Former collegiate swimmer-turned-activist Riley Gaines accused Rep. Summer season Lee of being a “misogynist” after the Pennsylvania Democrat derided the NCAA All-American’s testimony as “transphobic” and requested that or not it’s stricken from the document throughout a fiery congressional listening to Tuesday.
Lee, a member of the so-called “Squad” of far-left lawmakers, accused Gaines and different witnesses on the panel of being “transphobic” in her opening remarks whereas arguing in help of the Biden administration’s proposed rule adjustments to Title IX that will outlaw banning transgender college students from taking part on groups in keeping with their gender identification.
“It’s disappointing to me that though the title of this listening to implies a much-needed dialogue we’re seemingly going to be compelled to hearken to transphobic bigotry,” the first-year Home lawmaker stated through the Home Oversight Subcommittee on Well being Care and Monetary Companies listening to. “As a result of truly defending feminine athletes and Title IX is essential. Taking part in sports activities supplies so many advantages to our younger individuals.
“Madam Chair, I ask that whereas we sit by means of this listening to and the hateful misinformation I’m positive is coming our means, allow us to not overlook the youngsters on the core of this difficulty,” Lee added.
Gaines, who competed towards transgender swimmer Lia Thomas and has since turn out to be an outspoken proponent of reserving girls’s sports activities for organic females, took difficulty with Lee’s characterization of her testimony.
“After all, there’s a place for everybody, no matter gender identification, no matter sexual orientation, no matter race or what sports activities you play. There’s a spot for everybody to play sports activities on this nation,” Gaines stated.
“However unsafe, unfair and discriminatory practices in direction of girls should cease. Inclusion can’t be prioritized over security and equity, and rating member Lee, if my testimony makes me transphobic then I consider your opening monologue makes you a misogynist.”
Simply seconds into the following witness’s testimony, Lee interrupted, demanding that Chairwoman Lisa McClain (R-Mich.) strike Gaines’ comment from the document.
After a quick dialogue, Lee’s level of order was withdrawn and the listening to resumed.
The congresswoman took to X after the listening to to slam the GOP-organized discussion board.
“I’d’ve hoped that the first [oversight] listening to I presided over can be on holding massive oil, massive pharma or banks accountable for preying on hardworking households,” Lee tweeted. “As an alternative, it’s one more extremist Republican listening to attacking trans children. What a merciless, unserious social gathering.”
Gaines, who additional argued that permitting organic male athletes to take spots on girls’s groups is “sex-based discrimination” and “violates Title IX, no matter what the brand new rules may say,” earned reward for her testimony from conservatives, together with Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
“The Biden administration’s Title IX rewrite is a direct assault on girls’s rights. [Gaines] has extra braveness than lots of our elected officers, who let males compete in girls’s sports activities and invade female-only areas as a substitute of standing as much as strain from left-wing activists,” the 2024 White Home hopeful stated in an X submit.
Gaines endorsed DeSantis’ presidential bid in June.