As so-called bathroom bills are springing up all over the country, candidates for president are lending their support to the manufactured crisis of transgender people in bathrooms. Despite no transgender person ever having attacked someone in a bathroom, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) thinks they need to go home to use their own toilets at home, Think Progress first reported.
Thanks to a video captured by American Bridge in Indiana this weekend, Cruz shows a glimpse into his policies when it comes to bathrooms.
“Every one of us has the right to live our lives as we wish,” said Cruz to reporters, before contradicting himself. “If any one of us wants to dress up as a woman or man and wants to live as woman or man and believes that we might be something other than what we were born, God has made each of us with free will and the ability to choose to do that if man to wants to dress as a woman, and live as a woman, and have a bathroom at home.”
A reporter, promptly followed up, “So, then they shouldn’t use the bathroom out in public?”
That's apparently exactly what Cruz meant. He replied: “You don’t have a right to intrude upon the rights of others because whether or not a man believes he’s a woman, there are a lot of women who would like to be able to use a public restroom in peace without having a man there — and when there are children involved, you don’t have a right to impose your lifestyle on others.”
It begs the question, how the general public knows the gender of a person when flashing genitalia is not a qualification of choosing a restroom.
Tuesday, the Washington Post called out Cruz’s claim that President Obama’s policies “let teenage boys shower with teenage girls.” The paper essentially calls it an alarmingly simplistic and irrational assessment of Obama's policy which essentially outlines "students can use sex-segregated spaces (i.e., bathrooms, changing rooms, locker rooms with shower facilities) based on their gender identity."
As a "famous" attorney, Cruz should be familiar with Title IX, which has been the federal civil rights law that prevents discrimination on the basis of gender in schools that receive funding from the federal government.
Check out the full video via American Bridge below: