U.S. Senator Rand Paul’s latest re-election ad playing across the state of Kentucky, is just the latest example of the Republicans’, focus on rhetoric against transgender people using fear and hatemongering.
University of Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines joins Paul in his fight against transgender women participating in women’s and girls sports. Gaines tied with transgender woman swimmer Lia Thomas, of the University of Pennsylvania, at an NCAA event. Since then, she’s shown up on Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s show and alongside GOP candidates like Herschel Walker at campaign events.
Gaines recounts her experience as a student-athlete in Paul’s ad.
“I trained from an early age, giving it my all to achieve my dream. And I accomplished it, becoming a 12-time All-American swimmer at the University of Kentucky. But for girls across America, that dream is being taken away by men competing in women’s sports.”
Gaines said in the ad that Paul would “fight for fairness for women and girls,” which is why she’s supporting him.
Paul’s wife, Kelley, made transgender and gender identity one of the main themes of her stump speech at Fancy Farm, a prominent political speaking event in West Kentucky. She and several other Kentucky GOP figures purposely misgendered transgender women at that event.