Especially for politics, I think the #1 rule of public speaking is know your audience. And in the matter of Paula Hawks’ recent speech to USD Students, I’m not sure she was there:
One of Hawks’ main points was that she would fight to give women reproductive rights and keep the government out of the bedroom and out of the doctor’s office.
Hawks was critical of the Republican opposition, which often fights against big government.
The small crowd was engaged with Hawks throughout the evening, but her use of the phrase “All Lives Matter” elicited groans from the audience.
One of those people annoyed was senior Mason Calhoun.
“The whole mantra of ‘All Lives Matter’ is really just to me a way to silence the concerns of groups like Black Lives Matter,” Calhoun said.
“Personally she lost me a little bit on the All Lives Matter thing, but just about everything else she said I pretty strongly agree with.”
I really can’t say I’ve ever heard South Dakota audiences who have assembled being overly concerned about hashtags declaring whose lives matter. But, it’s always good to hear when an audience groans at Democrats.