Ted Cruz Dismisses Criticism from Caitlyn Jenner, Says Allowing Transgender People to Use the Bathroom of Their Choice ‘Opens the Door for Predators’
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is standing his ground in his belief that allowing transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice “opens the door for predators,” dismissing criticism from Caitlyn Jenner, who mocked him over the issue last week.
“This is not a matter of right or left, or Democrat or Republican. This is common sense. It doesn’t make sense for grown adult men, strangers, to be alone in a restroom with a little girl,” Cruz told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”
“This is the height of political correctness,” Cruz continued. “And frankly, the concern is not of the Caitlyn Jenners of the world, but if the law is such that any man, if he feels like it, can go in a woman’s restroom and you can’t ask him to leave, that opens the door for predators.”
Jenner, a reality TV star and activist for transgender causes, posted a video to Facebook on Wednesday knocking Cruz for his support of a controversial North Carolina law that requires people to use the bathroom that corresponds with their “biological sex” stated on their birth certificate, rather than how they self-identify.
After using a women’s bathroom in the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York City — following a recent comment by Trump in which he said Jenner could use whichever bathroom she wanted at the tower — Jenner, a Republican, quipped: “By the way, Ted, nobody got molested.”
“I’ve spent a lot of years in law enforcement dealing with child predators that are sick individuals,” Cruz told Tapper. “That doesn’t mean that that is the people who are transgendered. But there are predators in the world, and just saying that you’re a man, you can go in the girls’ restroom if you feel like it, opens the door for criminals.”
Cruz didn’t spare Trump in his criticism.
“This is the height of political correctness for Donald Trump to say yes, let grown men in the bathroom with little girls,” he said.