Noted transgender swimmer Lia Thomas has again found himself at the center of controversy, this time due to a photograph circulated on social media showing him wearing a shirt that reads ‘Antifa Super Soldier’. The image was highlighted by conservative journalist Andy Ngo.
According to the tweet, Lia Thomas, formerly William Thomas, has now embraced Antifa branding in new photos posted on social media. Ngo then proceeded to link Thomas’s choice of clothing to what he described as “trans violent militancy.”
‘Antifa Super Soldier’ is a term that has been used to describe the militant aspect of Antifa. Thomas, a competitive swimmer at the University of Pennsylvania, has become a high-profile figure in debates over transgender rights in sports.
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) July 17, 2023
He transitioned in 2019, after competing for two years on the men’s team. His eligibility to compete as a woman has been a subject of contention, with many people arguing that it is unfair for transgender women to compete against cisgender women.
It’s unclear what his intentions were in donning the shirt. For the moment, however, it seems certain that Lia Thomas will continue to remain a center of controversy.
Looking at Thomas’s body, it could never be mistaken for the female form. There is absolutely nothing effeminate about him. This is a result of the farcical notion that sex is a person's “physical characteristics at birth,” and gender is what someone “identifies” as.
— Ian McKelvey (@ian_mckelvey) July 17, 2023
I guess Thomas is upset because people haven't embraced his brave journey. Or perhaps because the Bud Light endorsement that had been in the works suddenly fell through for some reason.
— The Sarcasticat (@TheSarcasticist) July 17, 2023
He’s the poster boy for those who live in the matrix. There’s nothing authentic about the guy. He’s a miserable failure as a man finding success as a fake woman because cowards allow it.
— Alvin Freedom (@Yo_Kuzzoe) July 17, 2023
We won't rest until these pretend women are banned from women's sports AND women's spaces.
— MessianicJewishAmerican (@UltraMagaJew2) July 17, 2023
It’s really a shame so many people and the institution protects a radical like him and put others at risk in the name of ideology. The most extreme political ideology has taken over mainstream institutions. It’s like Democrats adopted Green Party politics and put the most fringe…
— Andy Matteo (@AndyMatteoMusic) July 17, 2023