Tucker Confronts Gov. Noem After She Caves to NCAA Over Bill Banning Trans Athletes From Women’s Sports
Carlson to Noem: “Why not instead just say, ‘bring it on NCAA. I’m a national figure, go ahead and try to exclude us. I will fight you in the court of public opinion and defend principle.’”
Tucker Carlson confronted South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) over her decision to send back a bill banning biological men from participating in women’s sports.
Instead, Noem wants to create “a coalition separate from the bill” after she consulted legal scholars and professors.
The exchange became hostile, with Noem proclaiming she didn’t want to “pick a fight that we can’t win.”
From The Daily Caller:
“So you are saying the NCAA threatened you and you don’t think you can win that fight,” Carlson asked Noem. “They said if you sign this we won’t allow girls in South Dakota to play, and you don’t think you can win in court even though the public overwhelmingly supports you nationally, and so you are caving to the NCAA? I think that’s what you are saying?”
“No,” Noem responded. “That’s not right at all, Tucker. In fact, you are wrong, completely.”
“I’m sick and tired of the NCAA threatening states, challenging us and bullying us,” Noem said. “So we are going to build a coalition of leaders, athletes and people who want to protect women’s sports and want to make sure that our women keep Title IX in place to protect their right to be competitive and to be rewarded by participating in these team sports and make sure this coalition can fight the NCAA to make sure we are protecting Title IX.”
“But these standards far predate Title IX,” Carlson responded. “And I’m not sure why Title IX is relevant or even really worth defending. This is thousands years years of common sense and tradition. Girls play girls sports and boys play boys sports. Why not instead just say, ‘bring it on NCAA. I’m a national figure, go ahead and try to exclude us. I will fight you in the court of public opinion and defend principle.’ Why not just do that?” Carlson said.
Noem said that she was fighting the NCAA by creating the coalition Monday, to which Carlson told her, “You vetoed the bill.”
“I did not veto the bill,” Noem fired back. “I asked the legislature to change it so I can win.”
“I have been bullied for the last year by liberals, Tucker,” she continued. “I’m not going to let anybody from the NCAA, from any big business, I’m not even going to let conservatives on the right bully me. I’m going to solve the problem. I’m going to make sure that we are building strength in numbers and we are going after the NCAA and make sure that we are keeping only girls playing in girls sports.”
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