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Cruz on bathroom bill: "Have we gone stark raving nuts?"

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 01:00

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz criticizes front-runner Donald Trump for his stance against North Carolina's bathroom bill which prohibits transgender people from using bathrooms consistent with their gender identity. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz criticized rival Donald Trump's opposition to North Carolina's bathroom bill which prohibits transgender people from using bathrooms consistent with their gender identity. Speaking at a rally in Frederick, Maryland, Cruz asked the crowd, "Have we gone stark raving nuts?" when talking about the recent push to allow transgender individuals to use the bathroom of their choice. Earlier in the day, Republican front-runner Donald Trump said on NBC's Today Show that transgender people should be able to use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate. He added that he would allow Caitlyn Jenner to use whatever bathroom she preferred in Trump Tower. Cruz seized on those comments saying, "Here is basic common sense. Grown adult men... should not be allowed alone in bathrooms with little girls." North Carolina's governor in March signed into law a measure barring transgender people from using bathrooms consistent with their gender identity, touching off widespread criticism from corporate, entertainment and sports leaders. So-called "bathroom bills" like the one passed in North Carolina have fueled debate about privacy, religious freedom and equal rights and drawn stern reactions from major corporations and entertainers who call them discriminatory. North Carolina Republican Governor Pat McCrory tweaked the law with an executive order, adding protections against discrimination for state employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Cruz on bathroom bill: "Have we gone stark raving nuts?"

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 01:00