If Republicans and conservatives were holding out hope that Donald Trump would end the bathroom battles now raging in North Carolina, Target stores, and elsewhere, their hopes have apparently been misplaced.
Keeping in line with those who criticize Trump for holding liberal social values, Trump came out last week in agreement with many on the left. Arguing transgenders should be able to use any bathroom they prefer, Trump also said people are free to choose a women’s or men’s restroom based on their preference at his hotels.
One famous transgender individual has taken Trump at his word.
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Former Olympian turned transgender, Bruce Jenner, now Caitlyn Jenner, recorded a video of himself dressed as a woman, entering one of the women’s bathrooms at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York. The video started with Jenner on the sidewalk outside the hotel proudly stating, “I am going to go take a pee in the ladies room,” after reminding viewers Trump said he could.
The next scene is of Jenner passing by the men’s room and commenting, “Men’s — not anymore.” Jenner then proceeds to a restroom with a “W” on the front of the door. Jenner walks in and, a few moments later, walks out, making the following statement. “Thank you Donald. I really do appreciate it. And by the way Ted, nobody got molested.”
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The parting shot at Sen. Ted Cruz was presumably in response to Cruz’s staunch opposition to having government policy base restroom use on gender identity rather than biological sex. Cruz told reporters, while on the campaign trail in Plainfield, IN, last week, “You don’t have a right to intrude upon the rights of others because whether or not a man believes he’s a woman. There are a lot of women who would like to be able to use a public restroom in peace without having a man there — and when there are children involved, you don’t have a right to impose your lifestyle on others.”
Cruz’s comment highlights a concern many have expressed. As of Thursday, over 800,000 people have pledged to boycott Target stores as a result of the company policy to allow anyone self-identifying as the opposite sex to use the bathroom of their choice.
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