Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas released an ad on April 22 attacking rival Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, playing on the fears of transgender men posing a threat to little girls in bathrooms (video below).
According to Joe My God, the ad begins by supporting Curt Schilling, who was fired from his ESPN on-air position on April 21 for a social media posting.
Schilling shared an image on Facebook of an overweight man dressed as a woman 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," The New York Times reports.
Schilling reportedly wrote with the posting: "A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic."
Cruz's ad blames the firing of Schilling on the "PC police," then states, "Guess who has joined the ranks of the PC police?"
The ad switches to Trump at an April 21 town hall on the TODAY Show stating: "People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate."
Trump's words are edited in with an image of a man and a girl sitting next to each other in women's bathroom stalls.
The ad closes by saying, "Donald Trump can't be trusted with common sense, why would we trust him in the White House?"
On April 21, Cruz spokesperson Ron Nehring was asked by CNN host Jake Tapper to cite an example of a transgender person harming a girl in a bathroom, notes Media Matters for America.
"Has this ever happened, that you know of, in California, or anywhere?" Tapper asked. A transgender individual in a girls room harassing a girl? Has it ever happened?"
Nehring replied without giving an example:
This is an issue which is being addressed at the state level. Different laws are being phrased in different ways. Part of the issue in my state where this has been debated in California, is that can anybody simply walk into any restroom of any gender at all, even in the girl's locker room or the girls bathroom at school and the like.
That in itself is the issue here, and that’s what's not appropriate. What Donald Trump chooses to do with Trump Tower, which is a private building and a private facility is up to him. The question is whether at public schools, that grown men should be in the girl's locker room. That's inappropriate.