Ted Cruz continues to spread misinformation about the transgender local community. The Republican candidate referred to as “bathroom bills”—legislation that forbids trans individuals from utilizing bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity—“common sense” Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union “It doesn’t make sense for grown grownup males — strangers — to be alone in a restroom with a little woman,” he informed interviewer Jake Tapper.
Tapper had asked Cruz to respond to a current statement from Caitlyn Jenner. Final week, the trans Olympian and reality star attempted to educate Cruz and Donald Trump after making use of a restroom at Trump Hotel in New York. In the past, the I Am Cait star informed The Advocate she would like to serve as a “trans ambassador” to Cruz should he turn out to be president. “Thank you, Donald. I truly value it,” Jenner stated in a video following employing the women’s restroom. “And by the way Ted, no one got molested.”
However, Cruz did not get the stage of the message. “This is the height of political correctness,” Cruz responded. “And frankly, the concern is not the Caitlyn Jenners of the globe. But if the law is such that any man if he feels like it can go in a women’s restroom and you can not inquire him to leave, that opens the door for predators.” When Tapper pushed back against the “child molestor” argument and pointed out how this kind of laws and rhetoric may possibly demonize the transgender local community, Cruz brushed the point aside. “But the law doesn’t specify transgender,” Cruz mentioned. “It’s just whatever you come to feel like at the given minute.” In a statement, the Human Rights Campaign blasted Cruz’s remarks and debunked the myth of the bathroom predator. “After invoking the value of the Bill of Rights, Ted Cruz had the gall to spread vicious lies about transgender people and laws that deny us critical freedoms,” Jay Brown, the LGBT group’s communications director. “Ted Cruz’s dread-mongering campaign about attacks in restrooms has by no means been documented in the decades that far more than a hundred regional non-discrimination protections have existed.” Watch Cruz discuss trans troubles at 5:twenty in the CNN interview beneath.