Kristi Noem Caved to ‘Woke’ Corporate Bullies on Transgender Sports Bill: Kristen Waggoner

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem refuses to sign transgender sports bill, prompting backlash from conservatives

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she’s the victim of “conservative cancel culture” after backlash for not signing the transgender sports bill.

Kristen Waggoner of Alliance Defending Freedom, one of the groups critical of Noem, responded Wednesday on the Todd Starnes Radio Show


“Well considering we’ve won 12 supreme court decisions and the last several years and one of those just actually gave remedy to those who would face cancel culture which she’s now accusing us of. It is pretty ironic,” said Waggoner. 

“We defend victims of cancel culture every day,” continued Waggoner. “It’s cynical to suggest that calling out invented reasons that politicians give for caving to woke corporations is actually cancel culture. It’s really just holding people accountable.”

“It’s really them against every religious liberty organization and every Republican in the state of South Dakota,” said Starnes.

According to the Washington Examiner, Ian Fury, a spokesman for South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, defended his boss against “conservative cancel culture” in the wake of her decision not to sign a bill about transgender people in female sports leagues.

“Governor Noem is very used to fighting off criticism from the left,” he said. “After all, in the past year, she was the only governor in the entire nation to never order a single business or church in her state to close. But if any number of conservative pundits are to be believed, that same governor who refused to cave is now caving to the NCAA and Amazon on the issue of fairness in women’s sports. What?”

Fury added. “Apparently, uninformed cancel culture is fine when the right is eating their own.”

Waggoner explained why ADF criticized Noem regarding her decision with the transgender bill. 

“Common sense supports [the transgender bill],” said Waggoner. “Those on the left and right are a part of a coalition to protect women and girls in sports. What she did was gut those protections. And not just at the level of the NCAA- the collegiate level. She gutted protections from K-12 and she’s not admitting to that.” 

Host Todd Starnes and Waggoner discussed the corporations they believe pushed Noem to cave which include Chambers of Commerce and the NCAA. 

“The way to deal with bullies isn’t to cave into them,” said Waggoner. “These bills are necessary to protect women in sports and she has been put in that position to do just that.”

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