One sign that Corey Lewandowski is back on Kristi Noem’s campaign team is that, instead of ceaselessly pretending that’s she’s built the “strongest economy in America,” she’s tweeting far cheaper nonsense:
The quote bubble is so incongruous with the photo yet so congruous with Lewandowski-fueled culture war lies that I completely missed the great contradiction at the bottom: Get government out of girls’ sports, says the Republican governor who has inserted government into girls’ sports with her own sloppy diktats on school athletic participation policies. If Noem really meant the words tweeting out of her thumbs, she’d call for defunding public school sports programs.
But the sneering juvenility of today’s gubernatorial tweet demonstrates she has no interest in logical or factual consistency. She just wants attention.
President Joe Biden, of course, does not want to take away any child’s food or force any child to compete against any other child. President Biden is simply following the law of the land as established by the Gorsuch Court in 2018. The USDA Food and Nutrition Service announced the policy that has twisted Noem’s knickers back on May 5 (a month ago, when Noem was still busy playing coy with Corey at Herbster’s election wake and making her campaign manager disappear; she evidently needed Corey to hand her the articles from the conservatariat and Jesus freaks starting to breathe fire on this issue to get interested). In that announcement, the FNS explained that it is applying the interpretation of sexual discrimination to include discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity to make sure more kids can access food at school:
Under the leadership of the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA and FNS are issuing this interpretation to help ensure its programs are open, accessible and help promote food and nutrition security, regardless of demographics.
This action is in line with President Biden’s Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation, and is consistent with the Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, in which the Court held that the prohibition on sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 extends to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
This action is also in line with the USDA’s efforts to promote nutrition security, which is the consistent access to safe, healthy, affordable food essential to optimal health and well-being. Nutrition security places an emphasis on advancing equity to ensure all Americans have access to nutritious foods that promote health and well-being regardless of race, ethnicity, identity or background.
…As a result, state and local agencies, program operators and sponsors that receive funds from FNS must investigate allegations of discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Those organizations must also update their non-discrimination policies and signage to include prohibitions against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation [USDA Food Nutrition Service, press release, 2022.05.05].
Schools taking federal funds to feed kids must thus ensure that they, too, are following the law of the land and protecting the civil rights of LGBT students. That action doesn’t take food away from children any more than requiring that schools prohibit discrimination against girls, Indian kids, and other groups against whom school officials of Noem’s ilk have previously found cause in their dark souls to discriminate.
As for the terror Kristi seeks to strike in her base’s hearts with her picture of cute little (Aryan?) girls facing the threat of hunger and contests with boys, let’s get back to the letter of the law: the school lunch program does not force schools to do anything. Participation is voluntary. If a South Dakota school district wants taxpayers from Minnesota, Illinois, New York, and California to subsidize its school lunch program, then it chooses to follow certain federal requirements. If a South Dakota school district thinks feeding kids at low cost is less important than making life harder for gay and transgender kids, the school is free to pay for its own darn meals.
This tweet comes with a threat to sue the Biden Administration, but she hasn’t filed any suit yet—Team Noem says she’s waiting for USDA to publish the final rule. Given Noem’s previous record when she enters the courtroom, where Corey’s slogans are useless and she has to argue real law, President Biden can only hope that Kristi’s “See you in court” is a promise, not a threat.