Riley Gaines rips ‘cheap shots’ against Ron DeSantis
Riley Gaines. Image via AP.

Riley Gaines
'When they have nothing else against you, they will throw labels your way.'

Now identified as a “campaign surrogate” for Ron DeSantisRiley Gaines is taking issue with “cheap shots” and “personal attacks” against the 2024 presidential candidate, saying they are impacting his campaign.

Gaines, a former collegiate swimmer who has been a prominent voice of opposition against transgender athletes in women’s sports, was asked Saturday on “Fox and Friends Weekend” about the Governor’s “tough time connecting with voters.”

“So the cheap shots, notice how they’re two shots to him as a person. It’s not cheap shots to his policies. It’s not cheap shots to what he plans to do when he’s in office. It’s cheap shots to him as a person. It’s personal attacks,” Gaines argued.

Some outside observers may diverge from this analysis. In Iowa Friday, former President Donald Trump argued that the Governor’s position on ethanol subsidies made him a bad bet for corn farmers, which is a policy critique. Meanwhile, others have suggested that the Governor’s hard-right positioning on social issues, including signing off on permitless carry and a six-week abortion ban, have alienated moderates and women voters.

That’s not Gaines’ take, however.

“When they have nothing else against you, they will throw labels your way,” Gaines said.

Gaines joined DeSantis at a South Carolina campaign appearance last month in which the Governor highlighted his efforts to ban trans athletes from women’s sports.

Endorsing him ahead of that event, she lauded him as “crucial in rooting out the radical ideology that’s really driving this insanity, and really bringing visibility to these cultural issues that affect the breakdown of families, the breakdown of faith, the breakdown of freedoms.”

“He’s really taken on this political establishment, the woke corporations, the media — and he’s won,” Gaines added.

A.G. Gancarski

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  • tom palmer

    July 8, 2023 at 8:06 am

    Gaines sounds like a one trick pony. Had to look at the story to find out who she was.

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      July 8, 2023 at 1:59 pm

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  • Sow and so

    July 8, 2023 at 8:12 am

    What a laugh! After the better part of a decade enthralled with trashing Donald Trump, the MSM suddenly turns its guns on Desantis. It is hard to know what sort of fuddlement is infecting the backrooms of Times Square and McLean,Va and in the land that Turner built, but all they are doing is boosting Trump. Well, as ye sow. . .

    • Ocean Joe

      July 8, 2023 at 9:26 am

      When did main stream become bad? Was it when you didn’t get your way? When they didn’t say what you wanted to hear?

      • Sow and so

        July 8, 2023 at 11:13 am

        When they abandoned inquiry and skepticism in favor of allegiance to a leftist philosophy of victimhood, apology and appeasement. It isn’t new. Americans don’t know history–or aren’t allowed to. If they really knew, all they would have to do is read the British press in the 1930s when the Liberals and pacifists were sure that Hitler–a Socialist madman–was the best thing for the future of Europe–just like they think today that Biden is the best thing for the future of America.

    • Nunya

      July 8, 2023 at 6:15 pm

      Nothing more mainstream than Fox news and “fuddlement” isn’t a word.

  • Earl Pitts American

    July 8, 2023 at 8:53 am

    Good mornting America,
    Ms. Gaines is just another reason the left is falling out of favor in America. Y’all Dook 4 Brains Lefty’s had your fun for many years insulting the vast majority of citizens/voters here in the land of the free and the home of the brave. We have been so nice and paitent with the left, giving you time to work your kinks out, but you have become a drag on our society and economey.
    Rather than working your kinks out of your system, growing the $ff up, and becoming prodective members of society, your Dook 4 Brains Lefty movement has proven to be nonproductive, lazy, and embarrasing to our nation on the world stage.
    We have ran out of paitence with you and will vote accordingly in 2024.
    We still love y’all but you are just wrong and have become useless drags on society. We can no longer afford you or tolerate your insults, lazyness, and the harm you are inflicting on our childern.
    Other than that, have a nice weekend,
    Earl Pitts American “The Big Voice On The Right”

    • Joe The Plumber

      July 8, 2023 at 9:02 am

      What Earl said. Joe

    • White Minority And Falling 📉

      July 8, 2023 at 9:23 am

      Sleepy Nazi Earl typed away while we took his freedoms right front under his White nose.

    • M. Mouse

      July 8, 2023 at 12:18 pm

      Too many words, Earl. Squeak!

    • Kerry McCollough

      July 8, 2023 at 6:13 pm

      Spelling is a virtue.

