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Trump revisits North Carolina bathroom law for transgenders: Let the states decide
Hotair ^ | 04/22/2016 | AllahPundit

Posted on 04/22/2016 1:10:18 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Since the debate over what he said yesterday is still raging, it’s only fair that you get to hear his latest comment about it. Skip to 8:35 of the clip below from last night’s interview on Trump TV.

His response to Hannity’s question about North Carolina is a dodge but it’s a dodge with a conservative pedigree. If you’re a Republican who’s been put on the spot about a hot-button social issue, you can’t go wrong saying, “Leave it to the states.” Even righties who disagree with you on the merits will tip their caps at your nod to federalism. In fact, this is Cruz’s go-to answer whenever he’s asked about gay marriage or marijuana. He’s against legalizing either, he’ll tell you, which pleases social conservatives, but he’s also not looking to use federal power to impose his personal preference, which pleases everyone else. Trump’s answer is trying to create the same dynamic — with a twist. Instead of reassuring non-Republicans that he’ll defer to their local preference, as Cruz does when he gives the federalism answer, Trump’s reassuring his own party. He’s telling the same evangelicals who helped him crush Cruz across the south that he’ll pose no obstacle to them on this issue as president, which is an … interesting position for a soon-to-be party nominee to find himself in with respect to his own base.

There’s one other key difference: Cruz opts for a federalist answer on gay marriage and marijuana because each of those issues has been pushed by social conservatives at the federal level. Marijuana is regulated by the federal government, of course, and SSM opponents have spent years calling for a Federal Marriage Amendment. Cruz, in choosing federalism, is answering a bona fide question of whether the states or the feds should govern on those topics. There’s no similar state/federal dispute over North Carolina’s law. No one’s calling for a Federal Transgender Bathroom Amendment. Trump seizes on federalism, in other words, not because there’s a legitimate question of which government should address this subject but because he understands that federalism is a crowd-pleasing way to dodge when you don’t know what to say. It’s another small example of him not knowing how to speak conservative fluently.

I wouldn’t call it a flip-flop, though, as some Trump critics have on social media. This is a flip-flop:

Trump went from fiscal hawk to dove in 3 weeks. Obama would agree with much of this: https://t.co/SXKiPa4lRo pic.twitter.com/s0RMW3VT2Z

— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) April 22, 2016

That’s from an interview with Fortune Magazine, which pressed him on why he could possibly believe he might pay off America’s $19 trillion debt in 10 years. “I didn’t say 10 years,” Trump replied. Er, three weeks ago he said he could pay it off in eight years, and that he’d do it mainly by renegotiating America’s trade deals, which wouldn’t remotely approach $2-3 trillion per year in surpluses. How you reconcile that with what he said to Fortune, I have no idea. Maybe that’s what Paul Manafort meant by Trump playing a “part” earlier and shifting to a more sober approach now. The old Trump would lie, lie, lie right to your face about his superheroic powers of debt-slashing. The new, serious Trump will be more realistic, “realistic” in this case meaning somehow spending more on the military and on infrastructure and not laying a finger on entitlement spending (as Trump has promised before) and yet somehow still reducing the debt in the process. Old Trump, in other words, was more like Superman whereas new Trump is more like Batman — wildly implausible, if not quite outright impossible.

Here’s the Hannity interview, followed by Cruz trying to capitalize on Manafort’s comments to the RNC.

CLICK ON THE ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO



TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: North Carolina
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1 posted on 04/22/2016 1:10:18 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I called it yesterday!! He would backtrack on that statement!!


2 posted on 04/22/2016 1:12:39 PM PDT by Morgana ( Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: SeekAndFind

So is he a liar and waffler now like everyone else he called that?


3 posted on 04/22/2016 1:13:48 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Morgana

No offense, but uh....he’s resembling a certain breakfast food on this....


4 posted on 04/22/2016 1:14:50 PM PDT by TheRobb7 ("Patriots don't negotiate the terms of their enslavement"--JimRob)
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To: TheRobb7

“he’s resembling a certain breakfast food on this”

A Pop Tart?


