Nothing should surprise us any more when a reality-TV show host is about to win the Republican nomination for President. But try this sentence on as another sign that we have slipped into alternative universe: Ted Cruz called Donald Trump too politically correct to be President after Trump said we should let our transgender neighbors use the bathroom they feel is appropriate:
Trump began Thursday by criticizing the law that targets transgender people, saying legislators in the Tar Heel State should have left well enough alone.
“There had been very few complaints the way it is,” Trump said on NBC’s Today show. “People go — they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate. There has been so little trouble.”
…On the Today show, Trump said he didn’t know whether he has transgender employees — “I probably do” — and said yes when asked whether he would allow Caitlyn Jenner to use any bathroom she wanted in Trump Tower.
“That is correct,” Trump said [David M. Jackson, “Trump, Cruz Spar over North Carolina Transgender ‘Bathroom Bill’,” USAToday, 2016.04.21].
Here’s the ad the Cruz campaign turned out almost immediately to prove he can be a better bully than Trump:
If Trump is part of the “PC Police,” I’m Mike Huether’s chief of staff. Trump himself in the same Today interview said replacing Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill is an act of “pure political correctness.”
Lest we think the fascist Trump is turning over a new leaf, Media Matters notes that Trump spent much of his Today appearance compounding his lies about his positions on abortion, taxes, and the 2003 invasion of Iraq. While Trump’s comment on the transgender issue suggests more common sense and decency than that expressed by a majority of South Dakota legislators did with their vile words this Session, it is more likely that Trump is merely continuing to treat words as playthings and pretending toward the mushy middle that he fantasizes will allow him to compete in the general election.