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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds slams media ‘book ban’ narrative: Just a ‘d-mn distraction’

Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds of Iowa had harsh words for people attacking the state’s laws restricting books that describe or illustrate sexual acts in schools.

During a press conference on Wednesday, a reporter asked Reynolds about local school districts claiming that there is a lack of guidance in the law, leading to the investigation of hundreds of books. The governor emphasized that the law is clear and blasted the framing of it as a “book ban” as a “d-mn distraction.”

“We are way off course. Our kids and our teachers deserve better. They deserve the tools to help these kids succeed, not a d-mn distraction on a nasty, pornographic book that should never, ever be in a classroom. Now, if you’re a parent, and you think it’s important, this is good, for your child to have access to that. Okay, go buy the book. We didn’t ban them. Go buy the book, sit down, have a conversation with your child, but let’s not put that on the teachers, and let’s not put that on the schools, and I think it’s pretty clear,” Reynolds said.

Gov. Kim Reynolds at a conference

Gov. Kim Reynolds attacked efforts to spin the removal of sexually explicit books from public school libraries into a “book ban.” (Iowa Governors Office)

She added, “And if they can’t distinguish that, I don’t know, you know, maybe we outta take a look at what they should be dealing with. So it’s just a distraction, and they’re trying, they don’t like, and so they’re blowing it out of proportion. It’s simple. The words are clear. Follow the law. Follow the law.”

The law also prohibited discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity in public schools through the sixth grade.

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Lindsay Kornick is an associate editor for Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to and on Twitter: @lmkornick.


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