Trump is right on transgender bathroom laws

(CNN)It seems smug to put it this way, but I will give Donald Trump credit for one thing: bathrooms.

It’s not an undercut. On the issue of legislating transgender bathrooms –and maybe only on this issue, if you ask me — Trump is completely right, and his rival Ted Cruz completely wrong.


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The billionaire said Thursday on the “Today” show on NBC that, “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, and the problem with what happened in North Carolina is the strife and the economic punishment that they’re taking. So I would say that’s probably the best way.


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It’s also a solution in search of a problem, as Trump noted. Is there an epidemic of trans agitators exploiting their adopted genders to invade women’s restrooms and do untoward stuff to young girls? If so, I missed all the paranoia over non-trans men sneaking into women’s bathrooms, and doing untoward stuff to young girls. What is to stop any man from walking into a public ladies’ room in the first place?
The arguments for such legislation are, in short, entirely fabricated, a cultural and political invention used to stoke public fear, pledge fealty to a cartoonish, far-right totem of morality, and stand athwart some imagined political correctness.
This, it should be noted, is how Ted Cruz arrived at his conclusion. And that matters, too.
The real question is what Trump’s supporters will think. Do they agree that Caitlin Jenner should be able to pop into a stall next to their daughters? Or do they think these laws are right — and Trump is wrong?

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