Trump attended the Tulsa championships with Oklahoma senator
Fans at the NCAA Wrestling Championships this weekend applauded former President Donald Trump as he entered the arena along with Oklahoma Republican Senator Markwayne Mullin.
Videos posted on social media show fans applauding for President Trump, who is a known fan of wrestling, given his longtime association with World Wrestling Entertainment. The championships were held in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
“Welcome, former President @realDonaldTrump and former college [wrestler], US senator @SenMullin to the wrestling finals!” NCAA Wrestling tweeted.
Trump is a member of the WWE Hall of Fame and appointed Linda McMahon, a WWE executive, to the role of administrator of the Small Business Administration while he was in the White House. Mullin wrestled at the collegiate level.
The applause came just days before Donald Trump is reportedly set to be arrested for a seven-year-old misdemeanor related to allegations he paid hush money to a porn actress named Stormy Daniels to cover up an alleged affair, NBC News reported.
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The support from wrestling fans and NCAA Wrestling stands in contrast to the ongoing criticism faced by NCAA officials for their support of gender ideology and Lia Thomas, a male who identifies as a female and dominated female swimming competition while at the University of Pennsylvania.
Thomas’ domination has drawn criticism from Riley Gaines, a former swimmer at the University of Kentucky who has been an outspoken critic of gender ideology and men competing against women in female sports.
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“I think the most important thing colleges can specifically do to protect women’s sports is stand firm in how they genuinely feel,” Gaines recently told The College Fix while at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
“I was present at the NCAA convention, where I got a booth similar to the set up of this convention, where athletic directors would walk around, all the presidents of universities, chancellors, and I had the chance to talk to all of them,” she said.
“They all said to me, ‘Keep doing what you are doing, we support you, we just can’t do it publicly,’” she told The Fix.
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