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All-American swimmer Riley Gaines has been at the forefront of defending women’s sports after tying transgender competitor Lia Thomas at the NCAA championships.
In contrast, pro soccer player and former USA team member Megan Rapinoe argues that biological males do not pose a threat to women’s sports.
Gaines said, “I can respect opinions that differ from my own and everyone is entitled to think/speak independently, but I can’t help but think Megan Rapinoe would genuinely shiv any male who tried to take her spot on the US Women’s National Team.”
Riley Gaines Rips Megan Rapinoe For Attacking Bill Protecting Women’s Sports https://t.co/W1ufOE0ktn pic.twitter.com/Q5eFcLq9SF
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) April 11, 2023
I can respect opinions that differ from my own and everyone is entitled to think/speak
independently, but I can't help but think Megan Rapinoe would genuinely shiv any male who tried to take her spot on the US Women's National Team.
— Riley Gaines (@Riley_Gaines_) April 11, 2023
Riley Gaines was recently ambused and assaulted during an appearance at San Francisco State University where she delivered a speech defending women’s sports from biological males.
Rapinoe has argued that trans athletes should be allowed to participate in sports of the opposite biological gender in order to reduce suicide.
“They are committing suicide,” Rapinoe said about transgender children. “We’re talking about kids.”
Former NCAA swimmer Riley Gaines called out Megan Rapinoe early Tuesday morning, accusing the American soccer player of having nothing to lose in the fight for the soul of women's sports. https://t.co/AvRJUNQSBE pic.twitter.com/g2uytA9oaC
— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) April 11, 2023
“We’re talking about people’s lives. We’re talking about the entire state government coming down on one child in some states, three children in some states,” she added.
“Life is the most important thing in life,” Rapinoe told Time Magazine. “And so much of this trans inclusion argument has been put through the extremely tiny lens of elite sports. Like that is not the way that we need to be framing this question.”
Isn't this the same #MeganRapinoe who sued US Soccer because women players don't make as much money as male ones? If she'd had to compete against boys for a spot on her high school team, she wouldn't have had to worry about what pro athletes make because she'd be a waitress. pic.twitter.com/KEjvFgZwHh
— 🌷🌷Isadora Bright. 🌷🌷 (@BrightIsadora1) April 14, 2023
San Francisco State University *THANKED* protesters after Riley Gaines was attacked.
Gaines was attacked by a violent mob for speaking out against men taking over women's sports.
She was assaulted and the mob DEMANDED money for her safe release.https://t.co/AOPJIZgRse
— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) April 9, 2023