Former President Donald Trump misunderstood transgender athlete Lia Thomas when he said he would ban transgender women from participating in women’s sports.
The former president held a rally Friday in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where he stumbled across his favorite Republican candidates in this month’s primary and November midterm elections.
“We will also keep men out of women’s sports,” he said. Mr. Trump then cited the example of Ms. Thomas, the University of Pennsylvania swimmer who transitioned and later won first place in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I swimming championship.
Many conservatives have since used her as an example to say she had an unfair advantage. Mr Trump said a female swimmer couldn’t break a record because of Ms. Thomas.
“And by the way, he just got the female athlete of the year, did you know that?” “Is our country going to hell or what? “
Mr Trump continued to mis-sex her, saying “he had such a wingspan,” showing how tall she was.
Mr. Trump also named another transgender athlete, this time a weightlifter, who he believes had an unfair advantage and misgendered him again.
The former president’s words come as many Republican governors have signed legislation banning transgender women from participating in women’s sports. He also criticized teachers for talking to students about gender and sexuality.
“No teacher should ever teach transgender to our children without parental consent,” he added. “What they’re actually doing to your kids behind your back is insane.”
Mr. Trump added that when Republicans win a majority, they would have to crack down on drug companies for giving puberty blockers “to maim our youth.”
“We will save our children and any federal bureaucrat who is complicit in this cross-dressing must be fired immediately,” he said.
Mr. Trump also campaigned with his favorite candidate for Governor Tom Michel and spoke of his endorsement of the candidate to challenge Wisconsin House Speaker Robin Vos, who reportedly tried to pressure not to see the 2020 election results. to confirm.
The meeting comes the same day the Republican National Committee announced it will hold its 2024 convention in Milwaukee.