Even some of Donald Trump's most ardent supporters had their jaws hit the floor Thursday morning after the Republican presidential front-runner's appearance on NBC's Today program.
Sitting at Rockefeller Center with his family at his side, Trump dove head-first into one of the most contentious issues in America right now: transgender and genderless bathrooms. When people go to the bathroom, he said, "they should use the bathroom they feel is appropriate."
"North Carolina did something—it was very strong—and they're paying a big price," Trump said. "And there's a lot of problems. And I heard ... One of the best answers I heard was from a commentator yesterday saying, leave it the way it is, right now."
The GOP front-runner said North Carolina was experiencing an exodus of business and "strife" from both sides of the issue. He agreed the state would have been better served leaving the issue alone.
"You leave it the way it is," he said. "There have been very few complaints the way it is."
That's not likely going to sit well with too many rank-and-file Republicans, regardless of their religious faith or worldview. It certainly didn't sit well with his leading rival for the Republican presidential nomination, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who issued a blistering rebuke:
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. Unsurprisingly, Donald Trump is all too eager to join them. This simply confirms that the same man who favored partial-birth abortion and still supports public funding for Planned Parenthood will sacrifice principle on the altar of political correctness. Trump will not defeat political correctness. Today he bowed to it.
You can be sure this one's going to go round-and-round for the next several days on the campaign trail.
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