Activist and former University of Kentucky NCAA swimming athlete Riley Gaines spoke at the University of New Mexico on Wednesday at a talk put on by Turning Point USA. Gaines garnered notoriety for having to share a title with Lia Thomas, a biological man claiming to be transgender woman.
At the UNM event, Gaines claims she was billed $10,000 for police presence she did not request at the event.
She wrote that “they stationed 45 police officers with me & hit me with a 10k security charge.”
She added, “All for saying men are men and women are women… such a radical position to take. Onward!”
State Sen. Gregg Schmedes (R-Tijeras) wrote in response, “Ridiculous. Thank you for coming to speak and standing for truth.”
“I’m so embarrassed as a New Mexican right now. I’m sorry Riley. I hope someone makes this right,” one commenter wrote, tagging Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, a Democrat.
Others noted how the crowd protesting Gaines’ speech was “embarrassing.”
At a 2022 event with conservative speaker Tomi Lahren at UNM, a violent Antifa mob interrupted the event and shut down the scheduled speech.