Yesterday, acclaimed women’s activist Riley Gaines announced her endorsement of Ron DeSantis. Today, she appeared with DeSantis and his wife for a South Carolina rally. Riley has worked hard to stand against biological men participating in female sporting competition. She faced this issue first hand when a biological male decided to identify as female, change his name to Lia and compete in women’s swimming.
Made it to Greenville SC, where hundreds are filing into the convention center for @RonDeSantis’ final SC event of this swing.
— Meg Kinnard (@MegKinnardAP) June 2, 2023
— ✟ Right Scoop ✟ (@trscoop) June 2, 2023
Before DeSantis came on stage, local legislators and activists awarded Riley with the swimming title stolen from her by a male swimmer.
Former Kentucky swimmer, Riley Gaines, speaking now ahead of @RonDeSantis. She’s thanking state legislators who have signed onto a bill to ‘protect women’s sports’ in SC. @foxcarolinanews pic.twitter.com/EdXK0fUl0X
— Justin Dougherty (@DoughertyJC) June 2, 2023
— Lenna Fox Smith (@LFSpwc) June 2, 2023
Standing ovation for Riley Gaines at DeSantis event in Greenville, SC – the competitive swimmer who has become an advocate against trans athletes in women’s sports pic.twitter.com/BBICc6X6Bz
— Dasha Burns (@DashaBurns) June 2, 2023
Rep. Trantham presents former University of Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines with a resolution calling her a “true winner” following her fifth place tie with transgender athlete Lia Thomas in the 200-yard freestyle at the 2022 NCAA swimming championships https://t.co/R5PRRxP3CQ pic.twitter.com/m9EzZlyAOH
— Gavin Jackson (@GavinJackson) June 2, 2023
It was an inspiring moment as Gaines received the title she truly earned. Many on Twitter applauded Gaines’ bravery and sent their own congratulations via tweet.
Riley Gaines is on stage at the DeSantis event in South Carolina!! https://t.co/KQdmhqNIh5
— Chris Nelson 🇺🇸 🏝 (@ReOpenChris) June 2, 2023
— Justin Dougherty (@DoughertyJC) June 2, 2023
Great to hear from real, brave, smart, athletic and REAL woman. Keep fighting
— Tim Stump (@ThudPlane) June 2, 2023
Funny, it’s never the top-ranked boys who suddenly decide they’re girls. Always back-of-the-packers.
— Livelongandprosper (@Livelongandpr18) June 2, 2023
ITS GAINES O’CLOCK 💪🏻
— The Balkaniser 🐊 #RonDeStroyer (@TheBalkanist) June 2, 2023
Riley Gaines is a hero. Any male who competes against females in sports is a liar a cheater and a coward. pic.twitter.com/YEXCDWzOvT
— Anny Sp (@AnnySpeco) June 2, 2023
Predictably, leftists on Twitter were not so thrilled with this honor awarded to Riley. They made sure to let their feelings be known on Twitter.
Not surprised you endorse a Nazi. Shame on you.
— Kristy Kelley (@DogGroomer888) June 2, 2023
You know immediately someone is not a serious person when this is their only accusation.
Do you support the sex-based right of a woman to choose to get an abortion?
— Honorable DF (@DF72811) June 2, 2023
So, if Riley doesn’t support killing a baby, she can’t fight for women’s rights in sports? Interesting proposition.
It’s understandable you’d back a loser.
— Daniel Perkins (@perk9600) June 2, 2023
Guess since you couldn’t win races it was time for another job. 🙄
— ChefA (@cookinms) June 2, 2023
Don’t know how these people can get themselves so wound up about this. They aren’t a victim of anything, but they are victimizing others.
— TawniKondo 🇺🇦 (@TawniKondo) June 2, 2023
Pretty sure the elite female swimmers who worked hard their whole lives to win titles and awards, only to lose them to biological men, are indeed, the victims.
you decided you could make more money as a traveling grievance barker than you could as a dentist.
but yeah, sure- put your life on hold sounds way better.
— jon moreira (@more_air_a) June 2, 2023
— Ricky Mohla (@therealradricky) June 2, 2023
Poor thing just lost a ton of supporters
— Jay Oatman (@ElVicious1) June 2, 2023
A fifth place swimmer was able to make a name a name for herself by being a transphobe.
— Colt Smith (@FootballExpert) June 2, 2023
Yeah, looked at her timeline, it’s nothing but straightforward bigotry, shame that mainstream media launders it for the advantage of right wing
— Google Polyphia (@JTTSoundSystem) June 2, 2023
Riley has been assaulted, called names and held hostage for ransom at a college in California. There are certainly easier paths than the one she has chosen to take. She is to be admired for her steel spine.
If the left had treated the question of trans women participation in women's sports as a question upon which reasonable minds could differ in good faith – would Gaines have been at this event?
— Robert DeVries (@rdinsf) June 2, 2023
Excellent question. How many people are the left driving away with their ridiculous position on this issue? For now, young women like Riley will carry the mantle for women’s sports and ensure there is equal representation.