Donald Trump backtracks on transgender bathroom issue

by Bradford Richardson
April 23, 2016

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Thursday said which bathrooms transgender people use is a matter best decided by the states, less than 24 hours after indicating that transgender people should be free to use the facilities of their choice.

“I love North Carolina, and they have a law, and it’s a law that, you know, unfortunately is causing them some problems,” Mr. Trump said on Fox News’ “Hannity.” “And I fully understand that they want to go through, but they are losing business, and they are having people come out against.”

“I think that local communities and states should make the decision,” he said. “And I feel very strongly about that. The federal government should not be involved.”

Mr. Trump earlier in the day came out against a North Carolina law that prohibits people from using the public facilities of the opposite sex, saying the governor should have left the law “the way it is.”

He was criticized by primary rival Sen. Ted Cruz for coming out against the law, which was enacted in response to a Charlotte city ordinance forcing businesses to regulate bathrooms on the basis of gender identity.

52 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Chris Baker says:

    I believe he realizes that his error. He is not lord and god like obama thinks he is and can rule with the phone and pen. Trump thinks it should be the will of the people, not the minority to make the laws of this great nation.

  • Harvey Thomas Creech says:

    The Donald is having to backtrack a lot these days. But he’s still winning primaries. One of the biggest mysteries of this decade in U.S. politics

  • Sherry says:

    Why bathrooms are a big issue is beyond me, go back to the good oh days and make it a single one for all, I don’t know of anyone who has a urinal at home. If you gotta go no complaints, unless you just want to see someone else going. Common sense and we all have our privacy.

    1. Harvey Thomas Creech says:

      How far do you go back with the “good ol’ days when there was a single public bathroom for all? I’m 68 and I’ve never heard of that. What part of the country were you raised? Are you from the Wild West or Alaska? It certainly wasn’t that way down South where I’m from. And what do you know about urinals – Sherry?

  • CharlieSeattle says:

    Sick Sodomites belong in a mental institution, not a girls bathroom!!

  • snowyriver says:

    How many know that to be eligible for the office of president, you must be a natural born citizen of the United States?? It states so in our Constitution.
    How many know that Ted (Rafael) Cruz was born a natural born citizen of Canada?? How can anyone be a natural born citizen of two nations at the same time?

  • paulyz says:

    I agree with Trump that these issues shouldn’t involve the Federal Government, but left to the States. The Federal Government only should be involved in specific Constitutional policies such as National Defense, Trade, Treasury, etc., that States wouldn’t be able to .

  • Resbo says:

    The perverted, Sodomite LGBT’s are imposing their agenda on America! When are we going to wake up and tell these PC people (Politically CONFUSED) to go to HELL? WE MUST return to COMMON SENSE!

    1. Harvey Thomas Creech says:

      Telling these LGBT people to “go to hell” is not working because the gay rights agenda is so entrenched in the business world, the media, academia, our government from local all the way to Chairman Barack, even the military, that it’s very hard to dislodge their views and agenda from society. Plus, they’re damaging our 1st amendment rights of religious freedom and speech. We social conservatives and conserv. Christians and Jews can’t even complain or we’ll get fired, fined, counselled, made to go to ‘diversity training’ classes, called names and even threatened on social media, etc. It’s a dangerous time to be a conservative and a Christian, orthodox Jew, etc. And the LGBT extremists and their straight friends/allies think they’re right and we’re wrong and we should give in and celebrate their lifestyle, gay marriage, gay curriculum in public schools, etc. It’s sad and dangerous in the sense of being fascists, communist, and “Big Brother”. Maybe our kids should have to read “1984” in school, unless of course it’s on the banned books list

      1. Resbo says:

        I FULLY agree with your reply! What I meant by telling them to “go to Hell” is that we as the MAJORITY should be rejecting, opposing and fighting ALL of these liberal government impossed sodomistic, perverted ideas that they are attempting to force us (society), to accept.

        The DEMOCRATIC Party has transformed itself into the DEMON-crat Party by direspecting life and promoting abortion as a “RIGHT” They also think it’s acceptable to dismember those aborted children and sell their parts for profit. The PC Party (Politically Confused) is also unable to distinguish a persons gender, therefore we shouldn’t refer to children as “boys” OR “girls” because “they” might not have decided the gender they prefer and thus we would be offending them! This has led to the disrespected BATHROOM issue!

        Because of these issues the DEMON-crats decided to REDEFINE marriage in order to further CONFUSE society. Legal MARRIAGE has always been (and will ALWAYS be) a union between a MAN and a WOMAN for the purpose of procreation (something the LGBT crowd is unable to do).

        If we have had ENOUGH of this Politically Confused agenda DO NOT VOTE FOR ANY DEMOCRATS!!!

    2. Chris Baker says:

      I thought the majority ruled in this country. What has happened to our moral majority? Has Hollywood brainwashed American morality and the politicians support Hollywood’s takeover.

