Piers Morgan shut down Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) on Friday for accusing female athlete Riley Gaines of using her platform to seek attention.
Gaines made national headlines last week after she was accosted by a mob of transgender activists after she delivered a speech at San Francisco State University. The school later praised the transgender activists.
What happened with Morgan and Porter?
During an appearance on HBO's "Real Time," Porter said she "strongly" disagrees with Gaines for advocating against transgender athletes competing in women's sports. Morgan immediately challenged Porter.
"What has she actually said that is wrong?" he asked.
"I think that what she has done is try to turn this — we talked about people becoming — using things to kind of get likes and get clicks," Porter responded.
"That's not what she's doing," Morgan shot back. "All I've seen her do is stand up for women’s rights to fairness and equality. She actually competed against Lia Thomas, and it was obviously unfair. Lia Thomas won one of the races in the NCAA Championships by 50 seconds against a bunch of biological females who simply couldn't keep up. That cannot be right. It cannot be fair."
Instead, Porter said that sporting bodies should decide who gets to compete and said that Gaines is speaking only for herself.
"I think she’s speaking for pretty much every female athlete in the world," Morgan fired back.
How did Gaines respond?
The former All-SEC swimmer made it clear on Saturday that she is not simply speaking for herself and she is definitely not speaking out to gain attention.
"Hey @RepKatiePorter I'm not speaking up for myself," Gaines responded on Saturday.
"I'm done playing sports. I'm not fighting for me. I'm actually supposed to be in dental school this year," she explained. "But I've changed my life plans because I see what's at stake if someone doesn't fight for the present and next generation."
Gaines added that she is confused as to why women fight against "sex-based protections."
"Why is it always women fighting against sex-based protections? That will forever be beyond me," she said.
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