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Riley Gaines said a gang of leftist militants were spitting on women's rights advocates, throwing glass bottles at them, and even cursing at young girls amid a women's sports bill signing in Texas earlier this week.
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Gaines and Paula Scanlan — both former NCAA Division 1 athletes who are fighting against biological males who identify as females invading women's sports — gathered Monday with Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott at the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame at Texas Woman’s University in Denton for a ceremonial signing of the "Save Women’s Sports Act," which was signed into law in June, Fox News reported.
But there was trouble outside the venue.
Gaines told the cable network that "bottles are being thrown, protestors are spitting in people's faces, profanity is being yelled at children."
Gaines added in a separate Fox News interview Wednesday that the protesters "are the most hateful, vengeful, violent – really soulless people, and they do it in the name of love. They do it in the name of inclusion and tolerance and acceptance and all of those things, but that is not what we experienced. We experienced vitriol."
Scanlan — a former member of the University of Pennsylvania women’s swim team alongside transgender swimmer Lia Thomas — added to the cable network that "to curse at children in front of their families is just really not OK."
In addition, Scanlan noted to Fox News that some of the signs the protesters were holding "had nothing to do with sports at all. It was almost like they didn’t even know why they were there."
'Somebody told me they know where I f***ing live'
Independent Women's Network's Austin chapter leader Michelle Evans added to Fox News Digital that she was assaulted after leaving the building where the signing took place in order to observe the protest; Evans estimated there were around 250 "rabid" protesters on hand.
"When I turned around to go back inside of the building, that's when somebody threw water on me," Evans added to the cable network. "Somebody told me they know where I f***ing live. There was somebody that got in front of me to try to physically block me from going back inside and pushed her body up against mine. Somebody hit my arm, and then someone — a woman in a pink ski mask and sunglasses — spit into my open eye."
Evans told Fox News that a suspect was apprehended and that she told law enforcement she wanted to press charges and that police told her the suspect would be issued a ticket for a misdemeanor assault.
Evans also was disturbed by how protesters treated the young girls who attended the signing: "As they were being walked out by their mothers, and there was a police officer in front and in back of them, the protesters were getting in the kids' faces and screaming and harassing them, frightening them. It was out of control."
Lee University volleyball player Macy Petty also attended the signing and said on social media that the protesters were "extremely hostile":
Fox News said the bill that Abbott signed into law in June follows similar legislation he signed in 2021 that requires public school teams through high school "to be designated by students’ sex assigned at birth."
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Dave Urbanski is a senior editor for Blaze News.