Thomas, who competed on the UPenn men’s team for three years prior to transitioning, crushed Olympian Emma Weyant, who took silver in the 2020 Summer Games, by more than a second and a half in the 500-yard freestyle event.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared Weyant the winner of the race in a proclamation on Tuesday. “By allowing men to compete in women’s sports, the NCAA is destroying opportunities for women, making a mockery of its championships, and perpetuating a fraud,” he tweeted.
Jenner agreed that Weyant was the “rightful winner,” and tweeted that DeSantis’ assessment was “not transphobic or anti-trans, it’s COMMON SENSE!”
The former gold medal-winning Olympian has previously spoken out against Thomas’ decision to compete in the NCAA women’s swimming category.
“First of all, number one, biological boys, I’ve said from the beginning, should not be playing in women’s sports,” Jenner told Fox News in January. “We need to protect women’s sports.”
Jenner said that Thomas’ “decision to live her life authentically,” comes with “responsibility and some integrity” in the sport.
“She knows when she’s swimming she’s beating the competition by two laps. She was born a biological boy,” Jenner concluded. “She was raised as a biological boy. Her cardiovascular system is bigger, her respiratory system is bigger, her hands are bigger, she can swim faster. That’s a known.”
Disney actress and former athlete, Natasha Ward, shared a similar sentiment on Instagram this week.
“Supporting #transfreedom does not mean it’s ok to violate the rights of biological #women,” the “Station 19” wrote. “Pretending that trans women are not men who have a biological advantage and therefore place an undue burden on biological women is make believe and it is not science nor fact.”