Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas has been at the center of controversy in recent weeks.
After dominating a field of female athletes, the biological male has been widely accused of benefiting from innate physical advantages.
Of course, many leftist activists insist that Thomas is just as much female as the swimmers who were born with two X chromosomes.
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, however, is firmly on the side of those who believe only biological females should compete against each other.
He recently excoriated the NCAA over its controversial handling of the situation.
In a recent tweet, he shared his thoughts on the matter and included a resolution that declared Emma Weyant, a Sarasota native who placed second in a recent competition, was the true winner.
By allowing men to compete in women's sports, the NCAA is destroying opportunities for women, making a mockery of its championships, and perpetuating a fraud.
In Florida, we reject these lies and recognize Sarasota's Emma Weyant as the best women's swimmer in the 500y freestyle. pic.twitter.com/tBmFxFE3q6
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) March 22, 2022
Conservative pundit Buck Sexton reacted to the governor’s declaration during a recent radio show.
He also weighed in with his own thoughts, as reported by WFBK:
Welcome to reality, and welcome to voting for Republicans. It’s just a question of time, because if you insist in living in reality, you’re not going to be able to vote in good conscience for these leftist loons of the Democrat party. Clay, at some level you bring this up with the existence of Lia Thomas’ male genitalia and the changing on a regular basis in front of women. You think about indecent exposure, for example, right?
If you walk up to somebody who does not want to see that part of you, you get arrested for this, right? Because we have some understanding that this is an affront to a person’s dignity to have to see this. Although these days in New York City, I mean, there’s all kinds of stuff going on. It feels like nobody gets arrested for anything here anymore. But in general, you could be arrested for this.
There’s been, I think, all along an exploitation by the left of conservative kindness and courtesy. This is how they’ve gotten even to this point. “Oh, come on. Be nice to everybody. Be inclusive. Just use the preferred pronoun. This is just about being nice to people. Why won’t you be nice to people?” Always in the context of whoever the trans individual is deserves your kindness and sympathy. By the way, all people, including trans people, deserve our kindness, sympathy, and decency.
What they leave out of the conversation is what about the women in the locker room? How is it kind to them? How is it kind and courteous to tell a woman who has been swimming her entire life that she can basically remember, “Sorry, you don’t get to have your peak athletic experience. You don’t get that gold medal that you earned.
DeSantis is hardly alone in expressing outrage over the rules that allowed Thomas to compete against female swimmers.
WOW: Virginia Tech swimmer Reka Gyorgy says her finals spot was stolen from her by Lia Thomas because of "the @NCAA's decision to let someone who is not a biological female to compete." pic.twitter.com/vrtEfqZ0LW
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) March 20, 2022
If the girls refuse to swim against Lia Thomas JUST ONCE, the rules would change immediately 🤷🏾♀️
— Lavern Spicer (@lavern_spicer) March 19, 2022
This is Emma Weyant from the University of Virginia.
She finished in second place to Lia Thomas in the women’s 500 Free at the NCAA national championships.
But she’s the true winner to all of us. pic.twitter.com/RbMAT3w2Dz
— American Principles 🇺🇸 (@approject) March 18, 2022
Prior to his tweet, DeSantis explained his motivation for issuing a declaration in support of Weyant.
According to Fox News:
“We’re going to be doing a proclamation saying that Emma [Weyant] is the best female swimmer” in the 500-yard freestyle event last week, DeSantis said Tuesday. “She earned that and we need to stop allowing organizations like the NCAA to perpetuate frauds on the public.”
Emma Weyant, an Olympic medalist and Florida native attending the University of Virginia, lost to Thomas by 1.75 seconds in the 500-yard freestyle event last Thursday. She clocked a time of 4:34.99, falling behind Thomas in the final 100 yards of the 500 freestyle event. It was Weyant’s fastest career time, WFLA reported.
In the following video clip, DeSantis provides additional information about his motivation.
Do you believe the NCAA should change its rules in the interest of fairness?