Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issues proclamation that female collegiate swimmer Emma Weyant beat transgender swimmer Lia Thomas for 500 yards to become NCAA champion The “legitimate winner” of the freestyle competition.
Weyant, a 20-year-old Sarasota native currently competing for the University of Virginia, finished runner-up last week after Thomas.
“By allowing men to play in women’s sports, the NCAA is undermining women’s opportunities, taunting its championships, and perpetuating fraud,” DeSantis announced on Twitter. announcement.
“In Florida, we reject these lies and acknowledge Sarasota’s Emma Weyant as the best female swimmer in the 500 freestyle.”
The statement noted that DeSantis believed that “men should not compete with women,” calling Wynter a true winner and congratulating her on her “major achievement.”
By allowing men to play in women’s sports, the NCAA is undermining women’s opportunities, taunting its championships, and perpetuating fraud.
In Florida, we reject these lies and admit that Sarasota’s Emma Weyant is the best female swimmer in the 500 freestyle. pic.twitter.com/tBmFxFE3q6
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) March 22, 2022
DeSantis fires Lia Thomas, announces Emma Weyant for NCAA title
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Emma Weyant cheered for her second place while Lia Thomas’s support was more low-key when the medals were presented after the NCAA championship game.
Second place is the new first: Emma Weyant is the women’s 500m freestyle champion
At the podium Thursday night, the crowd cheered even more for Veyant, mingling with boos as officials turned to Thomas.https://t.co/owTRtqQLRT
— Hannah Nightingale (@HannahNighting) March 18, 2022
Gov. DeSantis strongly disapproved of Leah Thomas at a news conference on Tuesday.
“We need to stop allowing organizations like the NCAA to continue to defraud the public, which is what they’re doing,” he said.
DeSantis went on to describe Veyant as “the superstar of her entire career” who “had the fastest results of any woman in college track and field.”
Congrats, Emma Weint. The NCAA is trying to undermine the integrity of the women’s sport.As a mother of two daughters, I am @GovRonDeSantis Fight for the opportunity for women to succeed in athletics. pic.twitter.com/sbQh3YfFk3
— Casey DeSantis (@FLCaseyDeSantis) March 22, 2022
Declaration of praise
Social media users responded positively to DeSantis’ announcement that Emma Weyant was Lia Thomas’ “legitimate winner.”
“As a father of 3 daughters, one of whom is competing at the high school level, thank you for standing up for girls and women,” one person wrote.
As a father of 3 daughters, one of whom is competing at the high school level, thank you for standing up for girls and women.
— PaulRDube (@PaulRDube3) March 22, 2022
The Oran Sentinel, meanwhile, responded by accusing DeSantis of wading into “gender politics” and describing Veyant as a woman, but putting the word in quotation marks.
Gov. Ron DeSantis stepped further into gender politics today with a proclamation that a swimmer from Sarasota became the nation’s 500-meter after finishing second as a transgender athlete at the NCAA Championships Best “Women” in Freestyle. https://t.co/pVSAUVn92a pic.twitter.com/c9zNgaaWtU
– Orlando Sentinel (@orlandosentinel) March 22, 2022
DeSantis’ press secretary, Christina Pushaw, slammed the Sentinel for putting quotes around a descriptive term that was an “indisputable fact” and mocked the media for being “out of the abyss.”
Uh, why are there “females” in quotes here? Emma is female; it’s an indisputable fact. Florida media is really going deep this week. pic.twitter.com/Pd8GpSXIDH
— Christina Pushaw 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) March 22, 2022
Last year, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the Women’s Sports Equity Act, which states that “sport teams or sports designated as female, female, or girls shall not be open to male students” listed on their birth certificates. what went wrong.
“As a father of two daughters, I want my daughters, and every girl in Florida, to compete on a level playing field for young women’s opportunities in sports,” DeSantis said.
“Women have fought for equal opportunity in athletics for decades, and we must prevent those opportunities from being eroded like other states,” he added. “It’s common sense.”
Thomas spent three years swimming as a male at the University of Pennsylvania before the transition.according to Essentially a movementThomas was ranked 65th nationally in the 500-yard freestyle.
Now, Thomas is a “women’s” champion recognized everywhere in the NCAA…except Florida.