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Dear Kristi Noem: Criticizing Cowardly Politicians Isn’t ‘Cancel Culture,’ It’s Democracy

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem thinks that facing opposition and criticism from her conservative base after she refused to sign a bill protecting women’s sports is “cancel culture.” This claim is merely a mask for the fact that a once-up-and-coming politician favored for a national stage is learning that her actions have consequences, especially when she backtracks on her word.

In a recent statement, Noem’s communications director Ian Fury argued that watering down the South Dakota legislature’s bill to protect girls sports is the way to fight vicious conservative cancel mobs, many of which, he claims, are “uninformed” about Noem’s reasoning for rejecting and sending it back to the GOP-controlled state legislature.

“Apparently, uninformed cancel culture is fine when the right is eating their own,” the statement said. “A less impassioned review of the facts tells a much different story. Governor Noem has long stood for fairness in women’s sports.”

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