Kristi Noem May Have Made a Decision That Will Haunt Her

It may seem like a small misstep from the outside, but Kristi Noem may have made a decision that could cost her the Republican nomination for the 2024 presidential election.

The popular governor of South Dakota recently sent back a bill in her state that banned biological men from competing in women’s athletics. Noem sent the bill back to the drawing table with new language that her detractors are saying waters down the legislation.

Trouble for 2024?

Over the last year, Noem had emerged as the sweetheart of the Republican Party, largely due to her decision to keep her state open despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Supporters of freedom of choice praised the governor for making her decisions in the best interest of South Dakota.


While she had been in the driver’s seat to position herself as a leading contender for the Republican nomination for president in 2024, this decision on the bill may have rubbed off some of the shine of her rising status in the party.

Bending to Corporate Causes?

Critics of Noem’s decision accuse her of bending to corporate interests in her decision to not sign the legislation as is. Critics say that Amazon is playing a significant factor in Noem’s decision to cater to corporate interests. The tech giant is looking at a facility in Sioux Falls, possibly affecting the way that Noem responds to legislation that may be viewed as unfavorable in liberal corporate America.

Although it is too early to tell if this decision may come back to haunt her in a few years, it could be a harbinger of things to come for Noem.