Americans’ voyeuristic and vicarious addiction to spectator sports as blackmail to shove the worst cultural poison down their throats like a Big Mac and fries.

The proper response to a threat like this would be to pull all of South Dakota’s colleges out of the NCAA, immediately, and encourage other states to do the same. Instead, Noem is submitting to the association’s power.

But don’t worry! She’s going to start a petition to change things!

Perhaps realizing that her failure was damaging her national political brand, on Monday Noem held a press conference with several former pro athletes to pitch what she dubs a nationwide push to “defend women’s sports”:

During a news conference Monday morning in Sioux Falls, Noem announced the coalition is being created separate from the controversy surrounding House Bill 1217, which would ban transgender girls from participating in high schools sports. The coalition, according to Noem, is comprised of athletes, leaders and “everyone who cares about defending women’s sports.”

Noem hinted at the purpose of the new coalition, saying that once enough states are on board, the coalition will be big enough that the NCAA “cannot possibly punish us all.”

Throughout the conference, Noem maintained her view that 1217 is not an anti-transgender bill, but was simply about “defending women’s sports.” When asked if she believes her new coalition would affect transgender people in South Dakota, Noem reiterated that her focus was on protecting girl’s sports, and that any attempt to frame it as a transgender issue would be inaccurate. [KELO]

Rather than stand up to the NCAA right now, Noem kicks the can down the road by promising to forge a coalition that will resist the NCAA later. Let’s not be fooled. Real action right now is far more valuable than any promise of a magical deus ex machina in the future. Noem is pulling an age-old trick that by now should be familiar to grassroots conservatives. Just look at border security, where establishment Republicans perpetually promise real immigration enforcement sometime in the future in exchange for immediate total amnesty.

Instead of delivering real leadership, Noem is using a press conference to spin her retreat in the face of the left’s evil. Instead of combating the transgender mania directly and explicitly, Noem is now simply calling for activists to “defend Title IX” and “defend women’s sports.”

Like so many Republicans before her, Noem is playing entirely on Democratic turf. Title IX does not need to be “defended.”  The left has repeatedly used and abused Title IX to advance the most abominable policy outcomes imaginable.

Even though men are substantially more interested in sports overall, Title IX’s demand of absolute equality means that universities have shut down successful men’s sports programs solely in order to maintain parity between male and female athletic participation. The Obama Administration, meanwhile, used Title IX as a cudgel to force colleges to create kangaroo courts for policing sexual assault on campus. Now, Noem boasts that she will be even better than Democrats at protecting this deeply flawed law, while refusing to openly confront the poison of transgender fanaticism.

Noem is effectively accusing Democrats of being “the real sexists,” much like ailing establishment Republicans accuse Democrats of being “the real racists.” This is a capitulation within a capitulation, and a pathetic concession to the left’s moral framing of the issue. The chief problem with left-wing transgender insanity isn’t that it makes it harder for women to enjoy sports. It’s an all-out revolutionary assault on “male” and “female” as coherent biological concepts — the logical terminus point for the left’s destruction of the precondition for healthy families, and a weaponization of mental illness to attain and consolidate power.

Instead of adopting a bold ideological defense of traditional moral values against the left’s rapaciousness, Noem has taken the position of being better than Democrats at being a Democrat.

Fortunately, conservatives don’t seem to be taking the bait. Kristi Noem made an appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight, and put on a painful display:

Predictably, Noem’s decision did nothing to placate the left, which will accept nothing less than unconditional surrender. After Noem’s veto announcement, the ACLU announced that it would immediately sue even if the neutered version of the bill were passed:

Gov. Kristi Noem sent a bill banning transgender students from participating in school sports teams back to the South Dakota legislature today with proposed changes. The American Civil Liberties Union says Gov. Noem’s changes to House Bill 1217 continue to discriminate against transgender youth and will leave the state vulnerable to costly litigation. [ACLU]

Noem has failed to stand up for her own base, while doing nothing to win over her enemies. Sound familiar? It’s a classic losing GOP tactic. But from Noem, it also wasn’t a surprise. In 2020, South Dakota’s legislature nearly passed a bill banning the use of puberty blockers and other sex change treatments on young children. The bill failed, in part because Noem criticized the push after previously promising to sign such legislation.

If we are harsh on Noem, it is because we began with relatively high expectations. To give credit where it’s due, Noem did a heroic job resisting the Covid-lockdown regime, which remains the greatest crime against humanity ever perpetrated short of war or genocide.