      1. Resbo says:

        Yes the majority is SUPPOSED to rule, except when the DEMON-crats are in office. They KNOW what is best for us so they simply impose their immoral agenda on us. Same sex “marriage” (voted down in California) and Transgender bathroom use was NEVER approved by the electorate, so an Attorney General or Governor simply signs a Bill approving their agenda. That appears to be our new Democratic process!

        1. Chris Baker says:

          Apparently so. Seems the Democrat VA governor just gave all rights to over 100,000 ex-cons. He said it was a moral issue, not a political one. Yeh right. He learned what to do from his hero Obama.

  • louann says:

    We all have to search for the one that’s best to run this country ! The left is done nothing for the American people.they have destroyed our nation.the right has done nothing to stop Obama.there corrupt who is Best of what we have to choose from? Trump does make comments he should think more about. Trump has asked clergy to help him in his decisions.He does know our country is headed the wrong way. He is a man that will listen. His focus is on us. He does not except any money from special interest groups. He will not be owned by anyone. He has a backbone like no other. Just because he has money he’s judged. Do people really know him? I dont think so. The corrupt media tells people what to believe.people bash him/ slander his name/ make fun of him/ say he a dummy/ what’s next murder?/who is really the bad one? Cruz is involved in the one world order agenda.He Does not tell the truth. Hes bushes man. Bush is for a one world government. Biblically this is not a good thing. He does know the constitution. So did Obama. He was caught on tape speaking the opposite of what he tells his followers.its really scary. Please search.this is not a time to see who’s smarter or to pick on this or that. America is in more danger then people think. Watch video on black pastors speech on trump.This is the truth.

    1. Harvey Thomas Creech says:

      What’s this about Ted Cruz and the one world order and Bush(I guess you George W.)? That’s the 2nd time today I’ve read that. Must be a Trump diehard supporter spreading that over the Internet. If anyone is a part of the one world order movement, it’s Barry Soetoro(aka Barack ‘Insane’ Obama). Why did he receive a Nobel Peace Prize his 1st year in office when he hadn’t done anything to deserve it? Think about it.

      1. louann says:

        Thanks for your reply

  • 7papa7 says:

    Once again we see the trumpster saying what he believes then saying what is politically advantageous. If he should, God forbid, when the election we will need to change the name of the WH to the waffle house.

    1. Harvey Thomas Creech says:

      That’s a good one about the waffle house. And you can add a side of ham(which describes DT) with that waffle.

      1. 7papa7 says:

        Right you are.

        1. Harvey Thomas Creech says:

          Glad you agreed and that you (apparently)have a sense of humor unlike Trump supporters whose idea of comedy comes from the Don Rickles School of Insult Humor.

          1. 7papa7 says:

            Rickles had far more class.

          2. Harvey Thomas Creech says:

            I agree. I think that you and I have more class than Trump and his rabid supporters.

          3. 7papa7 says:

            No arguments here

  • Edgardo L. Perez-De Leon says:

    Can you imaging Trump commencing a nuclear war with Russia and China and then backtracking after half of the world has been destroyed? One need to think before acting and this is a serious problem with Trump. With Hillary the problem is that as a warmonger she never will backtrack, not even after the whole world is destroyed.

    1. Blogengeezer says:

      Imagine… Imagine… Imagine… The Liberal faction is surely the most ‘Imagining’ sector of society for sure. Could be the Liberal …Arts?

      Only during historically rare times of great prosperity, does the Liberal mentality flourish. When the rest of the time of ‘Survival of the Fittest’ returns, and it is always returning, the historically unsustainable Liberal DNA reverts to recessive.

      1. Edgardo L. Perez-De Leon says:

        What the hell has to do the historical trend, in your view, of the liberal faction with the backtracking tendency of Trump and lack of of Hillary with the nuclear destruction of half the world or the full world, respectively. You need to think, too

        1. Blogengeezer says:

          Imagine… Imagine… Present for your honor, ‘evidence’ of vivid Imagination. Defense rests…

          1. Edgardo L. Perez-De Leon says:

            The jury is out there to judge Trump and Hillary; and you as codefendant.

  • Glenda Jordan says:

    Of course he backtracked…it’s become his signature. Wait and see how much worse his backtracking gets if he becomes the nominee.

    1. This all relates to a deteriorating frontal lobe that controls impulses. This is a common occurrence in those aging and with onsetting dementia (which is what Trump’s father died from and is genetic).

      1. CharlieSeattle says:

        Trump will have a very smooth, imperceptible transition into Senility.

        1. You must know more about the advances in stem cell research than I.

  • bobnstuff says:

    Mr. Trump is like a flag, he goes how the wind blows.

    1. It’s worse than that, I’m afraid. I think it more likely that dementia is deteriorating his frontal lobe and he has lost impulse control and just says whatever pops in his mind.

      Have you noticed how frequently he can’t recall common words?

