Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump commented on the hotly discussed North Carolina law that insists that all people use the bathrooms of the sex they were assigned at birth, regardless of whether they have since transitioned. Surprisingly, Trump’s comments weren’t ones that had people cringing with embarrassment as Donald Trump thinks transgender people should be allowed to use the bathroom that corresponds with the gender with which they identify.
In an event hosted by the Today show today (April 21) in Manhattan, Trump piped in on the issue stating that transgender people ought to “use the bathroom they feel is appropriate.”
This surprisingly progressive stance comes at the hells of Curt Shinning, of ESPN, being fired for his viciously inappropriate comments on Twitter regarding transgender people. Curt Shilling’s Facebook page sported an image of a presumably cisgender man wearing a wig and women’s clothing with the caption “LET HIM IN! to the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow-minded, judgmental, unloving racist bigot who needs to die. [sic]” The implication that transgender women are nothing more than men in women’s clothing is incredibly offensive not to mention ignorant and for that, Shilling was rightfully fired from his job as an analyst at ESPN.
Trump’s comments are a breath of fresh air from the usually narrow-minded and ignorant things the Republican candidate is known for saying and pairs up an unexpected Republican super-team of Donald Trump and Caitlyn Jenner. Jenner, a transgender woman and a self-proclaimed Republican herself, is often criticized for her Republican devotion since the party is notorious for its seeming disregard for cisgender and transgender women, the LGBTQ community, and most racial minorities.
Could Trump’s recent comments be a clue that the super-conservative candidate is starting to loosen up and become a little more liberal, or is it all just another way for Trump to manipulate people into supporting him? We’ll just have to wait and see what happens next.