5 posted on 04/22/2016 1:16:20 PM PDT by Morgana ( Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Saves a lot of time and trouble if you say the correct thing the first time.


6 posted on 04/22/2016 1:16:50 PM PDT by lurk
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To: SeekAndFind

With Trump its always a matter of waiting for the other flip-flop to drop.


7 posted on 04/22/2016 1:17:16 PM PDT by Idaho_Cowboy (I Samuel 8:19-20 The New Spirit of America?)
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t understand why he didn’t get this right in the first place. Was it because he was in NYC? This is common sense. And it shouldn’t just be left up to the states. It should be an American ideal (as pathetic as it is!) that bathrooms are for the sex of the person at birth. I just don’t get this crap.


8 posted on 04/22/2016 1:17:16 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard the Third: With my own people alone I should like to drive away the Turks (Muslims))
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To: TheRobb7

“he’s resembling a certain breakfast food on this”

Leggo my Eggo?


9 posted on 04/22/2016 1:17:55 PM PDT by Morgana ( Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Resolute Conservative

This is what conman and snake oil salesman offers. Trumpkins will help in the projected Hillary landslide and put this nation permanently into the toilet.


10 posted on 04/22/2016 1:18:15 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Morgana

I’m sick of all thios homosexual, cross dressing crap.

All of this could have been stopped when they wanted civil unions and our side saying no, but even on here some were for them, ten for marriage telling us it was one of our business and now look where we are.
Perverts and sicko’s wanting to use girls locker rooms at a pool before they got for a swim.
This is not just about bathrooms, but about men wanting to use female changing rooms, locker rooms, bathrooms etc


11 posted on 04/22/2016 1:18:54 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: TheRobb7

“he’s resembling a certain breakfast food on this”

BARNEY! STOP EATING MY PEBBLES!!! ?????


12 posted on 04/22/2016 1:19:07 PM PDT by Morgana ( Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: miss marmelstein
I don’t understand why he didn’t get this right in the first place. Was it because he was in NYC? This is common sense. And it shouldn’t just be left up to the states. It should be an American ideal (as pathetic as it is!) that bathrooms are for the sex of the person at birth. I just don’t get this crap.

Successful businessman can't be bothered by things like the ten amendment. They are too busy buying off democrats with campaign donation.
13 posted on 04/22/2016 1:19:11 PM PDT by Idaho_Cowboy (I Samuel 8:19-20 The New Spirit of America?)
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To: Morgana

Yep. You got it. :)


14 posted on 04/22/2016 1:19:38 PM PDT by TheRobb7 ("Patriots don't negotiate the terms of their enslavement"--JimRob)
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To: Steelfish

Waaahhhhh, Cruz cultists can’t stand that their planned hit is a big nothingburger.

And Cruz himself is in the middle of a titanic meltdown.

And I’m just grinning like the Joker.


15 posted on 04/22/2016 1:19:43 PM PDT by Luircin (Breathe, Ted... Breathe.)
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To: SeekAndFind

That IS the correct answer

I do the same thing all the time... if I am asked a question, I give an answer which may or may not be my final answer, pending a review of the facts.

I do not know everything in my head, and I’ll answer as best as I can when I am asked, but until I act it is open to change.


16 posted on 04/22/2016 1:19:48 PM PDT by Mr. K (Trump / ???)
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To: Morgana

Captain Crunch -— and he will.


17 posted on 04/22/2016 1:20:05 PM PDT by varina davis (WHOEVER TELLS IT LIKE IT IS FOR 2016)
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To: Steelfish

the problem saying it is a state issue is that it will need up in the Federal courts where they overrule, look at marriage as a perfect example.

Should have said both cruz and Trump if you are born with a penis then you are male end of.


18 posted on 04/22/2016 1:20:19 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Morgana

Let the states decide what the Left considers a “civil rights” matter?

Yeah right.


