Donald Trump Thursday waded into the question of whether transgenders should be able to choose whether to use the men’s or the women’s room, saying that yes, in fact, they should.
Looks like an opening for Sen. Ted Cruz with conservatives, and even many moderately conservative Republicans who have been supporting Trump. The comment is sure to raise fears among some in the GOP about whether Trump is really as conservative as he sounds.
“Oh, I had a feeling that question was going to come up, I will tell you. Well, look, North Carolina did something that was very strong. And they’re paying a big price. And there’s a lot of problems,” Trump said during an appearance on NBC’s Today show.
North Carolina last month passed a law requiring people to use the bathroom that lines up with the equipment they were born with. Trump suggested economics were part of what was driving his thinking.
“North Carolina, what they’re going through with all the business that’s leaving, all of the strife — and that’s on both sides. Leave it the way it is,” he said.
“There have been very few complaints the way it is. People go. They use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate,” Trump said. “There has been so little trouble. And the problem with what happened in North Carolina is the strife and the economic – I mean, the economic punishment that they’re taking.”
“That’s not a reasonable position,” Cruz said said during an interview with Glenn Beck. Cruz called it “simply crazy … that grown men would be allowed alone in a bathroom with little girls — you don’t need to be a behavioral psychologist to realize bad things can happen, and any prudent person wouldn’t allow that.”