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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  • GL

    The bottom line is Cruz and his type DO NOT CARE about gays and trans people. They do not understand the fact that some people are born with an homosexual sexual orientation and that some people are born with the brain of one gender and the body of a different gender. The fundamentalist christians are still living in the year 30 ad. They do not care and science and anything that challenges their religious belief system goes out the window.

  • Butch1

    I wish your brain would catch up with your elementary education on biology. You could stand some up-to-date education on dysphoria. Perhaps your own mind is not able to handle that. Pity. Glad you aren’t in a power position or an educator. That’s quite obvious at least in this field.

  • Butch1

    This person has an obsession with anything to do with LGBT issues and seems the need to make them “sexual” for some reason. If this is all he can see with our group, then there is something seriously wrong with him in a way that makes me wonder why he is so “interested” in our lives to the point that he cannot get us out of his mind. It is a sickness with him and we know that those who obsess about gay or trans or other issues and can only see “sex” and not the people, have a cesspool of a mind and are projecting their own sick thoughts on us. This person (I will not call him a man) needs professional help for hiding behind his religion to help continue to let his disease fester. He may very well be a latent homosexual and is just acting out by trying to eliminate the rest of us because of his own guilt. Who knows; he does like to hide behind his religion to do it.

    He hasn’t anything to offer as a presidential candidate, save slinging mud at this president who isn’t running for office. He will not say what he plans to do because they will be draconian measures and people will not vote for him if they even knew what his religious plans were for this country. He’s a “one-trick pony” and that is he’s a theist and wants to change this country into a theocracy. Once someone from the lazy media actually pins him down and gets him to actually answer some real questions, He will be out of the race.

  • Moderator3

    For future reference, never start a statement with “you people”. Starting with a capital letter would work.

  • bahamianhoosier

    you people must live a very interesting and sad life it seems. you’re a boy or girl. Sorry, no 3rd choice. Innie or outie is all you got

  • goulo

    Cruz ignorantly thinks only “modern Leftists” can be trans, or trans-aware. I guess any conservative who does not act like an asshole to trans people, or who is themselves trans, is No True Conservative.

  • nicho
  • emjayay

    Guess what. They don’t take showers anymore. Young guys in the rec center locker room do the towel dance when changing, and only pool users take a shower. Everyone else just gets dressed with no shower.

    In schools, no one takes a shower. Gym teachers are afraid of being seen in a locker room. The whole ritual that older people remember that introduced them to the fact that everyone has a body with various differences is gone.

    This has caused a generation of towel dancing young people with Victorian attitudes about their bodies. Except of course having random sex and routine sexting.

    Who cares what equipment the person peeing in the next stall has? What difference does it make? It’s the New Christian Puritanism.

  • Don Chandler

    Cruz’s nose looks like it’s going Pinocchio any second.

  • UncleBucky

    Cruz is stirring the mud creatures.

  • Indigo

    I suspect that Cruz is guilty of a profoundly inappropriate value system. He wants everyone to know that he has a p.e.n.i.s. but nobody may see it because . . . he’s just obsessed about Mr. Happy, is all.

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