Riley Gaines, a former NCAA swimmer from the University of Kentucky, was forced to hide and protect herself in a room for over three hours this past Thursday when trans-rights protestors became violent during a college campus speech about protecting women’s sports.
Gaines posted this footage to social media showing security attempting to block the violent mob of protestors at San Francisco State University from following her as she was being transported to a safe room at 8:30 p.m. local time.
Gaines’s husband, Louis Barker, told Fox “She told me she was hit multiple times by a guy in a dress. I was shaking. It made me that mad. It made me sick to feel so helpless about it."
Riley Gaines received tons of backlash over her statements in 2022 about the moment she watched Lia Thomas, a biological male, race in the women’s NCAA competition.
Gaines raced Thomas in the 2022 NCAA championship 200-yard freestyle event and ended up tying for first place. Ever since then, Gaines has described that day as heartbreaking and somber.
“We know testosterone has an effect on performance, outcome and strength. Men, on average and this is not opinionated, it’s a fact, men on average are taller, they’re stronger, more powerful, faster than women. Again, to deny that is denying science. We have so much data and scientific evidence that prove this,” Gaines said in an interview on Fox News.
However, Gaines was not intimidated out of continuing her campus tour to speak out against biological men competing in women's sports.
The champion swimmer visited Buffalo, New York on Thursday to speak at a Turning Point USA event about protecting women's rights.
Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., tweeted, "I met @Riley_Gaines_ on Nat'l Girls & Women in Sports Day as we walked up the steps of the U.S. Capitol to introduce the 'Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act."
"Tonight I joined Riley in Buffalo, NY to support her courageous quest to protect women's sports!" the congresswoman added.