Is that LEGAL? South Dakota triggers liberal meltdown by sending National Guard to Texas with PRIVATE funding
News that South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is sending 50 National Guard troops to help Texas secure the border with Mexico was troubling enough, but the revelation it was funded by a private donor set Democrat pundits fuming. Read Full Article at RT.com
News that South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is sending 50 National Guard troops to help Texas secure the border with Mexico was troubling enough, but the revelation it was funded by a private donor set Democrat pundits fuming.
Noem, a Republican, announced on Monday evening that she would be sending “up to 50 National Guard troops to Texas to secure our southern border, and help solve the human and national security crisis that [President Joe Biden] has created.”
Fellow Republican Governor Greg Abbott of Texas thanked Noem and said the two states will “keep our communities safe and help end this crisis.”
What really set off corporate media journalists and Twitter talking heads, however, was the revelation that South Dakota taxpayers won’t have to pay for the deployment, which may last for a month or two. The entire expedition will be funded by a “private donation,” Noem’s spokesman Ian Fury revealed in a tweet. Reached by Business Insider, Fury said that a donation from the Willis and Reba Johnson's foundation provided the funding.
Johnson’s automotive salvage and auction business have brought him a $2.2 billion fortune, which he has used to back Republican politicians and causes. The donation caused Democrat pundits to see red.
“How is this legal?” was the most common reaction, combined with a multitude of takes that argued it wasn’t, and that Noem was “renting” South Dakota’s citizen militia out as a private mercenary force.
Seriously, do we have any state law experts who can explain how the National Guard can be outsourced to private donors? https://t.co/rE8VYv70OE— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) June 29, 2021
Noem “just turned her state's citizen [sic] into a private, for-hire security force, which she will then send out of state over the summer,” howled MSNBC columnist Chris Geidner.
"The deployment will be paid for by a private donation."— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) June 29, 2021
Kristi Noem just turned her state's citizen into a private, for-hire security force, which she will then send out of state over the summer. https://t.co/0oAnz2NN0G
Someone who described herself as “Mom. Retired colonel. Lifetime liberal” argued the deployment was blatantly illegal and violated both federal and state statutes.
This is not legal. Retired National Guard colonel here. The guard troops must be paid and authorized under title 10 (for federal appropriations) or title 32 (state appropriations). They are not mercenaries!