DALLAS – RepublicanGov. Kristi Noem expressed her frustration with the coverage she received from her “friends” in conservative media over her decision not to into law earlier this year.
Speaking to reporters at CPAC on restoring trust Americans have in politics, Noem urged the media to be “a little more diplomatic,” saying it “just gets old” to be taken out of context. She then cited the media’s treatment of her vetoing of a bill, as it was written, that would girls’ sports.
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“The women’s sports issue was the one that was the hardest for me because I’ve been attacked by liberals my whole life, but getting attacked by my friends was tough,” Noem said. “So us on the right that says, ‘Oh, we’re never wrong-‘ no, we’ve got conservative reporters, conservative networks, that do not either.”
“The bill that I gave my legislature and asked them to sign – because I did not veto a women’s sports bill – I asked them to fix it, and they chose not to. But that wasn’t the message that everybody heard in this country. And I asked the legislature to sign exactly the model legislation that’s been…
No governor ever got a bill put on their desk and handed to them like my legislature first gave me. And I gave them a style-informed revision and asked them to change it, but they refused. That’s not what you guys heard on the national news,” she elaborated.
Noem explained that the original bill “allowed any student that did not make a sporting team” to sue the team and the K-12 public school system. She also pointed out that it didn’t define what steroids or performance-enhancing drugs were acceptable, such as cortisone shots and inhalers, predicting the “flawed” bill would ultimately become a “litigation nightmare.”
“So I asked them to change it. The legislature refused, so I did executive orders,” Noem said. “But I haven’t seen any of my friends in the conservative media cover the fact that I didthe very next day so I could make sure that only girls were playing girl sports.
ThoseDakota. But even my friends didn’t cover that. So that’s the media that drives me crazy … whatever gets headlines, that’s what they do.” The South Dakota governor to introduce the bill she is confident will pass in the state legislature and withstand court challenges.
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“We have to be strategic in fighting these fights to win. I’ll. I’m just not going to fight stupid fights that will set us up for failure,” Noem said. “We did this in the pro-life movement for . We strategically looked at what kind of bills to bring to make progress on protecting life. This is the same battle, and it’s being smart and not putting forward bills that enforce to make sure I’m truly protecting it.”
Back in March, Noem received rare criticism from conservativetrans-female athletes from competing in public school girls’ sports, with outlets like The Federalist calling her actions “cowardly.” The governor argued that the bill as written would have been defeated in the courts if challenged by opponents like the NCAA.