Conservative college sports star Riley Gaines accuses Megan Rapinoe of ‘virtue signaling’

Riley Gaines, a former NCAA star swimmer and conservative personality, took to Twitter in recent weeks to accuse US women’s soccer star and staunch LGBTQ+ activist Megan Rapinoe of “virtue signaling” after Rapinoe publicly opposed Congress’ Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act.

The act, which seeks to ban any athletic organization receiving federal funding from allowing trans athletes to participate in women’s sports, has been a point of controversy since its introduction in 2021.Rapinoe has been outspoken against the bill on social media and at in-person advocacy events, and this week Riley Gaines took aim at her in a March 8 Tweet, downplaying Rapinoe’s personal stakes in the bill’s passing. 

“It’s worth noting that 1) you are done playing sports competitively,” Gaines wrote, “and 2) because you aren’t sexually attracted to men, you will never have a daughter to defend. To me, this simply looks like virtue signaling because you have nothing to personally lose.” Gaines appears to ignore the idea that same sex couples can indeed be parents.

Gaines went on to write, “I can respect opinions that differ from my own and everyone is entitled to think/speak independently, but I can’t help but think Megan Rapinoe would genuinely shiv any male who tried to take her spot on the US Women’s National Team.”

Rapinoe has not publicly responded to the now-deleted Tweets from Gaines.




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