Determined to stand her ground, former University of Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines appeared on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to address her recent ordeal at San Francisco State University (SFSU). Gaines, an outspoken critic of transgender females participating in female sports, announced her plans to pursue legal action against those responsible for assaulting her at the liberal school.
The incident occurred when Gaines was invited to speak at SFSU. She addressed women’s rights and the protection of women’s athletics. Unfortunately, as she finished her talk, a pro-transgender mob disrupted the event, escalating into an outright attack. Gaines shared her experience of being punched, hit, and shoved during the chaos. She was grateful to the San Francisco Police for escorting her to safety.
Gaines bravely vowed not to let these events deter her. She emphasized her resolve to continue speaking, saying, “This will not silence me. When they want me to be silenced, it just means I need to speak louder.”
Disappointingly, Gaines reported that no political figure or authority in California has come to her defense, including the Dean of Students and Campus Police. As a result, Gaines is now taking matters into her own hands, ensuring that those who assaulted her will face repercussions.
As a committed athlete, Gaines has been particularly vocal about her opposition to Lia Thomas, a transgender biological male swimmer who has competed against her and other female athletes. Her speech at SFSU was focused on this issue, making the violent reaction from the mob all the more jarring.
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Despite attempts to get a comment from former Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office about the attack in her district, a response has yet to be received.
Gaines’ story is a powerful reminder of the challenges that free speech faces today, particularly on college campuses. The mob’s violent actions only highlight the importance of engaging in open, civil discussions about controversial topics.
Despite the traumatic incident, Gaines remains undeterred in her mission to protect women’s rights in sports. Her courageous stance highlights the need for open discussions surrounding controversial topics, even in the face of intimidation and violence. As she seeks legal action against her attackers, Gaines sends a powerful message about standing up for free speech and one’s beliefs.