When is a Veto Not a Veto, When Kristi Noem Needs The Political Cover


Posted originally on the conservative tree house March 30, 2021 | Sundance | 220 Comments

Just a short note to bookmark for later 2024 reference about political opportunism and parseltongue.  You might remember South Dakota Kristi Noem being adamant that she was not vetoing a legislative bill blocking male (transgender) athletes from Women’s sports. [HERE]  Yesterday she took action to send the bill back to the state house.  Read the rejection letter from the governor’s office:

Note: “bills returned shall be treated in the same manner as vetoed bills”…. with her signature; yet she still proclaims she did not veto the bill.

It’s a small note, but a note worth making nonetheless.  For a politician who claims she speaks frankly and truthfully, there’s a great deal of parseltongue, a decepticon trait, on this one.  Disappointing, just sayin’.

When asked why she doesn’t support the bill, Noem said she has received advice and counsel that the law would fail if challenged in federal court. Specifically Noem implied the NCAA would sue South Dakota and she believes the state would lose a lawsuit based on the law. If that is her position, essentially she is attempting to avoid litigation, proactively planning to lose that litigation, on a law supported by the majority in her state.

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