VIDEO: Riley Gaines chooses between DeSantis and Trump for 2024: It’s ‘the right thing’

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Former All-American swimmer Riley Gaines has endorsed Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in the 2024 GOP presidential primary and said she plans to hit the campaign trail with the Sunshine State’s governor.

Gaines, who competed against transgender swimmer Lia Thomas and has since become an outspoken proponent of reserving women’s sports for biological females, announced her endorsement in a Thursday interview on Newsmax, arguing that backing DeSantis is “the right thing for women.”

The swimmer-turned-activist indicated that she is prepared for any backlash from supporters of former President Donald Trump who may feel slighted that she spurned the former commander in chief.

“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, the breakdown of freedoms,” Gaines said of DeSantis.

“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,” she added.

“I see the threat again that this country is under, and I see it with the importance of taking a stance in this,” Gaines explained. “I know how this will affect the next generation if someone doesn’t, especially to be someone who’s as young as myself.”

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