Cruz: Obama’s transgender directive is ‘politically correct lunacy’
Sen. Ted Cruz Saturday slammed President Obama’s new directive to public schools stating that transgender students should be able to use the bathroom of their choice.
“Yesterday Barack Obama issued a decree,” Cruz said Saturday at the Texas GOP convention in Dallas. “Now let me stop there. How many of ya’ll have read your Constitution? Tell me where in the Constitution does it say the president can issue decrees?”
“There is no decree clause to the Constitution,” he added.
Echoing a common refrain by critics of the transgender policy, Cruz warned of the perils of public schools allowing grown men and boys into girls bathrooms.
“We have entered the world of politically correct lunacy,” Cruz said.
“There is nothing in the Constitution that gives the president the power to be the ‘bathroom police’ for this country,” Cruz said, explaining that the president’s latest guidance is an “embodiment of just how off-track we’ve gotten.”
The country needs a “strong conservative president,” said Cruz, who ended his own campaign for the Republican nomination earlier in the month. The federal government, Cruz said, “needs to leave us the heck alone.”
“Secure the borders, deliver the mail and keep us safe — that’s it,” Cruz said.
Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump Friday took a decidedly milder tone on the matter, refusing to directly opine on it while saying the issue should be left to the states, not the federal government.