House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been getting trolled across social media for bragging about telling Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky that women’s tennis icon and feminist activist Billie Jean King sends her regards.
“When I spoke to President Zelensky, I said, Billie Jean King sends you her regards,” Pelosi told reporters on Wednesday.
No wonder why no one takes the United States seriously these days. pic.twitter.com/aOlxqZvvlu
— Big Fish (@BigFish3000) March 9, 2022
The tennis star had visited the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX, a federal civil rights law passed in 1972 that “prohibits sex-based discrimination in any school or other education program that receives funding from the federal government.”
A special morning at U.S. Capitol Building, celebrating the 50th anniversary of #TitleIX.
Title IX is vitally important to the success of women in education, in sports & in the professional world.
Let’s work together to preserve it for the next 50 years!#WomensHistoryMonth pic.twitter.com/lXoyq4KfCf
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) March 9, 2022
LIVE NOW: Tennis great Billie Jean King will be honored at the Annual Women's History Month Event at the U.S. Capitol, hosted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi https://t.co/sggsVXZ2RP
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) March 9, 2022
Given that Ukraine has been invaded by a nuclear world power and stands on the precipice of being conquered by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Pelosi allegedly comforting Zelensky with the words of an aging 1970s woke social justice warrior did not exactly earn rave reviews on social media.
Inexplicably idiotic. https://t.co/20nmWIHNgn
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) March 9, 2022
Mixed emotions for Zelensky: Russians hit squads are after him, missiles are landing around him, half his country is in flames … BUT BILLIE JEAN KING SAYS HI!
At least he's got that going for him. https://t.co/smF9aDiarI
— Gerry Callahan (@GerryCallahan) March 9, 2022
That’s right, you heard me, send us Billie Jean King https://t.co/XwL3zI0chz pic.twitter.com/jHcLM8z8t5
— Dr. Ricardo Harambe (@Richard_Harambe) March 9, 2022
In November of last year, USTA reported that Team USA would be hosting Ukraine with a spot in the 2022 Billie Jean King Cup Finals.
“The U.S. has played Ukraine just once in the history of the competition since Ukraine’s independence from the Soviet Union,” it noted. “In the competition’s old format, the U.S. won a 5-0 World Group Play-off tie on the road, on clay in Kharkiv back in 2012.”
Billie Jean King has been an outspoken supporter of far-left causes and has denounced states for passing laws protecting women’s sports from transgender activism. In 2020, she joined several LGBT athletes demanding that the state of Idaho be punished for passing a law requiring transgender athletes to compete in sports corresponding to their biological sex. Alongside 176 women, including soccer star Megan Rapinoe, King signed a legal brief that called on judges to overturn the law.
“There is no place in any sport for discrimination of any kind,” King said at the time. “I’m proud to support all transgender athletes who simply want the access and opportunity to compete in the sport they love. The global athletic community grows stronger when we welcome and champion all athletes – including LGBTQI+ athletes.”
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