The Republican governor of South Dakota is defending her actions involving a bill to bar biological males from competing in women's sports – but not everyone is buying it.
"I did not veto the bill," Governor Kristi Noem (pictured) said Monday on the "Tucker Carlson's Tonight" program. "I did a style-and-form revision and asked the legislature to change it so that I can win."
Noem described the NCAA as a bully and said the bill she was given is a "trial lawyer's dream."
"Since November, I've been consulting with legal scholars and professors across the country, asking them 'How do I protect women's sports?' – and what they've told me to do is build a coalition," the governor shared. "That's why today I launched DefendTitleIXNow.com, [because] that's going to allow us to build a coalition of states that can fight the NCAA."
If the legislature does not "fix" the bill through her style-and-form revision, Noem said she will ask legislators to introduce a new bill.
"If they don't do that, I'm going to immediately bring them back into a special session and tell them we're going to protect girls' sports through K-12," she continued. "And then we're going to go and fight the NCAA through a coalition to make sure that we can continue to protect … and defend Title IX."
Terry Schilling, president of American Principles Project, accuses the governor of trying to "gaslight" the American people and make them think she's a champion for women's sports.
"She vetoed the bill, to be very clear," Schilling tells One News Now. "Kristi Noem vetoed the women's sports bill and gave us an excuse and a website."
Schilling adds that Governor Noem is absolutely losing supporters because of her actions.
"It's a real shame, but moments like this are enlightening because they show us who these politicians are in their heart of heart and what the content of their character is," says Schilling. "She caved to big business, the Chamber of Commerce, the NCAA, and Amazon – and that is what happened here."
In a press release, Schilling says Noem had the opportunity to show "real leadership" – but instead demonstrated she's "a run-of-the-mill politician – trying to appease wealthy and powerful special interests in her state while also making it falsely appear that she is doing the right thing."
Editor's note: Above image is of Governor Noem speaking at CPAC 2021.