19 posted on 04/22/2016 1:20:28 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to irritate someone, point out something obvious they are trying hard to ignore.)
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To: TheRobb7

“he’s resembling a certain breakfast food on this”

Honeycomb Hideout?


20 posted on 04/22/2016 1:20:34 PM PDT by Morgana ( Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Statehood has been nullified. We are now the Unified Socialist State of America. Enjoy your new Utopia.


21 posted on 04/22/2016 1:21:41 PM PDT by fwdude
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To: Idaho_Cowboy

You are dreaming if you think this would remain a state issue.

the problem saying it is a state issue is that it will need up in the Federal courts where they overrule, look at marriage as a perfect example.

Should have said both cruz and Trump if you are born with a penis then you are male end of.


22 posted on 04/22/2016 1:21:41 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: AppyPappy

Love how some on here are saying this is a state issue. While I agree it is they do not and it will end up in fed court just like homosexual sham marriage.

I wish people would wake the hell up and understand we have been down this road about state issues before with marriage.

cruz and Trump needs to both mention that if you are born with a penis then you are a male and therefore you use the male locker rooms, bathrooms etc.

No use one attacking the other when one does not say anything but attack and the other is all over the place.


23 posted on 04/22/2016 1:23:50 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: varina davis

Was just thinking of that one but did not know how to word it!!


24 posted on 04/22/2016 1:24:10 PM PDT by Morgana ( Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: manc

It’s just that clear. If you are a man, use the men’s room. Done.


25 posted on 04/22/2016 1:25:08 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to irritate someone, point out something obvious they are trying hard to ignore.)
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To: AppyPappy

why cruz or Trump or anyone on our side can’t say a basic common sense thing like that is beyond me.

born with a penis you are male you use the male locker rooms, bathrooms.

Job done lets move to more pressing issues.


26 posted on 04/22/2016 1:26:16 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: miss marmelstein

It’s all about destroying the foundation of the Judeo Christian west, one brick at a time.


27 posted on 04/22/2016 1:27:15 PM PDT by Eagles6 ( Valley Forge Redux. If not now, when? If not here, where? If not us then who?)
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To: manc; Chode

“I’m sick of all thios homosexual, cross dressing crap.”

Are not we all? Why does one very small, mentally ill part of society get so many “rights”. This is wrong! These people need to use the bathroom in the local Nervous Hospital! If I was not angry about it before I sure am now.


28 posted on 04/22/2016 1:27:24 PM PDT by Morgana ( Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: TheRobb7

I think I went to that “House” one time. :)


29 posted on 04/22/2016 1:27:38 PM PDT by Xenodamus (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. -TJ)
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To: AppyPappy

“It’s just that clear. If you are a man, use the men’s room. Done.”

amen!


30 posted on 04/22/2016 1:28:07 PM PDT by Morgana ( Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: SeekAndFind

LBGT bathroom $hit? Puh-leeze....

This is one grain of sand on a beach full of trouble. The biggest trouble is a 20 trillion grain pile just sitting there that no one is willing to deal with, except Trump.

Quit being little sCruz mouth-breathers. This issue is meaningless in the grand scheme of decisions a President will make.

Kudos to the brain-dead media for making it an issue with the morons that listen to their crappola.....


31 posted on 04/22/2016 1:30:05 PM PDT by nesnah (Liberals - the petulant children of politics)
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To: Morgana

How have we managed this for the last 100 years?


32 posted on 04/22/2016 1:31:05 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to irritate someone, point out something obvious they are trying hard to ignore.)
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To: manc

Congress could simply prevent the courts from considering the issue and the problem would be solved.

But the real problem is all those critters in Congress who get elected pandering to social conservatives who don’t believe a word of it, and the social conservatives who keep sending these charlatans back into office time and time again.


