If Caitlyn Jenner walked into Trump Tower and asked to use the bathroom, Donald Trump says he would be fine with her using any one she chooses.
During a town hall hosted by NBC’s “Today” on Thursday, the Republican frontrunner weighed in on North Carolina’s new law requiring transgender people like Jenner to use restrooms that match their sex at birth rather than their gender identity — saying the legislation was unnecessary.
“There have been very few complaints the way it is. People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate — there has been so little trouble,” Trump said. “North Carolina, what they’re going through with all the business that is leaving and strife — and it’s on both sides — you leave it the way it is.”
Since North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed the controversial bill into law last month, the state has lost millions of dollars in revenue in a backlash led by businesses, including PayPal Holdings and Deutsche Bank, and major touring acts like Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam.
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Trump said he’s also against the related push to create new, non-gender-specific restrooms, though he may not have entirely understood the concept.
“There is a big move to create new bathrooms, you know … for transgender,” he said. “I think that would be discriminatory in a certain way. It would be unbelievably expensive for businesses and for the country. Leave it the way it is.”
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz also weighed in on the transgender issue on Thursday, saying he supported the North Carolina law.
“We have gone off the deep end. This is absurd,” Cruz told Glenn Beck. “The idea that grown men would be allowed to be alone in a bathroom with little girls — you don’t need to be a behavioral psychologist to realize bad things can happen.”
Caitlyn Jenner and Donald Trump. (Photos: Getty Images)
Cruz continued: “ESPN fired Curt Schilling for making the rather obvious point that we shouldn’t allow grown adult men strangers alone in a bathroom with little girls.”
The senator then slammed Trump’s take on Twitter.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz)
On “Today,” the billionaire real estate mogul was also asked about the U.S. Treasury’s decision to replace President Andrew Jackson with black abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman on the face of the $20 bill.
“Well, Andrew Jackson had a great history, and I think it’s really rough when you take somebody off the bill,” Trump said. “Andrew Jackson had a history of tremendous success for the country.”
The former “Celebrity Apprentice” star said that if it were up to him, he’d leave Jackson on the $20 bill and create new currency to honor Tubman — something Ben Carson, who has endorsed Trump’s presidential bid, first suggested.
“I think Harriet Tubman is fantastic,” Trump said. “I would love to leave Andrew Jackson and see if we could come up with maybe another denomination. Maybe we do the $2 bill or we do another bill. I don’t like seeing it. Yes, I think it is pure political correctness.”