Riley Gaines claps back at accusations she spread violence at SFSU event
Riley Gaines, a former NCAA champion swimmer who was “barricaded” into a San Francisco State University classroom amid a violent scene involving pro-transgender protesters, Associated Students Chapter President Karina Zamora addressed the incident. responded to a memo from
Zamora said in the memo that Gaines’ event, sponsored by Turning Point USA, “promoted biased rhetoric toward trans female athletes.” Zamora apologized to the students who were met with police presence despite the chaos at the event.
The memo reads, “I, as president of the Associated Students, condemn and stand against the hateful rhetoric and incitement to violence spread by TPUSA and Riley Gaines, as well as the confrontational behavior of the campus administration.” Yes.”
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“As president of Associated Students and on behalf of the organization, I call on President Lynn Mahoney and her administration to hold themselves accountable and host a community forum to hear how much these tactics hurt our student body. I invite campus administrators to work with our students and community, including with the AS Board of Directors, to review and revise current policies and practices to enhance student voice and protect our student body. Sharing includes transparency on how the university plans to move forward with a viable action plan.”
The memo made no mention of an apology to Gaines. But the former NCAA swimming star responded to the memo on his Twitter account.
“‘Police presence was excessive and therefore unnecessary.'” … “‘Violence unleashed by Riley Gaines.’
“To share my lived experience of competing with a man and why not having sex-safe sports is harmful… At least we can agree that SFSU needs to hold itself accountable.”
Associated Students serve as the student government at SFSU.
Gaines was barricaded in a room at the university Thursday night after she said she was physically assaulted after speaking to students about saving women’s sports at the Turning Point USA and Leadership Institute program on campus. .
Riley’s husband, Louis Barker, said he spoke to her briefly while she was locked in the room for about three hours.
Riley blasted the SF State faculty member who called the incident ‘peaceful’
“She told me she had been hit multiple times by a boy in a dress. I was shaking. It’s driving me crazy. It makes me sick to feel so helpless about it,” Barker said. “He was under police protection and was killed by a man still wearing a costume.”
Gaines shared footage of him being escorted from the scene by police officers amid verbal attacks from protesters who surrounded him.
“Inmates running the asylum at SFSU … I was attacked twice and physically assaulted by a man,” Gaines wrote in the tweet. “It’s proof that women need sex-safe spaces. Yet also reassures me that I’m doing something right. When they want to shut you up, speak up.”
Footage shared on social media by the school’s student-run newspaper, the Golden Gate Express, shows a small protest before Gaines arrived at the school on Thursday evening.
Other pieces of footage from the outlet showed the protest growing in size — eventually becoming so chaotic that Gaines was escorted out of the room and down a hallway by police and barricaded in a separate room.
As she was being taken to safety, the protesters were seen hanging transgender flags on the walls of the school chanting various phrases along the lines of “Go the f— home” and “Trans women are women”. was captured on
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The outlet also shared pictures showing some TPUSA staff members being escorted out of the venue during the demonstrations. Assistant Dean of Students Chris Trudell was reportedly seen trying to defuse the situation.
Fox News’ Kyle Morris contributed to this report.