This is why Democrats have nothing to fear from a potential Ted Cruz presidential nomination.
Ted Cruz has managed to make Donald Trump look like the fair, reasonable guy on latest issue to inflame conservatives; transgender bathroom laws. This is not a winning strategy, just ask North Carolina. Even businesses don’t want to be seen hanging with bigoted haters.
So naturally this is what Ted Cruz (R-TX) made an issue today after Republican front-runner Donald Trump said during a town hall on NBC’s “Today” show that North Carolina was paying “a big price” for its bathroom birth gender law.
Ted Cruz will ride the narrow tent bigot train, thanks! He fired off some tweets to make sure everyone knew where he stood. Here’s one of them:
We shouldn't be facilitating putting little girls alone in a bathroom w/ grown men. That's just a bad, bad, bad idea https://t.co/fpj3vUjKuF
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 21, 2016
Cruz appeared on Glenn Beck’s radio show to sell his irrational bathroom fears to Beck’s audience, which is probably a super good fit for Cruz and this is exactly why he can’t win in a national election but right now, when he’s desperate to pander to Republican primary voters, Cruz will take any hate love he can get.
Then at a rally in Frederick, Maryland, where he is polling third, the Republican Senator attacked Donald Trump for “Making PC Great Again”.
“And he said he thought men should be able to go into the girls bathroom if they want,” Cruz trolled. “Now let me ask you, have we going stark raving nuts? This is the political correctness. This is basic common sense.”
Have we gone stark raving nuts, have we?
Cruz put the button on the fear-mongering with, “Here is basic common sense. Grown adult men, strangers, should not be alone in a bathrooms with little girls.”
Yes, it’s better to leave little girls with non-strangers in a bathroom, since non-strangers commit an estimated 60% of sexual abuse of children:
An estimated 60% of perpetrators of sexual abuse are known to the child but are not family members, e.g., family friends, babysitters, child care providers, neighbors.
About 30% of perpetrators of child sexual abuse are family members.
Only about 10% of perpetrators of child sexual abuse are strangers to the child.
What next, will Cruz outlaw families and friends? If he won’t then his concern over the bathroom issue seems disingenuous.
A sidebar to note that Republicans have been very callous on the issue of rape and sexual abuse, from refusing to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act for a good year to creating an alternative that was dubbed the “pro-violence against women act”, to too often trying to cut access to a safe abortion even in the case of rape and incest. So the “concern” for little girls seems less than authentic.
If Republicans cared about little girls so much, wouldn’t they also care about the epidemic of rape against teenage girls and girls in colleges?
Proving that the Cruz people want everyone to know that the Republican is a bigot, Jason Miller, Senior Communications Advisor for Cruz for President, proudly tweeted an article titled “Ted Cruz slams Donald Trump’s ‘PC’ stance on transgender public bathrooms”:
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) April 21, 2016
The problem with being a Republican in a national primary is a person has to be the biggest hater and bigot to win, but in a general election the country doesn’t want the biggest hater and bigot in the White House. So this is a losing strategy. It’s such a loser that one need only look at North Carolina to see that it is not flying there, they are paying a big price for their “religious freedom”/ aka Bigoted Bathroom law.
The same businesses that don’t want to hang in North Carolina lest they be seen as bigots will not want to get behind a presidential candidate who is pushing bigotry. In just a few words, Ted Cruz flushed his White House dreams down the toilet of bigotry.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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