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Noem’s Childish Tweet About Biden, School Lunch, and Discrimination Policy Completely Wrong

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:

Gov. Kristi Noem, tweet, 2022.06.02.
Gov. Kristi Noem, tweet, 2022.06.02.

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 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.

25 Comments

  1. grudznick 2022-06-02

    It is very disappointing, even for Mr. Biden, to take food away from children trying to study at school. Back to the old lunch buckets, says grudznick, and they’ll probably be better off for it. You load up your jar of applesauce, a bologna sandwich, perhaps with cheese if you are lucky, and a baggie with some triskets and you’re set. Small thermos of milk. It’s a time honored tradition, and you carry it in a paper bag you make last the week, or you get a Snoopy the dog bucket for your birthday and then make sure nobody filtches it.

  2. Mark Anderson 2022-06-02

    Government actually established girls sports across America. It’s so hard to educate Republicans isn’t it? Grudz, you can invite them to your common cents breakfast instead of lying about President Biden. Will anyone answer my simple question about how many tranz athletes participated in South Dakota sports? It’s simply the powerful using the powerless to get ahead. The Republican way of life.

  3. Arlo Blundt 2022-06-02

    Mark…apparently there was one potential trans athlete a couple of years ago, although I don’t know if that student ever participated interscholastically in a sport. Last weekend was the State Track Meet in Sioux Falls and of the hundreds of athletes, boys and girls, there was no report that any trans athlete participated. So, there you have it. Phony Bologna.

  4. P. Aitch 2022-06-02

    grudznick is “very disappointing” when commenting on something with a “dimly lit” understanding of the situation. And, it’s all too common.

    America’s Food and Nutrition department said its 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 which prohibits discrimination along those lines.

  5. Amy B. 2022-06-02

    Mark Anderson… if I remember right there have been 2 in the past decade that requested to play. One was allowed to and one was not. The SDHSAA has a policy for these kids and they are taken on a case by case basis.

  6. Arlo Blundt 2022-06-02

    Thank you Amy for clearing that up. I’m aware that the Activities Association has established a policy that is viewed as fair and equitable by the vast majority of the coaches and athletic directors in the state. The Governor wants to suspend the authority of the Activities Association on this peripheral issue and inject the cruel and arbitrary hand of government into high school sports. Phony Bologna.

  7. jerry 2022-06-03

    Lewandowski cleared it with trump and then passed it to NOem. NOem has never had a complete thought in her life as she is dependent on her men to do the thinking even as making lying points on her father’s death and it’s aftermath profit for her. Someone who hates gays as much as she claims too, could be in the closet like so many other republican frauds.

  8. grudznick 2022-06-03

    Goats for grudznick

  9. O 2022-06-03

    Now Governor Noem is pro-Socialist lunches?

    By the way, the picture on the tweet and the accompanying dialogue work just as well if one swaps out “Governor Noem” for “President Biden.”

  10. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2022-06-03

    Thanks, O, for reminding us that just a year ago, Noem was tweeting that there’s no such thing as a free lunch to snark-tweet another Republican for supporting giving food to the poor. But that’s the joy of being Corey Lewandowski’s show-pony: policy consistency is not required, only a willingness to say and do whatever it takes in the moment to get attention and make people forget anything you’ve said and done in the past.

  11. Ryan 2022-06-03

    as i was reading these comments, i was thinking, boy – that’s a lot of new goats for grudz. and sure enough, he was there to claim them before i got to the bottom haha

  12. All Mammal 2022-06-03

    Mr. Anderson- I hope this might help, although it isn’t exact stats on the subject.

    In high school, we had a guy try out for our volleyball team. He got cut. But our coaches definitely gave him a chance. He wound up becoming our team manager and still was a vital part of our team.

    I saw on the televised state cheerleading competition, a few of the small, country schools had males on the squad. Pom-poms and all. They were probably so thankful to have enough bodies to participate. And they performed well.

    If a high school boy can make it just fine being a cheerleader at a podunk, SD high school, there is no excuse for Anti-Kristi to get involved. They were thriving without her.

  13. Arlo Blundt 2022-06-03

    All Mammal–when I was a kid growing up in small town South Dakota our school traditionally had one male cheerleader. It was not thought to be odd at all….Colleges have male and female cheerleaders, and have for decades. What’s the problem??? The Governor believes cheerleading must be modeled on the Dallas Cowboy strippers to conform with her idea of what a cheerleading squad is or should be. She’s mindlessly following the mass, commercial culture of this country.

  14. All Mammal 2022-06-03

    Mr. Blundt- I understand and agree with you. There is nothing wrong with kids participating. I had a girlfriend kick for our middle school football team. Although she did quit because she would rather play indoor soccer. Not one objection was raised the whole time I played school sports when kids tried out for whatever they wanted.
    As far as the boy cheerleaders, I wasn’t mentioning the strapping, throwers at the bottom of the pyramid. Although the kids were not trans, they weren’t throwing the girls in the air. I wondered how many boys have had the desire to participate but were thwarted because policies like Governor Noem’s.
    When the kids are left to create their own society, without the perversion of adult overlording, its a beautiful thing and we can all learn from it.

