During a speaking event on rights of female athletes at a California university, swimmer Riley Gaines was assaulted by transgender activists.
Gaines, a former University of Kentucky student who competed against University of Pennsylvania swimmer (UPENN) Lia Thomas, who identifies as a transgender woman, spoke at San Francisco State University on Thursday in conjunction with Turning Points USA.
Shortly after Gaines began her speech, she was mobbed by transgender activists shouting “trans rights are human rights!” as police attempted to escort the swimmer to safety. The swimmer reported she was physically assaulted during the altercation.
“The prisoners are running the asylum at SFSU,” wrote Gaines on Friday. “I was ambushed and physically hit twice by a man.”
“This is proof that women need sex-protected spaces. Still only further assures me I’m doing something right. When they want you silent, speak louder.”
The prisoners are running the asylum at SFSU…I was ambushed and physically hit twice by a man. This is proof that women need sex-protected spaces.
Still only further assures me I'm doing something right. When they want you silent, speak louder. 🗣️ pic.twitter.com/uJW3x9RERf
— Riley Gaines (@Riley_Gaines_) April 7, 2023
“I’m OK currently, but an hour and a half later, I’m still barricaded in a room with ambushers on the outside yelling and threatening violence,” Gaines told The Post Millennial. “As police escorted me out of the event space to my current location, I was hit, physically, twice by what I presume was a male individual. This only assures me I’m doing the right thing.”
Gaines was escorted to a safe room on campus by police, though it is unclear how long she remained barricaded.
“This is unacceptable at an American college campus, even in San Francisco,” said founder and CEO of Turning Points USA Charlie Kirk. “Pray for Riley Gaines and for our brave students at SFSU.”
“THE RADICAL RAINBOW MAFIA at it again! This is disgusting and should be denounced immediately,” wrote Caitlyn Jenner. “SHAME SHAME SHAME!”
“Women’s Swimming Star [Riley Gaines] has been violently assaulted by TRANS Activists while giving a speech on women’s sports at San Francisco State University,” wrote Gays Against Groomers’ Oli London. “A Transgender Male, wearing a dress, punched Riley repeatedly while the Trans Mob chased and harassed her until she was forced to take shelter in a locked room.”
“All because she was speaking about women’s rights.”
Women’s Swimming Star @Riley_Gaines_ has been violently assaulted by TRANS Activists while giving a speech on women’s sports at San Francisco State University.
A Transgender Male, wearing a dress, punched Riley repeatedly while the Trans Mob chased and harassed her until she… pic.twitter.com/3nkOOqDu3h
— Oli London (@OliLondonTV) April 7, 2023
“This is Queer Theory,” said podcaster Liz Wheeler. “A violent neo-Marxist revolutionary ideology intended to enrage LGBTQ people to the point where they revolt against straight white Christians.”
“Riley, you are a champ to stand up for REALITY. Proud of you.”
Gaines’ agent Eli Bremer reportedly said the swimmer will not back down from the mob following Thursday’s altercation, The Daily Wire reported.
“Instead of a thoughtful discussion tonight at SFSU, Riley was violently accosted, shouted at, physically assaulted, and barricaded in a room by protestors. It is stunning that in America in 2023, it is acceptable for biological male students to violently assault a woman for standing up for women’s rights,” Bremer said in a statement to Fox News. “This will not stop Riley from boldly educating people of the dangers of biological males in women’s sports. She will continue to speak the truth against the radical left that no longer understands the difference between men and women.”