Lauren Boebert Faces Backlash After 'Woke Olympics' Dig at Trans Weightlifter

Representative Lauren Boebert slammed transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard after she was given the green light to compete at the Tokyo Olympics.

Boebert, a Colorado Republican, took to social media to take aim at New Zealand's latest addition to the team.

"Olympic weightlifter Sarah Robles is the first American to win a medal in the sport since 2000," she wrote.

"In the upcoming Olympics, Sarah will be competing against a biological male from New Zealand who previously competed in men's weightlifting competitions. This is WRONG!"

Boebert then shared a photograph of Robles under the heading "USA's best female" next to Hubbard, whose photograph was under the title "New Zealand's biological male."

The caption for the image then read: "Welcome to the woke Olympics."

She later followed the tweet up with an additional post, which read "There is nothing more pro-woman than saying men shouldn't be allowed to compete in women's sports."

The tweets caused an uproar on social media as users slammed the politician.

Twitter user @DrWatersOSU said: "Laurel Hubbard is a woman. I don't care how you feel about her participation in the Olympics, but you owe her the common courtesy of not mis-gendering her. Glass houses..."

Olympic weightlifter Sarah Robles is the first American to win a medal in the sport since 2000.

In the upcoming Olympics, Sarah will be competing against a biological male from New Zealand who previously competed in men’s weightlifting competitions.

This is WRONG! pic.twitter.com/VCxHRfEBuA

— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) June 21, 2021

"I'm sorry you've been suckered into not understanding how this all works, Lauren," @Dortles tweeted. "Do a little scientific research and you'll feel a lot better. Funny how education can do that (not that you're a big fan of education, but maybe it's time to start trying.)"

@alexjowski shared: "Enough with the transphobia. What these athletes do is none of your business."

@kassahn_edward posted: "One more subject that you know nothing about! Keeping it light and fun, LB?"

"Lauren Boebert, hard at work tackling the real issues that affect everyday Americans," @ClintDavis74 mocked. They followed up the tweet with a string of clown emojis.

@tjvgil8 shared a GIF of a person saying: "So just cry more, it's ok. Nobody cares."

"They're not men! they're trans WOMEN. Suck it up bobert," @AaylaHeyla said. "Just cause you're intimidated by another woman doesn't mean they should be kicked out of their field. I agree we should have tighter restrictions and clear cut rules but knock this bulls*** off."

Men aren’t competing; a trans-woman is a woman.

— Tim Evans (@timmevans1649) June 21, 2021

So THIS is what you're worried about instead of actually helping your constituents.

— Sencha Skene (@BruceHa86541108) June 21, 2021

All I see is comparisons on gender.

Anyone actually look at their compared performances?

Oh yeah, btw @laurenboebertpic.twitter.com/Ig4bP98ruI

— jenkins (@jenkins17606170) June 21, 2021

@aeb212 posted: "Nothing seems more pro-women to me than giving them a choice and not treating them like reproduction bins."

Boebert's comments come after Hubbard made headlines by becoming the first transgender athlete to compete at this year's upcoming Olympics.

At 43-years-old Hubbard is set to be the oldest weightlifter at the games.

Hubbard being allowed to compete came after she met the rules set by the International Olympic Committee's regulations for trans athletes and fair competition.

The rules state that trans athletes are able to compete in the female category if they are able to demonstrate a total testosterone level below 10 nanomoles per liter for a minimum of 12 months before they compete.

Hubbard, who transitioned in 2012, previously won silver at the 2017 World Championships.

Lauren Boebert took aim at Laurel Hubbard
Lauren Boebert took aim at champion weightlifter Laurel Hubbard after she was allowed to compete for New Zealand at the Olympics. Hannah Peters/Getty Images/Joe Raedle/Getty Images