Noem’s bravery in the face of both local and national condemnation was a tremendous service to her people. Noem never imposed a mask mandate, and never issued a statewide stay-at-home order. She never forced restaurants to close and never invented insane regulations about what stores could be open or what they were allowed to sell.

Noem’s bravery has benefited South Dakotans enormously. The national unemployment rate is 6.2 percent, but South Dakota’s is half that at 3.1 percent — the same it was before the pandemic. According to The Economist, economic activity in South Dakota has dipped by just 2 percent overall, while across America it has fallen 24 percent.

Noem deserves praise for all of this. It’s no surprise that her handling of the virus has put her name on the shortlist of potential candidates for president or vice president in 2024.

The contrast between Noem’s handling of the corona-virus and the trans-sports issue is actually quite bizarre when one thinks about it. The number one thing the Globalist American Empire has been pushing over the last year is Covid hysteria and the lockdown regime. It is strange that Noem could show such courage in resisting the barrage of propaganda and pressure to submit to Covid tyranny, and yet wilt so easily when it comes to preventing the transsexual takeover of women’s sports.

This statement by the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce sheds some light on the puzzle above:

The head of the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce continues to oppose a bill awaiting Gov. Kristi Noem’s signature that would ban transgender girls from playing sports.

David Owen called House Bill 1217 “the worst bill that passed this session.” He said the bill “professes to protect women’s sports, but is really just a flat ban against transgender participation,” ignoring the lived experience of transgender students.

Supporters of the bill say it’s necessary to prevent people assigned male at birth from winning women’s sporting events. Owen called the notion of someone intentionally manipulating their gender identity for athletic reasons “a fictional myth.”

The bill also carries economic concerns. Other business leaders draw a comparison to North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” that drew condemnation in 2016.

We know from other states that the threat is very real, and we’re hoping the bill will be vetoed,” Debra Owen, public policy director with the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce, told KELO-AM’s It’s Your Business with Bill Zortman on Friday. [KELO]

Setting aside the pablum about transgendered lived experience, it’s clear the concern here is economic. If Noem were to protect women’s sports from transgenders, other states might follow the North Carolina model and boycott South Dakota businesses. The NCAA would follow through with threats to cancel sports altogether in the state.

Conservative commentator Mollie Hemingway astutely noted that corruption, or at least conflict of interest, may have played a significant role in Noem’s decision to capitulate.

And there we have it. By all appearances, the governor who resisted the full-scale push to lockdown the economy has caved to lobbyists and special interests threatening a boycott of business — a transexual lockdown, if you will — if she doesn’t play ball on that perverse agenda.

By 2024, the coronavirus will be gone. The left’s relentless push to remake American society into an unrecognizable abomination will still be here. The right absolutely requires a leader who will stand totally for the truth, and against the left and its twisted, evil ideology. Noem had her chance to show she could be that person. She blew it.

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Guest
6 months ago

She sees where the winds are blowing. Trans will be as normal as gays in 4 years

Guest
6 months ago

And then their real agenda begins.
The normalization of pedophilia and pedophiles.
Decriminilization, forced social acceptability, tv commercials for starters.

Guest
6 months ago

The only wind she saw blowing was dollar signs into her campaign fund. Like all conservatives, they talk a big game then bow down and kiss the feet of corporate America.

Guest
6 months ago

When and Why did .0 something percentage of the population become the single most important group to ever exist?

The way the "left" goes on one would think that at least 50 percent of the population has been victimized by this cruel god, or confused eternal personal soul, by being put in the wrong body.

And, seemingly said incompetent god just started doing this about 5 years ago – after a NY Times piece, after doing a seemingly a fine job for thousands of years.

Victim mythology is remarkable, everyone rushing to the front of the line with the "I'm the biggest victim" card in one hand and an open wallet in the other.

Guest
6 months ago

It's pathetic.

RickO
6 months ago

Agree completely, but this persecution of Kristi Noem is as equally pathetic.

Greg
6 months ago

if the legislature makes all the changes Noem proposes (from high school + college to just high school?) would she still sign it?

Guest
6 months ago

She's stupid.

Guest
6 months ago

RINOs always prove themselves in time.

RickO
6 months ago

With a name like SueSue you're calling anyone stupid!

Guest
6 months ago

You're Rick the 0. You're one to talk about nicknames.

Buddy
6 months ago

Noem pulled Nicki Haley. She is FINISHED!

