South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem attacked for her refusal to ban transgenders from participating in college sports
Tucker Carlson confronts Noem, saying she is caving into the N.C.A.A.
An otherwise routine appearance for South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Fox News Monday night quickly turned tense when host Tucker Carlson began asking if she was “caving” to the NCAA by not signing a bill for transgender women athletes.
Tucker Carlson and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem debate her decision to send a bill to ban biological men from playing girls sports back to the state legislature:
TUCKER: "You caved to the NCAA."
GOV. NOEM: "Im not interested in picking a fight [in court] that we can’t win" pic.twitter.com/rgWAUIUcCh
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) March 23, 2021
On Friday, Ms. Noem announced that she would not sign a bill passed by the Republican-controlled state legislature banning transgender girls and women from participating in girls’ or women’s sports at all levels — proposing instead that the restrictions apply to middle school and high school athletic competitions, but not college sports. Source:
Ms. Noem’s goal, she said on Monday, was to avoid punishment by the N.C.A.A. that could be financially damaging to schools and surrounding communities in South Dakota, even though the association has not yet issued an official rebuke to the 20 other states that are enacting or considering similar bills.
We favor banning transgender students who were once biologically male from participating in female sports in all schools, including colleges. Transgender males would have an artificial and unfair advantage over women. We agree with supporters of the bill (1217) that say:
The measure is necessary to ensure fairness in girls’ sports in South Dakota after incidents in other states of transgender women getting a competitive advantage over their biological female competitors.
Corporations and business entities opposed to the bill do so for money; They fear boycotts and other steps that may hurt the South Dakota economy. Noem should reconsider and pass the bill.