Megyn Kelly leveled Penn swimmer, Lia Thomas, a biological male who identifies as a female, after Thomas took first place in the NCAA Women’s Swimming Championship 500 yard freestyle race on Thursday.
“Lia Thomas is not the women’s champion and has some nerve standing there pretending to be,” she added. “There is a way to allow TG [Transgender] rights without decimating women’s sports. This ain’t it.”
This is a farce. Lia Thomas is not the women’s champion and has some nerve standing there pretending to be.
There is a way to allow TG rights without decimating women’s sports. This ain’t it. https://t.co/fFXqSx14kT
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) March 18, 2022
The former Fox News host’s post included a Daily Mail article with a photo taken on the medal podium showing Thomas standing in first place next to second place winner University of Virginia swimmer Emma Weyant followed by University of Texas swimmer Erica Sullivan. In the photo it couldn’t be more clear the difference in size between the biological male vis-a-vis Weyant and Sullivan.
The article included many congratulatory posts to Weyant, including the message that “second is the new first” and that Weyant is the “real winner.”
— Angela Morabito (@AngelaLMorabito) March 18, 2022
Congrats to Virginia freshman Emma Weyant, the woman who would have won tonight’s NCAA title in the 500 meter if women’s sports were still sane. https://t.co/KYYKbIr8nt
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) March 18, 2022
No, Lia Thomas did not set a new record in the NCAA women’s championship 500 freestyle prelim.
Because Lia Thomas is a man. It is literally not possible for him to set a new women’s record in anything. No matter what some scoreboard says.
— Brittany Hughes (@RealBrittHughes) March 17, 2022
As reported by The Daily Wire, Thomas, who previously competed against males before identifying as a woman, was greeted by cheers from onlookers at the competition Thursday.
Onlookers cheered Thursday evening as a biological man who identifies as a transgender woman annihilated female competitors in a collegiate race.
University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas clocked in at 4:33:24, finishing first in the NCAA Women’s Swimming Championship 500 yard freestyle.
The University of Virginia’s Emma Weyant, a freshman, finished second with 4 minutes 34 seconds and 99 milliseconds, dropping 2 seconds and 26 milliseconds from her previous time.
Erica Sullivan, a freshman from the University of Texas, finished third at 4 minutes, 35 seconds, and 92 milliseconds.
After the win, ESPN spoke to Thomas about what the win meant amid the “spotlight” the swimmer’s been under.
“I try to ignore it as much as a I can,” Thomas shared. “I try to focus on my swimming, what I need to do to get ready for my races, and just try to block out everything else.”
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