      • Earl Pitts American

        July 10, 2023 at 11:46 am

        FYI leftist spelling Nazi’s only rear their ugly heads after taking a painfull spanking from me, Earl Pitts American.
        Thank you Kerry Mac,
        Earl Pitts American

  • Suze

    July 8, 2023 at 8:59 am

    Please define WOKE

  • Karen Gaines

    July 8, 2023 at 9:21 am

    What’s a Riley Gaines?

    • Gary

      July 9, 2023 at 9:33 am

      She’s definitely not a KAREN!

  • My Take

    July 8, 2023 at 9:23 am

    “Riley,” huh? Gender neutral. Do we know what “she” was born as?
    (Trump’s longtime behavior has given all of I us license to personally insult and attack Enjoy!)

    • Jay Smif

      July 8, 2023 at 1:11 pm

      Yep, better check “Reilly’s” shorts for a wiener, and do it publicly. She’s a trans groomer for sure.

  • SteveHC

    July 8, 2023 at 9:31 am

    Gaines is spouting utter nonsense, typical of all of these pathetic DeSantis and Trump sycophant snowflakes claiming all legitimate criticisims of their political gods ate somehow “unfair”. Truly pathetic.

  • PeterH

    July 8, 2023 at 9:39 am

    The DeSantis whining machine is deafening! Whaaaaa!

  • Bwj

    July 8, 2023 at 10:00 am

    Ms. Gaines is certainly entitled to her opinion on trans athletes. She should go read some history about her Alma Mater’s basketball history especially the game against Texas Western for the NCAA title. She went to the University of Kentucky.

  • My Take

    July 8, 2023 at 10:06 am

    When your behavior is detestable, as Tiny-D’s ìs, expect some criticism and insult.

  • Michael K

    July 8, 2023 at 10:14 am

    Cheap shots? Any idea what it feels like to be a member of one of the many groups of people insulted, attacked, vilified, and stripped of basic rights by DeSantis?

    Cry me a river. Put on some big boy pants with those go go boots and man up. And stop playing the victim. Pathetic.

    • Gary

      July 9, 2023 at 9:35 am

      Which rights?


    July 8, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    This is the garbage you get when you turn to athletes and celebrities for political insight.

    Whether it’s Ted Nugent, Ted Turner, Kid Rock, Chris Rock, Roger Waters or anyone else. I’m not going to look to entertainers to shape my views of the world, my politics or my morality.

  • Silly Wabbit

    July 8, 2023 at 12:19 pm

    She kwazy.

  • Really Feigns

    July 8, 2023 at 2:07 pm

    Waaaa. Was someone being mean to little moRon? It’s so nice to see entitled debutants everywhere stepping forward to defend him from those bad ol’ meanies. I mean all Gov DiSaster is trying to do is destroy American democracy and establish a fascist dictatorship in North America much as he has done in Florida by establishing himself as il Duce de Tallahassee.

  • BigDar

    July 8, 2023 at 2:10 pm

    These Trump thumpers and DeSantaclaus lovers are still the tin foil hat brigaid of immoral crybabies left behind by democracy. The USA doesn’t need them really.

  • Kerry McCollough

    July 8, 2023 at 6:11 pm

    Pot calling the kettle black. Pure silliness.

  • Dont Say FLA

    July 8, 2023 at 7:03 pm

    Another big score for the Rhonda campaign. First Rhonda landed a podcast (wow!) and now a second place swimmer. Go Rhonda go! Rhonda, you go!

    • Dont Say FLA

      July 8, 2023 at 7:13 pm

      Correction: Tied for Fifth place swimmer. Not second place. She didn’t get her participation trophy immediately, therefore trans folks are the devil. That makes sense, lol. Why not be angry at swim meet organizers that don’t have as many trophies per swimmer for every position. I mean what if everybody tied for first and there was only one first place trophy, Riley? After 3rd place, who even cares what place anybody got? 1st and 3rd place are good. 2nd place and others are not. Nobody cares about 5th place and even fewer folks care about second 5th place, Riley. LOL

  • ScottInFlorida

    July 9, 2023 at 9:53 pm

    Cry more you pathetic slave party. We The People voted DeSantis in by a LAND SLIDE. We invite you to leave Florida you know you dont belong here.

  • But Groomers

    July 10, 2023 at 2:27 pm

    In her own words, ““When they have nothing else against you, they will throw labels your way.”

    Labels. Such as “Groomers,” right?

    Rhonda has no legit issue to make regarding trans folks or drag queens etc, so Rhonda labels them as “groomers,” trying to stir an empty pot.

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