Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines: Many Lia Thomas teammates thanked me for speaking out

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University of Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines has teamed up with Sen, Rand Paul, R-Ky., to advocate for fairness in women’s sports ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, and she said she was even thanked by Lia Thomas’ teammates for doing it.

The duo joined “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday to discuss the controversy surrounding the permission of biological men to compete in women’s sports.

“In fact, a ton of Lia Thomas’ teammates have reached out to me personally and thanked me for what I’m doing because it’s something they deal with every day,” Gaines told co-host Brian Kilmead. “But of course they are intimidated, threatened, emotionally blackmailed.”


Gaines said she had many examples of Ivy League schools taking action to keep their female swimmers from speaking out.

“One such example is an email sent to the Ivy League swimmer saying that if you feel uncomfortable changing in an area where you will see male genitalia, here are some resources and you should ask for advice.”

Gaines and Paul have teamed up in a new campaign ad to highlight issues in women’s sport, with the senator saying he’s ‘not afraid to fight’ to protect women’s sport as he faces his re-election in November.

University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas competes in the women’s 200m freestyle final during the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships on March 18, 2022 at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
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But Paul thinks more women agree with them on the issue, agreeing that only biological women should compete in women’s sports.

“I think there’s actually kind of a growing number of moderate or independent or even liberal women, who have daughters who participate in football and swimming and all these different sports who say to themselves, this is just not fair,” Paul said. . “It’s a matter of fairness.”


“My wife always says, where are the feminists on this issue? And there are, but they’re rare because the liberal media is running over you and saying you’re a hater,” he continued. “And it’s not about hate, it’s about fairness.”

A recent poll indicates that a majority of Americans oppose transgender athletes who compete against women because of a “competitive advantage” they have over their biological competitors.

Amid these findings, Gaines said she hasn’t received as much attention to her stance as the media has portrayed.

“I haven’t had as much backlash as you might think, like the media wants you to believe,” Gaines said. “The support I’ve received is ten times greater than anything negative.”


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