Republican Governor Kristi Noem speaks of "liberal ideologies" at universities (symbolic image). © IMAGO/Luke Johnson
Another Republican politician is taking part in the public culture war in the United States. Kristi Noem now wants a complaints hotline at her universities.
Pierre - These are exciting times in the Republican Party. After losing the last presidential election and performing disappointingly in the midterms, they want to win the next presidential election again. Former President Donald Trump has already thrown his hat into the ring. Now, however, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has also made his candidacy official. The two have already begun to fight each other. Nevertheless, there is another Republican who has also been able to attract attention: Kristi Noem.
The South Dakota governor, like many of her party colleagues, spoke out about LGBTQ issues and universities. In her view, "liberal ideologies poison universities." In the U.S., there is a culture war between conservatives and progressives on virtually every issue.
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"In universities in this country, students are learning the importance of diversity and equity, they are given safe spaces instead of tolerating disagreements and inconveniences that they will experience in the real world," Noem said, as reported by NBC. The Conservatives would like to set up a hotline at universities where complaints can be made about the treatment on site. The goal, according to Noem, is "to hold our institutions accountable and make sure we all know what's happening at our state universities."
Among other things, universities should no longer offer the opportunity to officially change one's pronouns and no longer accept money from China. In addition, maximum periods of study are to be reduced.
Right-wing in the U.S.: CSU politicians have Ron DeSantis photographed
Noem is not the only governor from her party who has a complicated relationship with universities. Ron DeSantis also banned several courses of study in Florida, such as Critical Race Theory and Gender Studies. DeSantis is also waging every culture war that is possible in the eastern United States. Among other things, he is in conflict with the Florida-based Disney company. The accusation: the spread of precisely the "liberal ideologies" that Noem complains about.
Because of a meeting with Ron DeSantis, some CSU politicians recently came under criticism. Among others, the former Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer was there. He also recently congratulated DeSantis when he announced his candidacy. (lp)