Trump: Transgender People Should Use Bathroom They're Comfortable With

He says North Carolina's 'bathroom bill' was a mistake
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2016 5:55 PM CDT
Trump: Transgender People Should Use Bathroom They're Comfortable With
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump appears on NBC's "Today" in New York on Thursday.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Donald Trump broke with many of his fellow Republicans on Thursday, saying transgender people should be able to “use the bathroom they feel is appropriate," the New York Times reports. The Republican frontrunner was addressing North Carolina's controversial—many would say discriminatory—"bathroom bill" during a town-hall event in New York. He said the state made a big mistake with its law, which has caused economic damage and was unnecessary in the first place. “You leave it the way it is,” he said. “There have been very few complaints the way it is.” He also said he'd be fine with Caitlyn Jenner using whichever restroom at Trump Tower made her comfortable.

Ted Cruz immediately jumped on Trump's comments, claiming they are proof Trump won't protect religious freedoms as president, CNN reports. "He thought that men should be able to go into the girls' bathrooms if they want to," Cruz said at a rally in Maryland. "Grown adult men—strangers—should not be alone in a bathroom with little girls." (More Donald Trump stories.)

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