Ted Cruz calls Obama administration support for trans teens “lunacy”

In a radio interview on the conservative show Louder With Crowder, Ted Cruz took a brief aside from hate-mongering over Syrian refugees to get a dig in at the Obama administration for supporting a Virginia teen who is suing the state for the right to use the bathrooms corresponding to his gender identity.

Prompted by the host, Steven Crowder, who said of the Obama administration that “we’re talking about a generation of people who get offended if you use the genetically proper pronouns,” and therefore “getting to the point of calling something Islamic terrorism is a little further down the trail,” Cruz responded:

Look, these guys are so nutty that the federal government is going after school districts, trying to force them to let boys shower with little girls. Now listen: I’m the father of two daughters, and the idea that the federal government is coming in saying that boys, with all the god-given equipment of boys, can be in the shower room with junior high girls – this is lunacy! …You know, the funny thing is, my five-year-old knows there’s a difference between boys and girls. And yet modern Leftists can’t figure that out.

Here’s the video:

The irony here is that trans teens are acutely aware of the difference between being a boy and being a girl, and how harmful it is when people like Ted Cruz insist they’re wrong. These aren’t boys trying to sneak into girls bathrooms for the view — although it seems as though Cruz has certainly had that idea himself. In the Virginia case, which Cruz was responding to, the teen is fighting for the right to use the boy’s bathroom! Because they identify as a boy! Pearl-clutching over a hormonal rape-fest in the girl’s locker room has absolutely nothing to do with the issue at hand.

But it sure does turn the god- (and trans-) fearing Christians out to vote.

(h/t Buzzfeed)


Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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