Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz chided rival Donald Trump over laws surrounding transgender use of public restrooms. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz chided rival Donald Trump over laws surrounding transgender use of public restrooms at a campaign event in Monroeville, Pennsylvania on Saturday (April 23). "Two days ago Donald Trump went on the 'Today' show and he agreed with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama that grown men should be allowed to use the little girls' restroom, now that's just nuts," Cruz said. "This is not a matter of Republican or Democratic or conservative or liberal, it's a matter of basic common sense. That is just political correctness on steroids." North Carolina last month became the first state to require transgender people to use public restrooms that match the sex assigned to them at birth rather than their gender identity. Big businesses, rock stars and other artists have boycotted the state unless it repeals the law, which transgender advocates say misguidedly whips up concern over public safety and infringes on the rights of transgender people. Backers of the legislation in the Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature say it is meant to protect privacy rights and keep children and women safe from sexual predators. Trump tweaked his stance on the law saying the law should be left in place after earlier telling NBC's Today show, "The problem with what happened in North Carolina is the strife and the economic -- I mean the economic punishment that they're taking."