ICYMI: Tuberville on Newsmax: Democrats are Trying to Destroy Women’s Sports, Title IX

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville joined “National Report” on Newsmax to discuss how he recently forced a vote on an amendment that would protect female athletes by keeping men out of women’s sports. All 51 Democrats voted to block the amendment from proceeding.

Excerpts from Senator Tuberville’s remarks can be found below, and the full interview can be found on YouTube or Rumble.

RECHENBERG: “In this week’s edition of ‘Saving Women’s Spaces:’ Alabama Republican Senator Tommy Tuberville, fighting to protect women’s sports—offering forth an amendment to prevent biological men from competing in women’s sports. All 51 Democrats voting against the bill, blocking a vote from moving forward. Tuberville originally introducing the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act back in 2022, but Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer had refused to bring it to the floor for a vote. Senator Tuberville joins us now. Sir, welcome, and thank you so much for coming on. We were playing some of your remarks earlier, and it appears to sound like common sense. Safety for women, protection for women in sports. And yet, no Democrats seemed to be on board with that. What’s your message to those Democratic lawmakers today?”

TUBERVILLE: “Well, good luck in your elections this fall. I think this is going to be a big topic when you’ve got Jon Tester of Montana, Sherrod Brown of Ohio—you got so many that are Democrats that are up for re-election. Surely to goodness, people across the country are going to have enough common sense to say, ‘Listen, if you believe that men should play against my daughter or granddaughter in sports, you’ve lost your mind.’ So, that’s pretty much where we stand on this. Again, it’s not rocket science. They’re trying to destroy for some reason, Title IX, women’s sports altogether. They hate gender. They want everybody to be the same. It makes no sense. But, we put up with this foolishness up here all the time. Hopefully, hopefully, in about six or seven months we’ll draw the line here and get back to what this country’s really about.”

RECHENBERG: “It’s been in the news recently this discussion about men in women’s sports. In fact, the South Carolina Women’s Basketball Coach Dawn Staley was asked about her views on that. You might have seen the clip. In case not, for our viewers—here’s that moment when she was asked about biological men should be competing in the women’s league. […]

What you think about the coach’s comments there?”

TUBERVILLE: “Unfortunate. It’s her responsibility to coach women against women, not women against men, or half men-half women in terms of the numbers on the teams. It’s just unfortunate. I coached for forty years. And, you know, I was around, first starting coaching when Title IX started. It’s probably the only—one of the few things up here that they’ve actually done federally that has helped groups of people across the country. And let me tell you something—it has done great. But since the last three years that I’ve been in this seat and in the Senate, I’ve seen nothing but attacks on women, Title IX. And this is coming from the same people that actually fought—the activists that fought—for Title IX. So, they can’t make their mind up, but that’s the Democrats’ agenda now. […]

It’s just unfortunate that this young coach, who obviously is a pretty good coach, is going to come out and attack the sport that she has been very successful in.” 

RECHENBERG: You know, in some of your remarks, of course, you talked about the safety of women when it comes to actually the competition, right? On the field, on the court, you wanna make sure that they’re protected. But then also you mentioned the safety of the locker rooms, right? Feeling comfortable and safe in that space before or after a match. You know, in the past few months, we’ve seen a number of people who appear to be men changing in women’s locker rooms at Planet Fitness centers. Again, local gym chain here. Again, we’ve actually spoken to a woman who captured this photograph, essentially saying that there were young girls in that space—very close to where a biological man was getting ready for a workout here. Planet Fitness though, saying, the photo breaks the policy, so they’re the ones who are kicked out. But the policy stands—depending on which gender you identify with, you can use the locker room. What’s your messages to businesses that have that approach?”

TUBERVILLE: “Well, it’s just, again, unfortunate. And the sports aspect is one thing because it’s supervised—out on the court, in the swimming pool, on the field, whatever. But then you go in the locker rooms—you don’t have the support. It is you versus somebody else in that locker room. We’ve had rapes. We’ve had fights. We’ve had people that have been embarrassed. And that’s not what this country is about. It’s about fairness when it comes to something that is so vital to our country’s way of prospering—of young girls being able to grow up and being comfortable and being themselves. But to be put into a locker room with a biological male? To me, that’s against the law. You know, people should be put in jail for that. It’s just unfortunate we’re having to go through this point in time. That’s the reason we have to get this administration out of office because everything they’ve touched, whether it’s foreign relations, economy, anything to do with sports, they have absolutely ruined it. So, we gotta get back to common sense in this country, and we gotta get back to fairness and give these young girls, women an opportunity because if we don’t do that, if we don’t make this change, we’re gonna start losing young girls at an age that parents aren’t gonna allow them to dress in dressingrooms, take showers with biological boys, or participate in a sport where they might be injured against a bigger, faster, stronger person.”

RECHENBERG: “Yeah. Again, certain companies have different policies when it comes to gender identity in these spaces. Different schools, different leagues have different policies, just kinda gotta read into it right now at this point. Waiting to see what happens next from the federal level. Right now, it’s on pause. There’s not enough votes to change anything about it. But I know you’re getting the word out. Senator Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, thanks, Sir, for coming on today and sharing your thoughts.”

TUBERVILLE: “Thank you. And I wanna say thanks to the NAIA for standing up, and the NCAA needs to be the next step in protecting women and girls in sports.”

Senator Tommy Tuberville represents Alabama in the United States Senate and is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and HELP Committees.