The outspoken advocate for protecting women’s rights in sports spoke to a DeSantis rally in Greenville, South Carolina, earlier tonight.
Speaking ahead of DeSantis taking the podium at the rally she said: ‘It is imperative for sake of Americans that we get an administration leading this country who knows how to do the right thing.
Gaines, who has become an outspoken advocate for protecting women’s sports, had told Newsmax about her decision to back DeSantis earlier this week.
She said: ‘It’s the right thing for me. It’s the right thing for women. It’s the right thing for Americans.’
Speaking ahead of the Presidential hopeful taking the stage, Gaines said it was ‘imperative’ that America was led by an administration ‘who knows how to do the right thing’
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, pictured here at the Greenville Convention Center in South Carolina
‘His leadership has been crucial in rooting out the radical ideology that is really pushing this insanity and bringing visibility to these cultural issues.
‘He’s really taken on this political establishment, the woke corporations, the media, and he’s won. And we know this based off his success in Florida alone.
‘I have the unwavering morals to know what I’m doing by endorsing Governor DeSantis is the right thing.
Gaines has become a leading voice against the inclusion of transgender athletes in women’s sports after tying for fifth against controversial trans swimmer Lia Thomas at last year’s NCAA championship.
Prior to her stage appearance before DeSantis, Gaines was more closely associated with former President Donald Trump.
She appeared with President Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas, and was asked by the President to discuss his intentions to ban transgender women from women’s sports.
Gaines had competed against transgender swimmer Lia Thomas in the NCAA championships in March 2022,
She said the experience of racing Thomas, who raced in the men’s competition until 2019 ‘felt like I was going into the race with my hands tied behind my back.’
Gaines, pictured here, had competed against transgender swimmer Lia Thomas in the NCAA championships in March 2022
Lia Thomas, pictured here, at the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships last March
Prior to her stage appearance before DeSantis, Gaines was more closely associated with former President Donald Trump, the two are pictured here in Dallas, Texas, in August 2022
Since then she has become an outspoken campaigner against allowing trans women to compete against biological women.
Gaines joked: ‘Did they realize they clearly possess an unfair advantage?’ referencing Athena Ryan, who transitioned from male to female.
Ryan’s performance in Dublin, California, saw her qualify for the state finals at the expense of competitor Adeline Johnson, who came fourth and was later seen giving a thumbs down during the podium presentation.
A second trans athlete, Lorelei Barrett, also qualified for the state finals in the 1,600m.
Both Ryan and Barrett declined to compete on Friday in the preliminary round.
Gaines tweeted: ‘Both boys (Athena Ryan and Lorelei Barrett) who qualified for the girls high school track and field state championship in California didn’t not compete in prelims today.
‘Did they realize they clearly possess an unfair advantage? Or is that too optimistic?’
Gaines also previously slammed her rival Lia Thomas after she called on President Biden to let transgender student athletes compete against their chosen gender unimpeded.
Since graduating, Gaines has become an outspoken advocate for protecting women’s sports against being infiltrated and dominated transgender athletes
She said trans athletes should be allowed to compete in school contests without exception.
Biden’s planned change prohibits schools from imposing blanket banks on trans athletes in kindergarten through eighth grade.
But it does give high schools schools the authority to ban trans athletes from competing if they feel there are clear issues around fairness, which are far more likely to arise with trans girls who have gone through male puberty.
Gaines tweeted: ‘This take is selfish and shows an utter disregard for women. The Biden Administration is actively and aggressively working to pass laws that erase decent and fair treatment for women in sports.