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Podcast: What On Earth Happened With Gov. Kristi Noem?

Kristi Noem

“This whole thing is ultimately a cover for vetoing on behalf of Amazon and the Chamber,” Jon Schweppe explained on The Federalist Radio Hour.


On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Jon Schweppe, Director of Policy and Government Affairs at American Principles Project, joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to break down South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s decision to issue a “style and form” veto against a bill seeking to protect women’s sports.

“This whole thing is ultimately a cover for vetoing on behalf of Amazon and the Chamber,” Schweppe explained. “That’s what everything here is and that’s what’s so disingenuous about it. I would just prefer that she admits she’s a squish, but she’s not gonna do that.”

Schweppe said Noem is gaslighting conservatives and insisting “that we’re the ones that are trying to hurt women’s sports by protecting women’s sports.”

Will Noem eventually sign the bill? Yes, but it will be “weaker,” Schweppe said. Even worse, he explained, is that the governor blew an opportunity to take the lead on a conservative agenda item that many voters care about.

“For women’s sports it’s pretty, pretty clear where people are at,” Schweppe said. “It’s an opportunity for us to draw a line in the sand, get all these states, ‘build a coalition,’ as the governor loves to say that she’s trying to do. We are. What we’re trying to do is get all these states to sign on to this, and then build off of that.”

Read more of Schweppe’s work here and more of The Federalist’s coverage of Noem here.

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