Swimmer Riley Gaines Trades Trump for DeSantis in 2024 Presidential Endorsement

Former University of Kentucky Swimmer Riley Gaines has officially endorsed Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for President, favoring him over ex-President Donald Trump.

Although Gaines introduced Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas, in August 2022, she’s Team DeSantis now and has decided not to endorse the former president. Instead, she endorsed Florida Governor Ron DeSantis crediting DeSantis’ success in Florida as the reason for her endorsement.

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She also announced she would be joining Governor DeSantis at a campaign event in Greenville, South Carolina.

During a recent interview on Eric Bolling’s Balance on Newsmax, Gaines recalled the moment when the Biden administration pushed the transgender ideology after her loss to male swimmer Lia Thomas during the NCAA Swimming Championship.

Riley Gaines

“First of all, as a young woman, I just want to share just how I’ve been affected by this gender ideology propaganda that’s being pushed across this country,” she began. “I really understand the threat that we as Americans are under just based on my own experience and being forced to compete and change in a locker room with a male.”

She also recalled how a mob of woke transgender activists assaulted her after she delivered a speech at San Francisco State University this year.

DeSantis blasted attacks on Gaines at San Francisco State and called for the students who chased her down to be expelled.

Gaines began her endorsement of Ron DeSantis, hailing him for leading the fight against this type of extremism.

“His leadership has been crucial in rooting out the radical ideology that’s really driving this insanity and really bringing visibility to these cultural issues that affect the breakdown of families, the breakdown of faith, and the breakdown of freedom. He has really taken on this political establishment, the woke corporations, the media, and he’s won, and we know this based on his success in Florida,”

“That’s why this next election is so important for the sake of restoring and ultimately saving America and the people who live here,” she said. “So that being said, I am so excited to announce that I am officially endorsing Governor DeSantis as president.”

Governor DeSantis also signed the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act in 2021, which outlawed biological men from competing in women’s sports in schools.


In addition, Governor DeSantis signed legislation that officially banned the mutilation of minors in the name of ‘gender affirmation with the signing of S.B. 254, which will permanently ‘outlaw the mutilation of minors,’ as well as ban “surgical procedures and experimental puberty blockers for minors.

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When asked how she will respond to criticisms on social media from supporters of Trump, she said she has not “been ready for anything I’ve done this past year” but that she believes she is doing the right thing.

“So, while I might not be entirely ready, I am ready. I have the understanding. I have the unwavering morals to know that what I’m doing by endorsing Gov. DeSantis is the right thing. It’s the right thing for me, it’s the right thing for women, and it’s the right thing for Americans,” Gaines said.

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