Piers Morgan blasts trans swimmer Lia Thomas after she smashes several women's records
Piers Morgan criticized transgender college swimmer Lia Thomas after she dominated in the collegiate meets earlier this week and smashed records previously held by biological women.
Thomas, 22, who attends the University of Pennsylvania, previously competed for three years in men's swimming under her original name, Will Thomas. After her decision to transition, she was required to undergo one year of testosterone suppression treatment if she wanted to qualify for the women's events. British journalist Morgan, 56, wrote a scorching essay in his Daily Mail column, insisting that if Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps ever decided to compete as a trans woman, "all hell would break loose."
"If Michael Phelps began competing as a transgender woman, all hell would break loose," Morgan began, "so why is nothing being done to stop trans athletes like Lia Thomas from destroying women's sport?" He noted that Phelps — who won a staggering 28 Olympic medals with 23 golds — "achieved this staggering statistical dominance through a combination of physical prowess, dazzling skill, and a uniquely steely work ethic and determination to be the very best."
Phelps gave his blood, sweat, and tears, training seven days a week and competing against fellow male swimmers who were simply not in his league. "Now imagine what would have happened if Phelps had transitioned into a female when at the peak of his powers?" Morgan continued. "He, now she, wouldn't have just dominated women's swimming – he, now she, would have smashed all the women's records by such vast margins that no woman born with a female biological body would have ever come close to beating any of them ever again."
*NEW COLUMN*— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 7, 2021
If Michael Phelps began competing as a transgender woman, all hell would break loose – so why is nothing being done to stop trans athletes like Lia Thomas from destroying women's sport?https://t.co/bWMB8PG4Rs pic.twitter.com/HH56nZHdBk
Morgan said that something similar was happening on a much smaller stage. He cited Thomas's Sunday victory at an event in Akron, Ohio when she left fellow female swimmers behind in the 1,650-yard freestyle event. According to The Blaze, Thomas enjoyed a 38-second lead by her nearest rival, collegiate swimmer, Anna Sofia Kalandaze, thereby setting a pool, meet, and program record, all in one go. The previous day, Thomas won the 200-yard freestyle at 1:41:93 — seven seconds ahead of her closest rival — recording the fastest finish in the United States. And on Friday, the trans swimmer set a new Ivy League record by winning the 500-yard freestyle event by 14 seconds.
Transgender University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas is now smashing US swimming records swimming on the UPenn women’s team. She had previously competed for the school’s men’s team. pic.twitter.com/dte2P1i4r0— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) December 7, 2021
According to Morgan, Thomas has an obvious advantage over her biological female rivals who are not capable of swimming at the same level in their sport. He said trans women had "hugely superior physical advantage[s]" and would vaporize the viability of natural women's records. "It's happening in myriad sports now including sprinting, cycling, and weight-lifting — and I don't care how loudly the woke brigade squeals, it's just plain unfair and is crushing the hopes, dreams, and hard work of so many female athletes," Morgan added.
Morgan said Thomas would continue to destroy women's swimming records simply because she's essentially a man competing against women. "Lia Thomas is on her way to irrevocably disintegrating women's swimming records," he wrote. "Not because she's a natural-born brilliant swimmer, because when she competed as a man, she was mediocre at best. No, she will do it because she's got a hugely advantageous physique over her female rivals."
This is a 200 yard freestyle analysis of Lia Thomas, a transgender woman and US college swimmer. Lia began transition last (Covid-cancelled) season, having competed in male competition for the three previous years. pic.twitter.com/4jzpRs573V— Emma Hilton (@FondOfBeetles) December 1, 2021
"What will it take to stop this transgender sporting madness?" Morgan added. "Does Floyd Mayweather have to identify as a woman and get into the ring as a female boxer? Or Usain Bolt come out of retirement to compete on the women's springing circuit? Or perhaps Michael Phelps really should transition and jump in the pool against women half his size and with a fraction of his speed?" He concluded, "Stop this insanity now, before it's too late."