Transgender activist and swimmer Lia Thomas is creating a stir on social media after posting a photo of herself in a sweatshirt that says “Antifa Super Soldier.”
Antifa is a network of anarchists and socialists who violently oppose conservative ideology, equating any right-leaning thought to fascism and/or racism. The group was implicated in a majority of the Black Lives Matter riots that took place in 2020 that left over 25 dead and $2 billion in insured losses.
Polls show that of American progressive organizations, Antifa has the highest net negative favorability at -32%.
Andy Ngo, editor at The Post Millennial, tweeted a screenshot of the photo posted by Thomas on an Instagram account that isn’t available to the public, said Newsweek.
Thomas rocketed to fame last year when she became the first transgender person to win a women’s NCAA Division I championship.
Prior to transitioning, Thomas was ranked 65th in the 500 Freestyle for men, the event she won in the D-1 championship while competing against women.
Former University of Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines, who has criticized the trend of transgender athletes competing against women, said that the photo posted by Thomas opens up the trans athlete to a different type of criticism.
“Doesn’t this make so much sense,” Gaines said of Thomas’ shirt, in a tweet. “I haven’t specifically bashed Lia Thomas on anything (other than calling him an entitled narcissist which I stand by) because ultimately he was following the rules in place. But this is disturbing.”
The photo shared by Ngo shows Thomas in a tank top with the Antifa slogan and leather-type harnesses and belts crossing the midsection.
While Americans are divided on many issues, a large majority of Americans believe trans-identifying male athletes should not be allowed to compete against biological women in sports.
A Gallup survey released in June said that 69% of Americans agree that transgender athletes should only be allowed to compete against athletes that correspond to their sex at birth. That’s up from 62% the year before.
The recent survey also showed that 55% of Americans believe changing gender is “morally wrong” versus 51% in 2021.