Trump wrong on PC restrooms
Most Americans – at least, it is to be hoped most Americans – are still okay with the commonsense idea of biological males and biological females using separate and distinct restrooms. Not so okay with it, apparently, is one Donald J. Trump, currently undergoing a personality transplant to make himself look more “presidential.”
Trump, who began his campaign railing against political correctness as he warned of rapists and other undesirables pouring across our borders, has embraced one of the most egregious politically correct tenets of the liberal and loony left – that distinctions between sexes are an artificial and discriminatory construct, that gender is an ambiguous concept, and that individuals should be free to determine their own sexual identity and which restroom to use. As Politico reports, Trump embraced P.C. restrooms when asked about North Carolina’s restroom privacy law:
Transgender people should be able to use whatever bathroom they want, Donald Trump said Thursday.
"Oh, I had a feeling that question was going to come up, I will tell you. North Carolina did something that was very strong. And they're paying a big price. There's a lot of problems," the Republican presidential candidate said during a town hall event on NBC's "Today."….
"There have been very few complaints the way it is. People go. They use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate," Trump said. "There has been so little trouble. And the problem with what happened in North Carolina is the strife and the economic -- I mean, the economic punishment that they're taking."
Matt Lauer then asked whether Trump has any transgender people working for his company.
"I really don't know. I probably do. I really don't know," Trump said, answering that he would allow, say, transgender celebrity Caitlyn Jenner to use whatever bathroom she wanted at Trump Tower.
So the allegedly anti-P.C. Trump does not want to protect the borders of our restrooms for our little girls but claims he will protect the borders of the United States? According to Trump, it should be okay for any sexual predator in a dress to follow a teen into the ladies’ room at the mall. Let us hope Trump is not serious and that this is just another issue Trump has not thought through thoroughly, having missed it on the Sunday morning (or is it Saturday morning?) shows he says he regularly watches.
Breitbart.com has compiled a list from daily news accounts giving a preview of what will become the norm if P.C. restrooms are forced upon us. A few examples:
PALMDALE – A 33-year-old Palmdale man who allegedly dressed as a woman while secretly videotaping females using a department store bathroom was charged with several misdemeanor counts Tuesday, authorities said. Jason Pomare was charged with six counts of unlawful use of a concealed camera for the purposes of sexual gratification, according to Sergeant Brian Hudson of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau.
A biological man claiming to be ‘transgender’ so as to gain access to and prey on women at two Toronto shelters was jailed “indefinitely” last week after being declared by a judge a “dangerous offender.” Pro-family leaders are pointing out that this is exactly the type of incident they warned of as the Ontario government passed its “gender identity” bill, dubbed the “bathroom bill,” in 2012.
There will be sexual assaults among these incidents, to be sure. No responsible parent lets his child use a public restroom without accompanying him. Free-for-all restrooms only make the vulnerable more so, and if some people want their daughters or wives to use the stall next to a potential predator, they can go to Trump Tower. For the rest of us, unconfused about our gender and anatomy, such nonsense should not be forced upon us.
Okay, not all transgendered people are predators. But when did surgically altering your body bestow upon anyone an alleged constitutional right to use the other gender’s restroom?
The whole concept of someone being “trapped” in the wrong body is nonsense. Evangelical Christians such as Sen. Ted Cruz believe that the Almighty does not make such mistakes. If someone is confused about his sexual identity, he should just drop his drawers and take a wild guess. It is ironic that liberals who insisted we stay out of the bedrooms of homosexuals and lesbians now insist that transgendered people should not stay out of the wrong bathroom.
Senator Ted Cruz rightly slammed Trump’s comments, saying:
“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.
Yet Donald stands up for this irresponsible policy while at the same time caving in on defending individual freedoms and religious liberty. He has succumbed to the Left’s agenda, which is to force Americans to leave God out of public life while paying lip service to false tolerance.
This is not real tolerance. The Left wants to force its belief system onto Americans across the country and silence people of faith in the public square… Trump will not defeat political correctness. Today he bowed to it.”
As the Solicitor General of Texas for five and a half years, Cruz also explained:
“I handled case after case after case of child molesters, of pedophiles, of people who abused little kids. These are serious issues and when you deal with people who are repulsive perverts and criminals… there are some bad people in the world and we shouldn’t be facilitating putting little girls alone in a bathroom with grown adult men. That is just a bad, bad, bad idea.”
A candidate who has such bad ideas should never even get close to the White House – or any of its restrooms.
Daniel John Sobieski is a freelance writer whose pieces have appeared in Investor’s Business Daily, Human Events, Reason Magazine, and the Chicago Sun-Times among other publications.