Florida Governor Ron DeSantis just made a move that will make a lot of people very happy — while also making others exceptionally angry. After transgender swimmer Lia Thomas of Pennsylvania won the 500 meter freestyle last Thursday in dominant fashion, people on both sides of the political aisle expressed their distaste for the outcome.
Lia Thomas is biologically male, they maintained, and even with hormone replacement procedures, Thomas had a competitive advantage over the other swimmers in the race. Many of these critics are proponents of Transgenderism as a movement. But advocacy for a movement does not imply acceptance of everything a member of that movement does. They maintain, regardless of Lia Thomas’s gender identity, it is just not fair to the sport or the other competitors for the Pennsylvania swimmer to compete.
This is where Florida Governor Ron DeSantis comes in. Ron DeSantis has made noise recently with his advocacy of a widely praised anti-grooming bill. Of course, the Leftist media continues to libel this brilliant piece of legislation, calling it a “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Of course, the bill never says anything of the sort. But the media never ceases to impress in their ability to distort the truth. No doubt, many will connect the bill to the action DeSantis just took — recognizing the second-place finisher, Florida native Emma Weyant, as the race’s real winner.
DeSantis’s Press Secretary said the following to the Daily Caller:
“We’re doing a proclamation, saying that Emma is the best female swimmer in the 500 freestyle because she earned that and we need to stop allowing our organizations like the NCAA to perpetrate frauds on the public, and that’s exactly what they’re doing. They are putting ideology ahead of opportunity for women athletes.
Not only is it unfair for males to compete in women’s sports, but it is ridiculous for the NCAA to deny material reality — and demand that all Americans play along with their charade”
Then DeSantis took to Twitter. He made the action official in the ultimate show of praise. He maintains that Emma Weyant deserved the win and is a champion at heart.