The Senate’s surprise passage of House Bill 1217, the destructive and bullying ban on transgender girls and women from participating in high school and college sports in South Dakota, is bad enough. Governor Kristi Noem made it even worse by saying the most disgusting thing I’ve heard today:
Governor Noem pulls a favorite trick of the right, cloaking its hateful closed-mindedness in liberal values. Bullying female athletes and all transgender Americans is no way to celebrate International Women’s Day.
A court will strike down this copycat outburst of stodgy hate as surely as a court struck down Idaho’s foray into transgender bullying last summer. But no court can salve the sadness we feel living in such a backward, hateful state, and no court can change the fact that our Governor is a vile bully herself.