University of Kentucky champion swimmer Riley Gaines was chased, harassed, and ultimately physically attacked by a group of transgender activists in San Francisco, where she was speaking at San Francisco State University on behalf of Turning Point USA.
“The prisoners are running the asylum at SFSU,” Gaines wrote on social media. She was barricaded in a room for nearly three hours after violent protesters poured into the venue at the end of her presentation and began shrieking, chanting, menacing, and closing in on her.
At one point, Gaines, who lost a NCAA swimming championship trophy to transgender Lia Thomas of University of Pennsylvania, was punched twice. Several police and campus security officers surrounded her and escorted her to a safe room.
“As the deranged mob filled the classroom, officers and event volunteers rushed Gaines out through a separate back room exit. Gaines was chased down the hallway by protesters where she was “hit twice by a man” wearing a dress. The trans-activists verbally attacked her with intense hatred and vitriol while uncontrollably and incoherently screaming, displaying an utter lack of sanity,” Turning Point USA wrote on its website.
“I was ambushed and physically hit twice by a man. This is proof that women need sex-protected spaces.” Gaines wrote, following the event. “Still only further assures me that I’m doing something right. When they want you silent, speak louder.”
Gaines later wrote, “I feel so supported by the influx of support and encouraging messages today. Thank you to @TPUSA for the event! If nothing else, I hope people have been eye opened to the threat women face when they dare speak out. I’ll be on @TuckerCarlson tonight to discuss the event further.”
Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA, later pointed out that this is the third time in a week that TPUSA speakers on campuses have been attacked.
“In just one week, violent radicals on THREE of America’s university campuses have attacked TPUSA events and speakers from coast to coast. Last night at SFSU, TPUSA hosted a Saving Women’s Sports event with star swimmer @Riley_Gaines_ when radical Trans activists physically assaulted her and then barricaded her in a safe room for hours,” Kirk wrote on Twitter.
“On Tuesday night, another TPUSA event at the University of Albany featuring pro-life speaker @ighaworth was interrupted by Anti-Christian, far-left students who proceeded to destroy a Bible. And last Thursday, far-left students hijacking a pro-life event at Virginia Commonwealth University featuring TPUSA speaker @theisabelb and Students for Life’s @KristanHawkins, as protesters threw punches and injured a chapter president. All of this comes just weeks after a violent Antifa mob assaulted cops and shattered glass attempting to break into my event at UC Davis. When every campus conservative speaker is labeled a Nazi, a fascist, a racist, or as somehow wanting a “trans genocide” by radical student groups and their allies in the mainstream media and administrations, these domestic extremists feel free to assault and terrorize. Enough is enough. There must be real legal, educational, and career consequences for these criminals, and conservative states must lead the way. I will personally make myself available to any lawmakers who want advice on how best to proceed,” Kirk wrote.
Top photo: Riley Gaines, Instagram