  15. Eve Fisher 2022-06-03

    Hard to believe that we live in a time in which conservatives are having a fit because the US Government is ensuring that schools treat and feed all children in their school equally, regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, or gender, instead of allowing people to insult, humiliate, ostracize and starve children whom they dislike or whose parents they disagree with. You know, the way they used to be able to do.* ‘Ah,’ they say, ‘for the good old days when children could be made to go hungry so that we can prove that we love God!’
    Then again, no, I totally believe it. Look at Mr. Grudznick, lying & griping as if his portfolio depended on it.

    *“I am not comfortable with the transgenders,” Luther said, speaking at a candidate forum in northeast Texas. “The kids that they brought in my classroom, when they said that this kid is transgendering into a different sex, that I couldn’t have kids laugh at them…” (Shelley Luther, TX, former teacher and GOP candidate – of course.)
    https://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/out-politics-and-policy/texas-gop-candidate-not-comfortable-transgender-children-rcna15505

  16. mike from iowa 2022-06-03

    magats demand action against a teeny fraction of a percentage of school age kids that might want to
    compete in sports and yet refuse to act against mass murderers and their mass murdering weapons of choice to prevent more mass murders they know will happen likely every day.

  17. mike from iowa 2022-06-03

    Look how fast magats go after abortions that murder no one and refuse to touch guns.

  18. Mark Anderson 2022-06-03

    Don’t you think folks that studies are done by the pubs on top. Let’s direct all our candidates to talk about CRT, transgenders, rights begin at conception( if it did, God would have to go on trial for wiping out over half of the human race), just so they don’t have to talk about anything pertaining to reality. Winning is everything, seriously.

  19. Lottie 2022-06-04

    I shouldn’t really comment on school lunches but half the time my grandkids don’t eat half the food. Seems theres a lot of waste. One older grandson skips school lunch altogether. My hubbys mom sent his lunch with him in a lard can. I was always hungry as a child, hated spinach, loved the chocolate milk. Today i think kids eat too much snacks constantly and i bet food lunch programs throw alot out.

  20. Bonnie B Fairbank 2022-06-05

    Kristi’s 2022.06.02 tweet, re: girls’ sports, was six times dumber than a box of rocks, as she is. She makes Sarah Palin appear brilliant.
    I don’t always agree with Bill Maher, but his June 4 statement that America “…might be empirically, verifyably too f-ing dumb to continue as an ongoing enterprise” should strike a chord with all readers and contributors here.
    Oh, my aching head.

  21. mike from iowa 2022-06-05

    Shooting in Philly overnight killed at least three and wounded 10 or 11 more. Magats will run out the outrage clock again and go on making the wealthy wealthier and making public schools wish they’d never been given birth.

  22. Donald Pay 2022-06-05

    Lottie is correct. There is a lot of food wasted, and sometimes the food isn’t that good for kids, either, so maybe wasting some of it is good. One of the things a group of us earth friendly students did at Augie (early 1970s) was to collect the aluminum trays the school lunch came in and spray the trays out to recycle them. It was a dirty job, but it was the beginning of a recycling effort that sort of fizzled out until it took off in the 1990s when markets improved. We wondered at the time about composting the food that was thrown out, but we never got around to figuring out how to do that.

    School lunch is a real headache for a guy like me. I want kids to eat good food, but school lunch often is loaded with carbs and salt and fat. It’s better than starving, I suppose. I remember the Rapid City schools re-jiggered the school lunch program at the high schools when they went to a closed campus in the early 2000s. At that time we decided it was more important to hold kids at school and feed them what they wanted, which was pizza, tacos, etc., etc. Also, they were going to try to have more fresh foods. Not sure how it worked out, because we moved away.

    I don’t see what the fuss is about. Schools have no problem updating policies in this area. It’s not that big a deal to the kids. It’s only a few adults who have their panties in a wad. These adults need grow up.

  23. Bonnie B Fairbank 2022-06-05

    Addressing the food topic. My high school lunches in the Mill Creek Community School system, Cascade High School, Indiana,1972, were so unremarkable the highlight was the cut greenbeans that were canned with cut, immature Canadian thistle stems, leaves, and blossom pods. I also remember lime jello squares with shredded carrots, cabbage, and red onions. Bless the saints, NO MIRACLE WHIP, NO MARSHMALLOWS.

  24. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2022-06-05

    Whatever may be on the menu, school lunch and school breakfast fill a lot of tummies and make life easier for millions of of families. President Biden is committed to continuing that great public service; his USDA is just making sure that schools who avail themselves of this great federal benefit follow federal rules and recognized Supreme Court interpretation of law. Noem’s tweet is a multi-faceted lie.

  25. Bonnie B Fairbank 2022-06-05

    Noem’s tweets are always crammed with multi-faceted lies and unfathomable stupidities. That’s why she’s our Reptilian governor.

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