The new record set by a Canadian transgender weightlifter has been called “preposterous” by Piers Morgan.
After Anne Andres, a 40-year-old weightlifter, surpassed her prior powerlifting records at the 2023 Western Canadian Championship, Morgan vented on social media.
Former competitive swimmer Riley Gaines cited Justin Trudeau as the cause, according to Fox News.
Who is Anne Andres?
Andres, who presently holds several female powerlifting records, was competing on Sunday in the Female Masters Unequipped division at the 2023 Western Canadian Championship of the Canadian Powerlifting Union.
Her final weight lifted in the squat, bench press, and dead lift were 271 kilogrammes, more than 90 kilogrammes than her nearest rival, SuJan Gill, who came in at 175.5 kilogrammes.
Andres broke the women’s national record for Canada with that amount during the competition.
Gaines responded by posting on social media that Trudeau’s policies allowed the Canadian Powerlifting Union (CPU) to have a gender self-identification Trans Inclusion Policy, which was announced earlier this year, and which permits transgender women to compete in women’s competitions without requirements based on hormone levels or surgeries.
“Andres’ record is a mediocre lift by a mediocre male powerlifter because the Canadian powerlifting union is discriminating against female athletes,” Gaines said, referring to Andres as male, while captioning her Twitter post saying Trudeau’s “radical disdain for women (and reality)” was “in effect.”
Gaines also shared a video of Andres speaking about women’s powerlifting, where she rips her competition’s ability to bench.
“Why is women’s bench so bad? I mean, not compared to me,” Andres began her argument. “We all know that I’m a tranny freak, so that doesn’t count. And no, we’re not talking about Mackenzie Lee. She’s got little T-Rex arms, and she’s like 180 kilos of chest muscle apparently. I mean, standard bench in powerlifting competition for women. I literally don’t understand why it’s so bad.”
“Let’s rephrase that: Women’s bench might be bad to you because you are a male who has gone through male puberty with a male amount of testosterone,” Gaines said, referring to Andres.