Nikki Haley Among Several Politicians Criticizing Brookline Transgender Athlete For Helping Win State Championship

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A male athlete helped the Brookline High School girls’ track team win a Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 1 state championship last month — and several politicians are not happy about it, including 2024 Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley.

Brookline earned 63 points at the MIAA Division 1 state championship meet for the winter 2022-2023 season on February 17, outperforming teams like Newton North (51 points) and Wachusett (43 points).

In its state-championship-winning effort, the Brookline girls’ team received contributions from a transgender athlete:  Chloe Barnes. The junior is a biological male who identifies as a transgender girl, as TB Daily News reported in January 2023 and Brookline’s student newspaper The Sag reported in June 2022.

Barnes competed in the 55-meter hurdles and came in fourth place (8.72 seconds), earning five points for Brookline in the championship meet. Barnes finished 0.24 seconds behind the winner of the race:  Sarah Dumas, a junior at Franklin High School (8.48 seconds).

Barnes competed only in this one event at the championship meet. The five points Barnes earned the team were not the difference-maker for Brookline; the team won the championship meet by 12 points.

After NewBostonPost reported on the Brookline state championship, following up on the story TB Daily News broke in January, many news outlets reported on Barnes’s state championship meet performance.

The news garnered many reactions on the right, including anger from right-of-center politicians. Here is a look at how they reacted to the report:

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and 2024 Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley — Haley, who served as governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017 and the U.N. Ambassador from January 2017 to December 2018 under then-President Donald Trump, responded to the news with three words. She tweeted:  “Save women’s sports.”


Former Margaret Thatcher aide Nile Gardiner — Gardiner served as an aide to Margaret Thatcher, a Conservative Party politician who served as prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990. 

Gardiner agreed with Haley from across the pond.

“Well said @NikkiHaley,” Gardiner tweeted. “This nefarious woke agenda must be defeated.”


Former United States Ambassador to Denmark Carla Sands — Sands, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Denmark under President Donald Trump, also said that she does not want males competing against girls in sports.

“The new ‘Patriarchy’?” Sands tweeted. “When I was the same age as these girls, brave women fought for ‘girls sports’ so we could compete against each other, much like boys did. What the heck is a boy doing competing against girls?! Shame on you.”


U.S. Representative Mary Miller (R-Illinois) — Miller called the biological male’s participation on a girls team “unfair.” The Freedom Caucus member tweeted, “This is unfair to our daughters, and parents must start speaking up!”



Former California gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner – Jenner won the gold medal for Team USA in men’s decathlon at the 1976 summer Olympics in Montreal.  Additionally, Jenner unsuccessfully ran in the 2021 California gubernatorial jungle primary as right-of-center voters attempted to recall Governor Gavin Newsom.

Jenner, 73, is among the most well-known males who identify as transgender women in the world. 

Yet, Jenner said it is unfair to allow Barnes to compete against girls. 

“Protect womens sports!” Jenner tweeted. “This person should not be competing with young women / girls. This is beyond unfair!”


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