Kristi Noem and Larry Rhoden stopped for coffee and groceries in Sioux Falls yesterday. But Team Noem didn’t tweet its mingling from Golf Addiction’s (Golf—We’re On It?) Food Truck Tuesday. Owners Adam Scott and John Miller say people who “bombarded” the Governor with “an aggressive demeanor” ruined the event for everybody and made a little girl cry:
The “aggressive” “group” appears to be two women and a camera person, including abortion-rights activist Tiffany Campbell, who raised their concerns about the implications of South Dakota’s near-total abortion ban before Rhoden and the squad formed a man-wall and followed Kristi away:
Krisit couldn't handle the attention and ran. pic.twitter.com/yvczkDYxnZ
— Mitch Bartlett (@mitch_bartlett) August 30, 2022
Campbell summarizes the conversation:
It went like this: I asked her if there should be abortion exceptions for cases like mine. Abort one twin to save the other. She said there was, I said there wasn’t. I asked her to support a bill providing that exception, then she ran [Tiffany Campbell, tweet, 2022.08.30].
That’s strange: in her calamitous July 3 CNN interview, Governor Noem acknowledged that South Dakota’s near-total abortion ban, triggered June 24 by the Alito Court’s Dobbs ruling, makes “abortions… illegal, except to save the life of the mother.” Aborting one fetus to save the life of another is definitely not included in that sole exception to South Dakota’s abortion ban. A woman in Campbell’s 2006 situation would have been stuck waiting for the non-viable fetus to expire and cause its twin to do the same.
But subjecting Noem and Rhoden to difficult policy questions evidently constitutes an “aggressive demeanor”. Please do not interrupt their photo opps with any sign of displeasure or disagreement.
Stay tuned: It appears that we may get to see the Golf Addiction encounter from Noem’s point of view; her photog had her back and appeared to keep his phone camera pointed toward the convo.
Also her glamor shots photog was filming you back… pic.twitter.com/VU6y8MQq01
— I'm still your Mom's favorite! (@sdnorseman_OG) August 31, 2022