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By Suzanne Bowdey
The Washington Stand

It isn’t just women’s sports that needs protecting in this diabolical war for trans extremism. It’s women themselves. Former NCAA swimmer Riley Gaines made that abundantly clear in a visit to the campus of San Francisco State University last Thursday, where she was physically attacked for suggesting girls deserve a safe space to compete. Turns out, there are no safe spaces — not when you spurn the mob.

The ambush started before Gaines was halfway through her story. In the room where Riley talked about her experience competing against male Lia Thomas, students started waving pink and blue flags and holding up signs that read “trans rights are human rights.” Eventually, the quiet demonstration turned into full blown chanting, ultimately escalating to the point where police felt the need to extract Gaines and hurry her down a hallway while students screamed “Go the f— home!” and at least one man in a dress hit her. While protestors threatened from outside, she spent three hours barricaded in a room, waiting for the crowd to disperse.

And what was the university’s response? Not horror, incredibly — but pride. To everyone’s astonishment, SFSU Vice President for Student Affairs Jamillah Moore took to Twitter to applaud students for their hostility, posting, “Thank you to our students who participated peacefully in Thursday evening’s event.” Moore insists “[i]t took tremendous bravery to stand in a challenging space” — speaking, not of Riley, who stood her ground in a ruthless crowd, but of the “courageous” actions of the school’s raging horde.

“… [O]ur students demonstrated the value of free speech and the right to protest peacefully,” Moore said. “These issues do not go away, and these values are very much at our core.”

Like everyone else, Gaines was speechless. “I’m sorry,” she posted, “did this just say ‘PEACEFUL?’” “I was assaulted,” she continued. “I was extorted and held for [ransom]. The protestors demanded I pay them if I wanted to make it home safely. I missed my flight home, because I was barricaded in a classroom,” she wrote. “We must have different definitions of peaceful.”



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