President Donald Trump vowed to ban biological men from participating in women’s sports during his rally in Texas over the weekend.
The debate around biological men competing in women’s sports has become increasingly tense, as transgender University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas has been breaking women’s swimming records.
Thomas was on the men’s swimming team at the university, with unremarkable results, until 2019.
“We will ban men from participating in women’s sports,” Trump asserted. “So ridiculous.”
“Did you see the man that was on a swimming team at a certain school that I know very well? The record held for like 11 years, he beat it by 38 seconds!” Trump continued. “But the best is the weightlifting records – they’re going. One guy walks in with one hand…he broke the record that held up for 20 years. For 20 years they’re putting a little half an ounce on each side of the weights and the women are working so hard.”
Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard competed at the Tokyo Olympics, but biological woman Wenwen Li of China of took the gold.
“Take a look at the weightlifting records!” Trump added. “You wanna see some real – think of it, two ounces in unacceptable, they beat ’em by many, many, many, many, many, many pounds.”
USA Swimming official of three decades, Cynthia Millen, stepped down in December in protest of Thomas being allowed to compete against biological women.
Millen believes that biological males competing against biological women are going to destroy the sport.
“The fact is that swimming is a sport in which bodies compete against bodies. Identities do not compete against identities,” Millen said during an appearance on Fox News. “Men are different from women, men swimmers are different from women, and they will always be faster than women.”
“It’s horrible,” Millen said during the interview. “The statement for women then is you do not matter, what you do is not important, and little girls are going to be thrown under the bus by all of this.”
“He’s going to be destroying women’s swimming,” Millen continued
“Men have larger lung capacity, skeleton, circulatory system, heart”
“It’s placing women who can never compete against a man at a gross disadvantage”
Praise to #cynthiaMillen for resigning in disgust.
— End the Mandates (@weRessential) December 28, 2021
Currently, biological men are allowed to compete on women’s teams after one year of “testosterone suppression treatment.”
Millen does not believe that those rules are enough, telling Fox News, “while Lia Thomas is a child of God, he is a biological male who is competing against women. No matter how much testosterone suppression drugs he takes, he will always be a biological male and have this advantage.”
Trump is widely expected to run for president in 2024, though he still has not officially announced a campaign.