Transgender Athlete Vows to Burn Old Glory on Olympic Podium
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Many Olympic athletes dream of winning so they can stand on a podium wearing a medal and listening to their country’s national anthem, but not BMX competitor Chelsea Wolfe. A biological male at birth, Wolfe went on social media last year to say something other than “USA, USA!”
“My goal is to win the Olympics so I can burn a U.S. flag on the podium,” Wolfe wrote on his Facebook page on March 25, 2020. “This is what they focus on during a pandemic: Hurting trans children.”
Not everyone is behind Wolfe.
“If this dude who thinks he’s a woman sets fire to Old Glory, he should be stripped of his medals, his uniform, and his plane ticket back home,” said author and radio host Todd Starnes.
Wolfe’s post has since been deleted. Meanwhile, Wolfe told Fox News that his post does not mean he does not care about his home country.
“Anyone who thinks that I don’t care about the United States is sorely mistaken,” Wolfe said. “One of the reasons why I work so hard to represent the United States in international competition is to show the world that this country has morals and values, that it’s not all of the bad things that we’re known for.”
Wolfe went on to say that he takes a stand against fascism because he cares about this country.
“I’m not going to let it fall into the hands of fascists after so many people have fought and sacrificed to prevent fascism from taking hold abroad,” said Wolfe. “As a citizen who wants to be proud of my home country, I’m sure as hell not going to let it take hold here.”
Still, this does not satisfy Wolfe’s critics.
“Wolfe talks about fascism while being a fascist by wanting to burn the American flag,” Steve McConkey of Wisconsin-based 4 Winds USA told ToddStarnes.com. “The United States flag represents years of freedom.”
McConkey added that “the whole transgender movement is radicals trying to dominate society and overthrow the Christian roots of the United States.”
“It is one of the most unpatriotic efforts this country has faced, and Wolfe doesn’t have a clue what he is talking about.”