Guest
6 months ago

She's a fraud plain and simple. If a state with massive republican majorities in their House and Senate, and the governorship, cannot make such common sense bills law then what is the purpose of the republican party?

She also came off as condescending on Tucker's show which makes her look even worse. I have no interest in her as a national candidate now and that's not gonna change.

Guest
6 months ago

You are wrong DUDE. This hysteria has to be fixed or we're really hurting ourselves. By the way we're killing this good governor's career seems to be that Biden was right. There will be no Republicans. We are killing our own with wrong assumptions through mass hysteria.

Guest
6 months ago

The Bill does not keep transgenders from playing sports as the Chamber spokesman claims, it only requires that they do so fairly.

Guest
6 months ago

The ABCDEFG lobby rarely loses because they are filled with mentally ill activists who know how to get what they want by any means necessary. Why don't we target the NCAA? Several states are passing bills against their stance on paying student athletes and the NCAA is now looking to congress for federal laws to bail them out. Why not fight them there? Everyone on the right should be opposed to whatever they ask for until they lose the power to fight us on these social issues.

Guest
6 months ago

Kristi has to look out for the litigation. If it was signed exactly how it was written, then they could have blocked girls from competing anyway and that wouldn't have helped anything.

M H
6 months ago

She could have pointed that out for us.

Guest
6 months ago

She did!!
Clearly!
She wants it rewritten to avoid the courts from tearing it apart

M H
6 months ago

No brainer even for many Dems. Leadership demands more than fence straddling.

Guest
6 months ago

Don't worry, folks, by the time 2024 rolls around the transgender issue will be in the distant past and the USA will either be toast altogether or the Dems will be 110% into their next perversion (err, social justice crusade), which many now see as pedophilia (age of consent is 11, no 9, no 7, no 5, no toddlers are sexual beings at 3, etc.). Kristi had her chance to put a line in the sand and failed. R.I.P., Kristi. R.I.P., USA. IMHO, the Constitutional Republic was WIA in the wee hours of 4 November, DOW on 6 January, and was buried on 20 January. It's time to either FIGHT or forget! Especially you conservatives who are being totally cancelled, especially if you're straight White males. Put up or shut up!

Guest
6 months ago

Was seriously thinking of moving my family, with two daughters to South Dakota, seemed like a principled place of common sense thinking, two raise our daughters. We have changed our minds, because of this Governors decision to cater to liberal special anti family issues

Guest
6 months ago

Me too. It was top of list. Now, no way

RickO
6 months ago

WOW! I just don't know what to say!

Guest
6 months ago

It wasn't logistically feasible for me, but it held an attraction, as long as I believed, wrongly it turns out, that she was heroically standing against lockdowns. South Dakotans will tell you she pushed individual cities to lock down, while trying to look squeaky clean herself.

Guest
6 months ago

You have no leaders in the republican party, more importantly, you have no friends there. You have enemies and they are globalists, corrupt politicians who are puppets with unelected oligarchs pulling their strings. The republicans are no different than their uniparty comrades in the democrat party, the 2020 election should have made that very clear to all of you. This government is corrupt to the core, it is illegitimate and no longer has the consent of the governed.

Nobody is going to fix it for you. You will fight for your freedom soon or you will lose it along with everything else you have.

Guest
6 months ago

This is the most utter boomer nonsense I've ever seen. You clowns have fallen right into the left's trap and got tricked into adopting their moral framing by defending women's sports of all things. The left now plots their next move as they laugh at you.

First of all women's sports and title 9 for the matter are completely insane. A girls varsity team would get demolished by a boys intramural squad so the fact that they get scholarships to play in a handicapped competition is a farce beyond comprehension.

Girls should even be playing sports to begin with! It's a trivial waste of everyone's time and is peak modern profligacy. Girls should be in home economics learning how to run a home, how to cook and having bake sales. Not imitating male activity in the lamest of fashion.

If they can make the boys team and compete with men like Danica Patrick (more or less) did then by all means, go for it. But don't ever act like these farce lesbian competitions are something a "conservative" (whatever that means to you boomers anymore) should be championing.

If any of you were even slightly intelligent you'd be playing this like chess, black-knighting the situation with agree and amplify to destroy the marxist institution of women's sport. You dumb Goyim.

Guest
6 months ago

If you take girls sports away, they're all going to get fat. Is that really what you want?

Guest
6 months ago

Have you ever seen a girl's basketball team or a softball team?

