Former President Donald Trump wronged transgender athlete Leah Thomas by saying he would ban transgender women from participating in women’s sports.
The former president held a rally in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Friday, where he beat his preferred Republican candidates in this month’s primaries and November’s midterms.
“We will also keep men out of women’s sports,” he said. Mr. Trump then cited the example of Ms. Thomas, the University of Pennsylvania swimmer who transferred and later won first place in the National Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I swimming championships.
Many conservatives have since used her as an example to say she had an unfair advantage. Trump said a swimmer was denied a record because of Ms. Thomas.
“And he just got the Female Athlete of the Year, by the way, you knew that,” Mr. Trump told the crowd in Waukesha to boos and boos. “Is our country going to hell or what? “
Trump continued to badmouth him, saying “she had such a wingspan,” pointing out how tall she was.
Mr. Trump also cited another transgender athlete, this time a weightlifter, who he said had an unfair advantage and abused again.
The former president’s words come as several Republican governors have signed legislation barring transgender women from participating in women’s sports. He also criticized teachers for talking to students about gender and sexuality.
“No teacher should ever be allowed to teach trans to our children without parental consent,” he added. “What they’re doing to your kids basically behind your back is crazy.”
Trump added that when Republicans won the majority, they had to crack down on drug companies that provided puberty blockers “to mutilate our youth.”
“We are going to save our children and every federal bureaucrat who is complicit in this travesty must be fired immediately,” he said.
Trump also campaigned with his preferred gubernatorial candidate Tom Michell and spoke of his support for the candidate to challenge Wisconsin House Speaker Robin Voss, whom Trump reportedly tried to pressure to ratify the results of the 2020 elections.
The rally comes the same day the Republican National Committee announced it will host its 2024 convention in Milwaukee.