Update 09:18 CST: South Dacola gets the video of Senator David Omdahl’s outrageous remarks about transgender South Dakotans. HIs remarks are even worse in full video than in mere print:
Original Post: Stu Whitney is trying to talk some sense into our bigoted legislators. So is the South Dakota Democratic Party, which says the ignorant comments by Sioux Falls legislators about our transgender fellow citizens at public meetings yesterday demonstrate the meanness of Republicans who pretend to be statesmen:
Republican State Senator David Omdahl (R-11) said of transgender individuals, “I’m sorry if you’re so twisted you don’t even know who you are.”
He then suggested they seek psychological help. “They’re treating the wrong part of the anatomy. They ought to be treating it up here,” Omdahl said gesturing to his head.
“The only thing twisted is Sen. Omdahl’s medieval worldview. Supporters of this session’s transgender discrimination bills have tried to suggest they were about accommodation. These comments show their true colors. They’re bullies. Plain and simple,” said South Dakota Communication Director Michael Ewald [South Dakota Democratic Party, press release, 2016.02.06].
The state Dems note that even if these legislators don’t feel any moral compunction about bullying fellow South Dakotans with their public remarks and discriminatory legislation, they might want to consider that bigotry is bad for business:
“Similar discriminatory legislation against the LGTBQ community caused Indianapolis to lose $60 million dollars in business convention opportunities. Arizona was forced to veto legislation or risk losing the Super Bowl. These comments jeopardize one of Sioux Falls and the entire state’s major opportunities for growth– tourism,” Ewald said [SDDP, 2016.02.06].
The entire District 11 delegation made yahoo remarks. District 11 Democrats, I hope you’re running three candidates for Legislature who won’t be afraid to knock these bullies out of their seats in Pierre.