By Jon Michael Raasch For Dailymail.Com and Morgan Phillips, Congress Reporter For Dailymail.Com
17:44 07 Feb 2024, updated 19:19 07 Feb 2024
- Top Republican tells DailyMail.com protecting women’s sports is important
- The GOP introduced a bill banning men from competing in women’s sports last week
- Riley Gaines – a former NCAA swimmer forced to compete with men – says the Democrats have abandoned women’s sports
House Republican Whip Tom Emmer has said protecting women in sports is very important and says it is ‘insane’ that biological men are allowed to compete against women.
The Minnesota father of seven – including a daughter who played sports – told DailyMail.com he will never stop fighting for justice on the pitch in an exclusive interview.
A senior lawmaker said that while House Republicans have their hands full on issues such as litigation, foreign aid, border security and more, communities also want to see their daughters given equal opportunities in court, land or railroads.
‘We didn’t have to deal with this. But [it’s] crazy that men should be allowed to compete in women’s sports.’
Emmer, who coached the field hockey team for more than 20 years, said that boys and girls ‘didn’t dress in the same locker room, but they could play together’ until puberty.
‘But they hit a few years and they separate because again, women have to have their chances, and the chances of getting hurt and it just adds up.’
Emmer and a group of other members and activists gathered on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
The event featured women who were forced to compete with their male counterparts in important competitions that often took years of training.
Riley Gaines, a former college swimmer and ambassador for the Independent Women’s Forum, spoke to DailyMail.com about how she feels ‘betrayed’ by the Democrats.
‘I feel betrayed by that party. I feel inferior, I feel inferior. I feel insulted by what the Democrats are doing and how they are treating women.’
‘There is a legitimate fear that the integrity of sport is completely lost, not even just women’s sport, the integrity of sport.’
‘Because the beauty of sport is based on fairness. And it’s just being removed at this point,” Gaines continued.
Gaines famously competed with Lia Thomas, a bisexual man who swept the 2022 NCAA swimming championships.
The Emmer administration and the House GOP have been great allies in protecting women’s sports, Gaines told DailyMail.com.
‘He’s been a real leader in this,’ he said, adding, ‘he was an athlete, his sons and his daughter were athletes, I believe he was a coach at one point, so you know, he has a blind spot in the game. ‘
Last April, the House passed the Women’s and Girls’ Protection in Sports bill on a bipartisan basis.
The bill, according to the release, ‘ensures that natural women compete against other natural women in competitive women’s sports supported by Title IX.’
Gaines celebrated the bill, calling it ‘important to not only protect K through 12 but to protect high-profile events like the Olympics.’
‘Those girls deserve to compete fairly just like any other female athlete.’
At the USA Volleyball junior qualifiers, Macy Petty, an NCAA volleyball player and YWA Ambassador, was forced to compete against a male athlete who identifies as female.
Petty, who joined Emmer at Wednesday’s event, also told DailyMail.com that recent strides made by Republicans to protect female athletes have been difficult.
‘I am honored to join Majority Whip Emmer to recognize female athletes, many of whom feel abandoned by their schools and the NCAA, who are putting the safety and opportunity to compete in a sport at risk to meet the needs of the few,’ he said.
‘We hope to continue to advance women’s sports and women’s rights and counter policies that allow men to destroy our space and our competition.’