Sally Jo Sorensen brings to the top of the pile the undercard on my story about Governor Kristi Noem’s dishonest CRT attack on her Democratic challenger Jamie Smith:
We were warned by a friend who works as a congressional staffer that Kristi Noem was known among staffers serving both parties for being a nincompoop.
One of her new campaign ads—coupled with choices back in April for the second studies standard work group—provide another illustration of nitwittery.
A new Noem ad is scolding Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jamie Smith for supporting teaching critical race theory in South Dakota schools, citing a February 15 nay vote on 2022 House Bill 1337 as evidence.
We can only wonder why one of our state representatives, Tamara St. John, was appointed as a member of that work group, since she cast the same vote against the bill. Apparently on Planet Positive Pants, such things happen [Sally Jo Sorensen, “Noem Nincompoopery: Ad Scolds Jamie Smith for Vote Shared by State Representative Appointed to 2nd Social Studies Standard Work Group,” Bluestem Prairie, 2022.09.02].
Noem tweeted her attack ad on Tuesday, claiming that Representative Jamie Smith (D-15/Sioux Falls) “actively promoted the training of Critical Race Theory within our state.” The ad splashes text saying Smith “voted to bring CRT to South Dakota.” The ad voice says “Jamie Smith even voted to bring CRT to our kids’ classrooms.” Noem bases all of these lines on the February vote Sorenson cites.
Noem’s claims are lies. But by the logic of her lies, Representative Tamara St. John (R-1/Sisseton) “actively promoted the training of Critical Race Theory” and “voted to bring CRT” to our state and our classrooms.
Two months later, Governor Noem appointed Representative St. John to the streamlined workgroup she empaneled to erase the sins of the original workgroup and revise the social studies curriculum standards for all K-12 schools.
Governor Noem says a vote against her thought-control bill equals active promotion of a dangerous theory that disqualifies one from public service. Yet Governor Noem appointed a person who cast just such a vote to help write the standards for our kids’ social studies classes, a position from which an active promoter of CRT could embed that theory’s dangerous principles in what every child, from kindergartner to high school senior, learns about America every day. Great Caesar’s Ghost—Noem might as well have asked CRT ringleader Ibram X. Kendi to write the standards!
By Noem’s own logic, Noem appointed an active promoter of CRT to the second social standards workgroup. The name of that active promoter of CRT is on the standards now proposed for every South Dakota K-12 classroom. Noem has endorsed those standards. Thus, Kristi Noem is actively promoting critical race theory in South Dakota classrooms.