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Biden challenger RFK Jr. opposes trans athletes in women's sports: 'I don't think that's fair'

Since launching his campaign, Kennedy is polling in second place to President Joe Biden, who announced his reelection bid last week.

Published: April 30, 2023 8:26am

Updated: June 29, 2023 6:01pm

Democrat presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. says he opposes allowing biological males to compete in women's sports, taking a markedly different stance from other Democratic candidates as he surges in primary polls. 

"I'm against people participating in women's sports ... who are biologically male. I think women have worked too hard to develop women's sports over the past 30 years," he told CNN host Michael Smerconish on Saturday. "I don't think that's fair."

The remarks came at the end of the interview when Smerconish held a lightning round of questioning.

Kennedy, an environmental lawyer and son of the late presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, launched his 2024 Democratic presidential campaign on April 19. 

Since launching his campaign, Kennedy is polling in second place to President Joe Biden, who announced his reelection bid on April 25.  

In a Beacon Research/Shaw & Company Research poll released last Tuesday, Kennedy polled at 19% to Biden's 62%, according to FiveThirtyEight. An Emerson College poll last week put Kennedy at 21% to Biden's 70%, showing that Kennedy is gaining more support.

Kennedy's stance on transgender athletes is different from the proposals put forward by the Biden administration, which is working to stop blanket transgender sports bans. Marianne Williamson, who is also in the Democratic presidential primary, expressed support for transgender individuals on numerous occasions, but she has not directly commented on biological men competing in women's sports.

Madeleine Hubbard is an international correspondent for Just the News. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

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