Well, Donald Trump got even more confusingly ridiculous today. On NBC’s Today Show, he actually paid lip service to opposition to the anti-LGBT legislation recently passed by North Carolina. All his statements really amount to, by definition, are an attempt to display his form of so-called business sense in his campaign and try and effectively “buy” votes, but it still bears mentioning.
The North Carolina bill, known as HB2, effectively cements the GOP state government’s perspective on issues of LGBT discrimination. The most talked about provision of the bill is the part delineating that persons must use the public bathroom corresponding to their “born gender.” This piece of legislation enacts discrimination. While being questioned on NBC’s Today Show on Thursday morning, Trump had this to say about the North Carolina bill:
‘People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate. There has been so little trouble, and the problem with what happened in North Carolina is the strife and the economic punishment that they’re taking. So I would say that’s probably the best way.’
Now obviously that’s a little unclear. As mentioned, his comments are really about business, not actually helping people to be secure in their rights. You can watch the full clip below.
Trump is still the man that spouts hate speech left and right. He is still the one who actually, in practice, hates just about everybody. What today’s comments amount to is a showing of what these comments really mean, along with the rest of his off color commentary. No matter what the man says, as he has already noted, he’s still going to win votes. And that is what it’s really all about for Trump — him. John Iadarola of The Young Turks discussed this in detail, and you can watch his video below.
Trump uses these kinds of comments to place himself at opposition to US Senator Ted Cruz. Cruz took the bait and slammed Trump at a campaign rally later in the day for wanting to put “grown men, strangers, in the bathroom with little girls.” Of course, Cruz didn’t mention that whenever one uses a public bathroom, there’s going to be strangers in there, but anyway. You can watch Cruz’s comments below.
For the record, this is not the first time that Trump has made a sort-of concession to transgender people having rights like the rest of us. Back in 2012, Trump made a no comment style concession to a transgender beauty pageant contestant competing in his Miss Universe pageant, which he drew criticism for from the LGBT rights community for being too “confusing.”
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