Hours after the magnate was remarkably reasonable when he spoke out against a polarizing new North Carolina law which bans transgender individuals from using the bathroom of their choice, Trump flip-flopped and said the law should be left up to the state.
The billionaire buffoon told Matt Lauer Thursday on the “Today” show that transgender people should “use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate” and that the law shouldn’t have been put in place.
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“You leave it the way it is,” Trump said, referring to the way things were before the law was passed.
“There have been very few complaints the way it is,” Trump said, before telling Lauer that he would let Caitlyn Jenner use the Trump Towers bathroom of her choice.
Trump was being pressed about a law that passed on March 23 in the Tar Heel state and has generated a firestorm of controversy.
Businesses have said they would pack up and leave the state in protest and touring musicians refused to play in North Carolina because of the controversial law.
But the backtracking businessman ducked the same question when Fox’s Sean Hannity pressed him on the issue later that night on his conservative show.
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“I fully understand if they (North Carolina) want to go through it, but they are losing business,” Trump said, before saying that the state should decide for itself what laws to pass.
“Local communities and states should make the decision. I feel very strongly about that. The federal government should not be involved,” the GOP front-runner said.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who supports the new North Carolina law, slammed Trump for the mogul’s initial tolerance on the issue, saying that he was “bowing down” to “political correctness.”
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), speaking during a visit to the Republican National Committee Spring Meeting in Hollywood, Florida, slammed Trump’s initial statement.
“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,” Cruz said in a statement.
Cruz has built his platform on staggering social conservatism and has repeatedly defended the North Carolina law, at times comparing transgender individuals to “child molesters” and pedophiles.”