The vast majority of Republican politicians seem to possess a rather incredible ability to always find a way to shoot themselves in the foot.
Over the years, numerous Republicans have put themselves in positions that were easily avoidable, and effectively alienated their base.
That’s the exact scenario this Republican Governor now finds herself in. But her spokesperson claims she’s merely a victim of “conservative cancel culture.”
Roughly two weeks ago, South Dakota Republican Governor Kristi Noem was considered a contender for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2024.
In fact, in polls in which Donald Trump wasn’t included, Noem was one of just a few potential front-runners.
But Noem’s fortunes have quickly changed, and sadly, it’s all her own doing.
First, she vetoed a bill that would have required participation in athletics at public schools and universities to be based on the athlete’s biological gender, ensuring biological men aren’t allowed to compete against biological women in order to maintain a level playing field.
Noem initially indicated that she was “excited” to sign the bill into law, but flip-flopped after succumbing to intense pressure from the likes of the NCAA, Amazon, and the Chamber of Commerce.
Then, in an attempt to clean up the mess her flip-flop had created, Noem appeared on FOX News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight, and essentially admitted to Carlson that she chose to flip-flop on the bill because the NCAA threatened her with legal action, and not believing she could win in court, she caved.
After those gaffs it would have obviously been in Noem’s best interest politically to simply keep her head down, and work to rebuild the trust of Republican voters.
But, of course, that would have been the smart thing to do politically, and some Republicans seem to have an affinity for making things harder on themselves than they already are.
On Wednesday, Ian Fury, a spokesperson for Governor Noem, decided to respond to the criticism being lobbed at the Governor recently through a scathing email attacking what he dubbed “conservative cancel culture.”
“Governor Noem is very used to fighting off criticism from the Left,” Fury 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. The Left bullied her incessantly, but she didn’t cave.”
“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? Apparently, uninformed cancel culture is fine when the Right is eating their own,” Fury continued.
Despite his claims that Noem didn’t cave to corporate pressure – even though she admitted as much to Tucker Carlson – Fury conceded in his email that Noem did indeed face “tremendous pressure from corporate bigwigs and the radical Left alike to veto the bill,” but insisted that Noem “didn’t do that.”
“Instead,” Fury claimed, “she returned it to the legislature with suggested changes because she wants these fundamental protections to pass and to survive a legal challenge.”
Most political observers can appreciate a politician taking a “strategic approach” to such a matter, as Fury claims Noem is currently doing to ensure biological males cannot compete against women in sports.
At the same time, Noem’s actions weren’t simply strategic for the sake of ensuring the bill was as strong as it could possibly be, as Noem and her team of political operatives want you to believe.
As the Alliance Defending Freedom pointed out, the edits to the bill Noem suggested through her veto “gutted protections for collegiate athletes and took away legal recourse for girls forced to compete against biological boys.”
Furthermore, whether or not Noem’s actions were motivated by corporate pressure or a genuine willingness to strengthen the bill’s “fundamental protections,” none of that matters when a spokesperson for a Republican Governor attacks conservative voters.
Above all else, conservatives crave politicians with backbone, and when they display weakness in the face of far-left, corporate pressure, conservatives have every right to disagree with the politician who caved and lambaste them accordingly.
Likening conservative outrage over a Republican’s unwillingness to fight the good fight for a key, fundamentally conservative piece of legislation is in no way, shape or form relatable to the Left’s cancel culture antics.
And making such a comparison simply proves how out-of-touch the political operatives advising Governor Noem are with the conservative base.
All Noem and her team have done is further alienate conservative voters, rather than working to regain their trust, as the reaction to the claim on social media has proven.
Disagreement on policy or approach isn’t cancellation. She’s not been removed from office or banned from anywhere. Doesn’t make a lot of sense for Noem or her advisers to use this line of defense here. https://t.co/dOEeo8ig7U
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) March 24, 2021
Goodness, it's gone from just wrong to pathetic for Noem to be claiming in mass email she's a victim of "conservative cancel culture." It's not cancel culture to vet the beliefs of would-be national candidates. Cynical and shameless, and — again — pathetic.
— Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) March 24, 2021
No one is trying to cancel Kristi Noem. In fact, it pains many of us to criticize a governor who so many of us admire.
But policy > politics. https://t.co/znrnbEJJjU
— Kelsey Bolar (Harkness) (@kelseybolar) March 24, 2021
Obviously, Noem isn’t interested in earning back the support of conservatives, and is much more interested in placating corporate powers and endearing herself to the media, as many establishment Republicans before her have done for years.
Governor Kristi Noem talked a good game, and had garnered significant support from conservatives.
But in the end, she is proving that she is simply another go-along-to-get-along politician who masqueraded as a courageous conservative.
And conservatives have been fooled for far too long to fall for these silly tricks again.
Stay tuned to Right News Wire for any updates to this ongoing story.