During Tuesday’s press conference at the White House, a brave reporter went right at one of the Biden Administration’s most controversial orders, one that would allow transgender athletes to compete in women’s sports, forcing White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki onto her heels. Like with most difficult questions, Psaki had no response.
“What message would the White House have to trans girls and cis girls who may end up competing against each other?” Fox News Radio White House correspondent Rachel Sutherland asked. “It’s sparking some lawsuits and concern among parents, so does this administration have guidance for schools in dealing with the issue arising over trans girls competing against and with cis girls?”
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“I’m not sure what your question is,” Psaki replied.
Sutherland tried again, “The president’s executive order has –” before being cut short by Psaki.
“I’m familiar with the order, but what was your question about it?” the press secretary snapped.
“The question is, does the president have a message for local school officials in dealing with these kinds of disputes that are already starting to arise between trans girls who are competing against cis girls, and a level playing field, particularly in high school sports when it leads to college scholarships,” Sutherland said.
“Is there any kind of messaging or clarification that the White House wants to give on the executive order?” she added.
“I would just say that the president’s belief is that trans rights are human rights, and that’s why he signed that executive order,” Psaki said. “In terms of the determinations by universities and colleges, I would certainly defer to them.”
The order would enforce a 2020 Supreme Court ruling that prohibits discrimination on the basis of someone’s gender identity and sexual orientation, however, would also spell the end of women’s sports, as the order opens the door for biological men who identify as women to participate in women’s sports.
In his executive order, Biden said, “Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports.”
But for female high school athletes vying for elusive scholarships or hard-earned state championships, the order puts them at a significant disadvantage, forcing them to compete with men, who simply are biologically superior athletes. From bone density to VO2maxes, men hold a biological step up on women in the field of athletics, and letting men and women compete against each other in athletics ruins decades’ worth of progress by women to enjoy equal athletic opportunities, as former UN ambassador Nikki Haley pointed out.
“Generations of women fought hard to ensure that their daughters and granddaughters had a level playing field, because girls deserve the same chance as boys to play sports,” she said.
If the Biden administration willingly allows men to compete in women’s sports, they must provide clarification for the tricky questions facing high school athletics administration and female athletes.