February 12, 2021

Rand Paul Corners Biden Nominee About Males in Women's Sports

  • The Hill

By: Amy Jo Underwood

In Brief:

Senator Rand Paul questioned President Biden’s nominee for Secretary of the Department of Education on the topic of biological male athletes in Women’s Sports. Despite direct questions, the nominee failed to give clear answers.

The Background:

On day one of his Administration, President Biden issued an executive order demanding that transgender atheletes be allowed to participate in sports corresponding with their gender identity rather than biological sex.  On Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) questioned President Biden’s nominee for education secretary, Miguel Cardona, on the topic of transgender athletes. Sen. Paul pointed out that the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights told the state of Connecticut in 2020 that they could not allow biological males to participate in girls’ sports, due to a Title IX violation. 

Sen. Paul asked Cardona if he planned to enforce the Office of Civil Rights’ position if chosen for secretary. Cardona did not directly answer, instead replying, “I understand that this is a challenge. I look forward to working with you and others.” Paul retorted that Cardona seemed “afraid to answer the question.”  Paul asked if it concerned Cardona that “it would completely destroy girls’ athletics, girls are being pushed out, they don’t make the finals in the state meet, they don’t get college scholarships, [and] it’s really detrimental to girls’ sports.” He added that feminists should be concerned about what transgender rights, specifically in atheletics, will do to the rights of women in America.

Notable Quotes:

“Some boy that’s 6’2 competing against my 5’4 niece doesn’t sound very fair. I think most people in the country think it’s bizarre… and you’re going to run the department of education and you’ve got no problem with it, that concerns me. ...I wonder where our feminists are on this?... it just makes no sense whatsoever. … I think the fact that you seem to be afraid to answer the question, or you basically do answer the question by saying it’s okay without saying it’s okay, really is a statement to a real problem we have and a disconnect between middle America and what most Americans actually believe.”  - Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)

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