North Carolina: Ted Cruz tapping into ‘bathroom panic’ vote?

Ted Cruz has expressed support for North Carolina's anti-trans legislation. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Ted Cruz has expressed support for North Carolina’s anti-trans legislation. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Jillian Page
LGBT Perspectives

“The state has the power to pass their own laws to make a determination that men should not be going to the bathroom with little girls. I’m not terribly excited about men being able to go alone into a bathroom with my daughters. And I think that is a perfectly reasonable determination for the people to make.” — Ted Cruz, Republican leadership candidate

Does it surprise anyone that thoughts like that would tumble out of Ted Cruz’s mouth? Probably not. Let’s face it: the man is a nitwit, or at least, he seems to come across as one to many people.

Still, his handlers and advisers are not so dumb, and those words may be part of a calculated campaign to tap into the anti-trans “bathroom panic” that is sweeping parts of the United States.

Cruz’s statement — made during a CNBC broadcast — may have spread a lot of misinformation: it seems to have misgendered trans women who haven’t changed their official gender designation from “male” to “female” by referring to them as “men,” and it seems to have implied that they pose a threat to little girls in public washrooms.

According to TPM citing the Associated Press, “Cruz said laws requiring people to use the restroom that corresponds to the sex on their birth certificate makes sense because “men should not be going to the bathroom with little girls.” ”

It’s the latter piece of right-wing anti-LGBT propaganda that is frightening so many uninformed voters these days: the image of a big, hairy guy in a cheap wig, grandma’s old dress and flip-flops going into public washrooms to leer at little girls.

But instead of trying to calm those voters by explaining that there is nothing to fear from transgender women whether they are post-op or pre-op or non-op — and that there is no evidence that criminals are posing as trans women to commit such crimes — Cruz has essentially stoked those fears, thus making him look like some sort of protector of little girls in public washrooms.

Yes, it certainly looks like Cruz is willing to sacrifice the transgender minority to win votes . . .

It’s quite possible that Cruz will win the Republican leadership in a brokered convention. And in a country that voted in George W. as president, it’s quite possible Cruz will be moving into the White House after the next election.

So those comments made to CNBC — as well as to the nation and the world — could very well be an ominous sign of things to come in the United States. It will be much harder for trans people to win equality in places like North Carolina if the president is spreading anti-trans propaganda, too.

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4 thoughts on “North Carolina: Ted Cruz tapping into ‘bathroom panic’ vote?”

  1. All this noise is the creation mainly of Republican Bigots that are very Mendacious in their workings.
    They could also be called accurately, Hitlerites, because they are using a WW2 Hitler Propaganda tactic of: ‘Tell a really big LIE, repeat it very often enough, [The Bathroom Issue] and in time, You will believe it yourself. Also note because of the North Carolina effort, the Republicans have blatantly shown their Arrogance and Bigotry to the World. Sad thing is the World knows now of them, yet they cannot see their actions, and what is going to result from them. Intelligence is not a major requisite to be a Republican.

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  2. Here’s the tricky thing with this whole situation, men before could easily say they are trans and go use the woman’s bathroom on the same topic I’ve never heard of anyone committing crimes with kids or women who were trans and using the bathroom. I remember hearing last year it was the year of trans people I also heard that the following g years shit was going to hit the fan and so it has. I hope things die down. And what’s even more interesting is that the people who are transphobic have most likely used the bathroom with trans men and women and didn’t even know it.

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  3. Years ago now and at work, we were called into a special meeting where we were told that, to speak plainly here, a man who worked for the company was coming back to work as a woman after gender reassignment surgery and that if anyone openly displayed any prejudice toward this employee, count on being summarily dismissed for being in violation of the company’s policy on diversity.

    The women in this meeting went berserk; there was no damned way they were gonna share their restroom with a man… even though, physically and mentally, this man was no longer a man. It was a very sad thing to witness, let me tell you.

    Our briefing included the exact criteria this new woman had to undergo in order to become a woman, including doing everything a woman would do… like go the ladies’ room instead of the men’s room as part of their psychological transformation.

    It all made sense to me and while I didn’t pretend to understand why a man would want to be a woman, that’s what went down and I really had no problems with any of it – to each his own. It didn’t make sense to engage in any prejudice about this and put my career at risk… but the women in the room obviously didn’t feel that way and refused to sign the documents required… and were terminated on the spot.

    Politicians are not above or beyond pushing people’s buttons to garner votes, using homophobia as a tool to scare people into voting for them and this bathroom panic thing is no different… and is a shameful, deceitful way to behave… but this is politics where playing dirty is now the norm.

    Apparently, no one in this country has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness if your idea of happiness doesn’t exactly agree with the majority, huh? Despite a lot of changes in our evolution, there are still too many who believe that men can’t be women in any way, shape, form or fashion and just more proof that we, as a people, are not as grown up, intelligent, or as mature as we believe ourselves to be… and that definitely includes politicians.

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