THEYRE ALL FAT

Guest
6 months ago

Did you see the huge belly on the 21 year old Boulder shooter? He looked like he was carrying twins. Today's men have no right to complain about fat on women when there are so many obese men today.

Guest
6 months ago

>implying men's value in the sexual marketplace is based on looks like it is for women

Guest
6 months ago

Too much fat is ugly on anyone.

Jessica S, Naples FL
6 months ago

Noem got paid off like the rest of the establishment politicians and the Supreme Court Justices. Anti-Democrats are being picked off one by one. If no stand is taken and Democrats are allowed to keep the fraudulent results of the 2020 election, all future JULY 4th CELEBRATIONS WILL BE CANCELLED AS IRREVELEVANT. There will be no more elections so stop deluding yourselves into thinking you can successfully "primary" the RINOS! That's as delusional as the belief we all had President Trump's back. Trump stood alone for 4 years. Democrats wouldn't allow a fraudulent election to steal their power from them. Democrats are still fighting in Iowa to reverse an election that has been decided. NOBODY FOUGHT TO REVERSE THE OBVIOUS 2020 LANDSLIDE FOR TRUMP ELECTION. Republicans just moved on and appeased themselves as usual by laughing among themselves about how dishonest Democrats are and laughing at the HARRIS/BIDEN "presidency" as Biden reverses every bit of progress Trump achieved in his 4 years in office. The entire WORLD knows BIDEN isn't a legitimate president. Who is stupid enough to think America will be "respected" when the BIDEN/HARRIS administration is allowed to remain in power despite hard proof it's been a Coup D'état? Don't expect me to celebrate July 4th this year. Patriots who fought to save America in 1776 died in vain as America no longer has "patriots" like those of two and a half centuries ago. Americans became domesticated pets!

Guest
6 months ago

She was on with Tucker Carlson and basically tried to double talk her way out of this. Conservatives are not stupid Noem. They see you for what you are. A Sellout

RickO
6 months ago

If that's what you took from that interview/interrogation, then you sir are a total MORON and certainly no Legend!!!

Prophet
6 months ago

She showed weakness in the face of adversity . . . there's a name for those types . . . they're called RINOS. We don't want her on our team.

Guest
6 months ago

Why are the establishment so afraid of Kristi Noem? Everything here is a lie. She didn't cancel anything. She sent it back to fix it.

Guest
6 months ago

You can't fix what's already broken.

Guest
6 months ago

Hey Kristi, vote what the people of SD want, not what you are afraid will happen. They are grown ups, they know what the NCAA might do and don't care.

Guest
6 months ago

Notice that flashing light governor? That's your career dissipation light.

Guest
6 months ago

Why does the Right always let us down, a Party of Schilsom1611

JGaudin
6 months ago

Too bad governor. You can't un ring a bell.

Guest
6 months ago

She sent the bill back with a "Style & Form Veto", which is typically reserved for typos in a bill. Despite this, the changes she requested would totally gut enforcement of this legislation. The Tucker interview also didn't help, making it seem like she's really worried about lawsuits/departure from the NCAA.

Aside from the tranny bill, she was ready to accept record numbers of refugees into the state and attended Biden's inauguration. Noem really isn't the kind of leader we need right now, and I'm really tired of seeing so many SIMPs rush to defend all of her bad decisions at every opportunity.

A.A. Arbogast
6 months ago

No decent person is elected to office in the modern US. That goes for Trump as well, whose administration made the US the worldwide defender of sodomy.

Guest
6 months ago

It was an unforced error. She is no better than Pence at this point.

Guest
6 months ago

Exactly, so many "christians" were ready to accept Pence but forgot about the bumbling backtrack HE took with the Abortion bill in IN.

Guest
6 months ago

Don’t forget his support of amnesty before being VP.

Guest
5 months ago

That's exactly how I look at her. Just today Yahoo had a lead story showing her up and coming on the Republican side. I hope they wake up but it seems too many are smitten by a pretty face and smooth talking, and don't bother to look at her substance.

Guest
6 months ago

NONE OF THEM can be trusted.

Only WE THE PEOPLE have the Will, and the Law (Constitution) behind them, to FORCE THE MORAL & ETHICAL CHANGES on this Nation.

Yes, I said BY FORCE. Its the only action Evil understands.

Time to fight PEOPLE.

Guest
6 months ago

Well it is good that her weakness has been exposed early. These weak Republicans need to realize that conservative voters have had their eyes opened by a stolen election and the immediate and continuing attempts to rip this Republic apart.

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