On Thursday while appearing on NBC’s Today Show, Donald Trump argued that transgendered people should be allowed to use the facilities of their choice. The comments quickly caused shockwaves across the country and elicited a response from Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on the Glenn Beck radio show.
First, here’s what Mr. Trump said:
“North Carolina did something that was very strong, and they are paying a big price and there’s a lot of problems, North Carolina, what they are going through with all of the business that’s leaving and the strife– and that’s on both sides. Leave it the way it is. There have been very few complaints the way it is. People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate, there has been so little trouble… I think that would be discriminatory in a certain way.”
In response, Senator Cruz argued that Donald Trump has now revealed himself to be no different than the liberal Democrats we are fighting against.
“Donald Trump is no different from politically correct leftist elites. Today, he joined them in calling for grown men to be allowed to use little girls’ public restrooms. As the dad of young daughters, I dread what this will mean for our daughters – and for our sisters and our wives. It is a reckless policy that will endanger our loved ones.
“Yet Donald stands up for this irresponsible policy while at the same time caving in on defending individual freedoms and religious liberty. He has succumbed to the Left’s agenda, which is to force Americans to leave God out of public life while paying lip service to false tolerance.
“This is not real tolerance. The Left wants to force its belief system onto Americans across the country and silence people of faith in the public square. Unsurprisingly, Donald Trump is all too eager to join them. This simply confirms that the same man who favored partial-birth abortion and still supports public funding for Planned Parenthood will sacrifice principle on the altar of political correctness. Trump will not defeat political correctness. Today he bowed to it.”
On Glenn Beck’s radio show Senator Cruz went more in depth and discussed some of the deeper problems surrounding this issue. (You can see a partial transcript at Ted Cruz’s website.)
A spokesman for North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory (R-NC) also questioned Mr. Trump’s decision to defend liberal policies while attacking North Carolina’s stance, “Where the governor disagrees with Mr. Trump is that bathroom and shower facilities in our schools should be kept separate and special accommodations made when needed. It’s just common sense,” Rocky Diaz told Breitbart News.
Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) defended North Carolina when he spoke out on this issue from the House floor later on Thursday morning. “Who are they trying to protect in North Carolina? They’re trying to protect innocent kids that cannot protect themselves.” He continued, “Why condemn North Carolina when they’re just trying to protect the privacy of girls?”
What do you think? Was Mr. Trump wrong to defend genderless bathrooms, or are conservatives wrong for arguing that genderless bathrooms created needlessly dangerous situations?
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