Donald Trump stated today, at a town hall on the Today Show, that he is opposed to North Carolina’s “bathroom law.” Trump argued his position against the law, stating that when people go to the restroom, they should “use the bathroom they feel is appropriate.” Trump added “North Carolina did something — it was very strong — and they’re paying a big price. And there’s a lot of problems. And I heard — one of the best answers I heard was from a commentator yesterday saying, leave it the way it is, right now.” Trump, when asked if Caitlyn Jenner would she be able to use the woman’s bathroom in Trump Tower, replied “That is correct.”
Donald Trump also addressed talk of creating bathrooms, specifically designed for transgender people. Trump stated “First of all, I think that would be discriminatory in a certain way. It would be unbelievably expensive for businesses and for the country. Leave it the way it is.” Trump’s most contentious rival Ted Cruz, adamantly disagrees with Trump’s stance.
Speaking on Glenn Beck’s radio show, Cruz said the country has “gone off the deep end.” Senator Cruz later tweeted a message, via his Twitter account which read “Common sense: grown men shouldn’t be in bathrooms w/ little girls.” Cruz went on to further explain his opposition to Beck. “My 5-year-old knows the difference between boys and girls. That’s not a reasonable position. It is simply crazy. The idea 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.”
Cruz eventually returned to his argument that Trump is not a true conservative, once again aligning some of Trump’s positions with those of President Obama and Hillary Clinton. While speaking at a campaign event in Maryland, Cruz stated “Have we gone stark raving nuts? I’m waiting in anticipation for the new baseball caps: Make PC Great Again.”
While there are many who might disagree with Cruz’s support of the bathroom law, there are also those who might agree with him. One could easily make the argument, that opposing the law does not necessarily make a person less of a conservative. It is true however, that the words conservative and intolerance, at times seem to go hand in hand. Cruz’s assertions are proof of that very fact. While the bathroom law itself, is political in nature, it is much more likely that one’s fears, acceptance, and religious beliefs, will play a greater part in determining which side of the fence their on.