Florida Gov. DeSantis: Transgender Swimmer's Victory A Fraud

DeSantis signed a proclamation declaring runner-up Emma Weyant as the winner, rather than transgender athlete Lia Thomas.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
Posted at 12:32 PM, Mar 23, 2022

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis jumped into the conversation about a transgender swimmer who won a collegiate title by declaring the runner-up as the real winner.

DeSantis signed a proclamation Tuesday declaring Florida-born Emma Weyant as the winner of the women's 500-yard freestyle at the NCAA women's tournament, rather than transgender athlete Lia Thomas.

"By allowing men to compete in women's sports, the NCAA is destroying opportunities for women, making a mockery of its championships, and perpetuating a fraud," DeSantis said on Twitter.

His proclamation comes nearly a year after he signed a bill that requires anyone participating in girls' athletics to have an original birth certificate stating they are female.

Additional reporting by the Associated Press.