DeSantis Signs Proclamation Declaring Florida Swimmer Winner Over Trans Competitor Lia Thomas By Tré Goins-Phillips for Faith Wire
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is righting the ship after Sarasota native and Olympic silver medalist Emma Weyant came in second place to transgender competitor Lia Thomas in last week’s 500-yard freestyle event of the Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships.
Weyant, a freshman at the University of Virginia, came in behind Thomas with a time of 4:34.99.
On Tuesday, DeSantis said during a press conference he will sign a proclamation declaring Weyant — instead of Thomas — the winner of the NCAA competition.
“If you look at what the NCAA has done by allowing basically men to compete in women’s athletics, in this case, the swimming, you had the No. 1 woman who finished was from Sarasota and then Weyant, she won the silver medal, she’s been an absolute superstar her whole career,” said the governor. “She trains, I mean, to compete at that level is very, very difficult. And you don’t just roll out of bed and do it. That takes grit, that takes determination, and she’s been an absolute superstar and she had the fastest time of any woman in college athletics.”
“She had the fastest time of any woman in college athletics,” he continued. “Now the NCAA is basically taking efforts to destroy women’s athletics. They’re trying to undermine the integrity of the competition, crowning somebody else the women’s champion, and we think that’s wrong.”
By allowing men to compete in women’s sports, the NCAA is destroying opportunities for women, making a mockery of its championships, and perpetuating a fraud.
In Florida, we reject these lies and recognize Sarasota’s Emma Weyant as the best women’s swimmer in the 500y freestyle. pic.twitter.com/tBmFxFE3q6
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) March 22, 2022
1 state down – 49 to go elect this type of leadership and we have this all day, every day https://t.co/LFH2wtMyiM
— TheDailyCoin (@RoryTDC) March 22, 2022