      Lines instead of borders
      Sessions instead of tours in Iraq.

      There’s a ton of these. And the repetitiveness of phrases is extreme.

      1. Blogengeezer says:

        In reality, the choices for chief sitting potus today are the worst ever seen, especially when the past ….following the USA’s origins, it’s development over the first hundred years is considered. The truly qualified would never stand a chance, nor even be intersted in today’s ‘seething masses, mob rule’.

        The only reason for a Trump, is his choice of academics and business professionals to be appointees to cabinet positions. Trump is no more than the loud pitchman, presenting options, raising awareness.

        The Federal Govt with it’s now endless saturation of bureaucrats, does Not require more Power ‘Over’ the people. It has far more Power today than Ever envisioned by the founders.

        Beware Any mere human Promising to ‘Force’ Change. Force Rule Over the proletariat. History has proven endlessly, that fallacy..

        1. I am amazed with the Dem choices. And it seems they do not have a seccessor generation being developed. Two tired, lefties.

          I am equally amazed with Trump being the front runner, which I believe was entirely fostered by the press pushing for ratings rather than asking tough questions and doing some vetting–just like they did with Obama.

          1. Blogengeezer says:

            So absolutely true. The result of years of planned Federal govt programming of ‘students’, using political agenda driven teachers/professors that have only ‘taught’, never really themselves, accomplished positive results in building, defending a working Freedom based societal infrastructure, based on historically proven memes..

            Case in point. family members, young, attending university first year. When asked about the prospect of this being their first ever time to Vote? one response was a blank stare. Other responded, “This is so confusing ….and loud”, “Why can’t Obama just stay as long as he desires”?

            Both were little children when Obama came to power. They have known no other ‘Glorious Leader’. Their classrooms were adorned in Obama posters. They sang songs written in praise of Obama. The results are predictable.

            This election ‘could’ bring about a reversal… though highly unlikely. The mortal damage to individual Freedom has been inflicted.

          2. PC Bob says:

            Those who can’t do, teach! Our children have been totally brainwashed! This was the Marxist goal, you know. Give them two generations,… Well, they got it, alright!

          3. Chris Baker says:

            Bob, In defense of teachers. Teachers are not in it for the money, fame, or for any other selfish reason. If they were then they would be politicians, lawyers, doctors, dentists. Most teachers love to teach. Politicians make it impossible for teachers to do their jobs by placing so many restrictions on what they can teach, how they can teach, and when they can teach.
            Most lifelong classroom teachers retire with less than a $20,000.00 retirement that the must live on. No wonder so many have to substitute until they get so feeble they cannot get to work. No Bob, teachers don’t brainwash, they teach what our dictator politicians make them teach, so place the responsibility where it is justly due.

          4. Chris Baker says:

            Oh I forgot, wall street is a huge part of the problem especially with the greed of the nation.

          5. CharlieSeattle says:


            –just like they did NOT do with Obama.

      2. PC Bob says:

        Most of the time he is just incomprehensive! The rest of the time he just doesn’t make any sense! I think you may be on to something here.

      3. Harvey Thomas Creech says:

        I agree with the repetitiveness. And to think Mario got called out by Gov. Christie in Maine for repeating one phrase several times. Trump repeats to the nth degree. And his vocabulary is geared to 8th graders and people who don’t know much about American history, government, and the way our system works(or should work)

      4. Chris Baker says:

        He is not a slick politician. He says what he thinks, not what is politically advantageous at the time of the comment. He has a lot to learn about political correctness if he wants to become a slick politician. I hope he stays the way he is because it seems he is speaking for the moral working majority in this nation, not bending to the will of the very immoral minority.

        1. There is little thinking going on. He is just spouting off about complex problems with soundbites to be responded to by simpleton’s. His contrary statements on myriad issues indicate he’s not thought through his positions. Voters don’t even know the positions he takes on most issues, as he’s been all over the place on everything. You will be entertained, however.

      5. 7papa7 says:

        Whose dementia is worse the hildabeast or the trumpster.

    2. Myrtle Linder says:

      We need a president who can think for himself and think on his feet, when needed!!!

      1. Blogengeezer says:

        Do you really believe that the Citizens of the USA need an all Powerful, Federally empowered totalitarian ‘Decider’?

        Personally I would prefer individual
        Freedom…to move to, or away from.., any society that ‘I personally’ chose, but that’s just the way I was raised.

        1. Myrtle Linder says:

          Your reading of my mind is 100% wrong. Don’t bother to try again, to get it right!!

          By the way, you really do not know it all, either, get that idea out of your head!!!

      2. PC Bob says:

        You mean, as opposed to what we have now, right?

        1. Myrtle Linder says:

          Indeed!!! Nothing like what we have now!! We need someone that loves the USA and will do GOOD FOR HER NOT TAKE FROM HER!!!

      3. bobnstuff says:

        We need a president that thinks before he speaks.

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