33 posted on 04/22/2016 1:31:24 PM PDT by thoughtomator
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To: manc

Yep. That’s why the once-solid ‘federalist’ argument is ringing increasingly hollow these days. I used to get a sense of confidence when a leader would make such an argument, but with the reality of today, with Federal government run by degenerate, left-wing filth, it can also be seen as a dodge. By letting the Feds and the Courts do the dirty work, while you ‘pretend’ to be against it to your constituents. Hence, crap like faggot-marriage, and the GOP-er who was too cowardly to put up a fight, keeps his hands clean.

It’s happened so many times. It’s probably why I just don’t trust anyone these days. Lying bastards.


34 posted on 04/22/2016 1:32:00 PM PDT by greene66
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To: Eagles6

Exactamundo! That’s exactly what it’s about. And we need more leaders who recognize it.


35 posted on 04/22/2016 1:32:06 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard the Third: With my own people alone I should like to drive away the Turks (Muslims))
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To: manc
You are dreaming if you think this would remain a state issue.

the problem saying it is a state issue is that it will need up in the Federal courts where they overrule, look at marriage as a perfect example.


I agree; I don't agree with Trump's comment from today or the other day. I was just trying to make sense of his flip-flop from a sarcastic angle.
36 posted on 04/22/2016 1:32:23 PM PDT by Idaho_Cowboy (I Samuel 8:19-20 The New Spirit of America?)
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To: miss marmelstein
The Donald follows a formula:

1) Say what pops into his head.
2) Handlers view the reaction.
3) Handlers tell him what his position really is.
4) The Donald clarifies.

Hey, his poll numbers are good, so his fans obviously don't pay attention to what comes out of his mouth anymore...

37 posted on 04/22/2016 1:33:00 PM PDT by blowfish
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To: Morgana

One time we used to lock these nutcases up.

Notice how the very same people state the white woman who lost her job at the NAACP claimed she was black was told she needs mental help and yet the same people have no problem with a guy saying he is a woman? Then to use girls locker rooms at a school,, swimming pool, changing rooms, bathrooms.

The media keeps harping about bathrooms , but it more than bathrooms. It is everything where a woman or girl changes, does their business etc.

I have said this before, but I have a 15 year old daughter and like hell is a guy getting in there if she is there and I will take my chances with a jury if I have to.

My first job as a dad is to protect my daughter.


38 posted on 04/22/2016 1:34:19 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Idaho_Cowboy

No. While I agree that successful business people don’t pay attention, as they should, to social issues, The Donald has been very clear on whatever he did to make a success of his business. Unlike Cruz, he’s never hid or lied about his business dealings.


39 posted on 04/22/2016 1:34:20 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard the Third: With my own people alone I should like to drive away the Turks (Muslims))
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To: Morgana

Yep.... Hannity coached him to this position. What’s another flip flop for King Trumpy. He flips on something every day.


40 posted on 04/22/2016 1:35:24 PM PDT by kjam22 (America need forgiveness from God..... even if Donald Trump doesn't)
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To: SeekAndFind

This focus on people’s bodily functions and having government interference in any shape, manner or form needs to stop.


41 posted on 04/22/2016 1:35:33 PM PDT by be-baw (still seeking)
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To: blowfish

I am a Trump voter. I respect his big picture view of the world and support him. He’s not perfect like the snarky, miserable, little nasal-voiced pipsqueak Cruz. Put that in your pipe and smoke it!


42 posted on 04/22/2016 1:36:08 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard the Third: With my own people alone I should like to drive away the Turks (Muslims))
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To: Morgana

Frosted flakes?


43 posted on 04/22/2016 1:36:09 PM PDT by mrsixpack36
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To: greene66

I am so F-IN sick of this crap.

born with a penis then you are male and that is all the candidates have to say end of.

these perverts, sicko’s and whack jobs need to be told that they need mental help and their days of demanding have come to an end.

Where is Congress speaking about this, why is it social issues are ignored by these cowards.


44 posted on 04/22/2016 1:36:25 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Xenodamus

I was referring to “waffle”, but the responses were just to funny....

John Kerry got blasted here for pretty much the same thing.


45 posted on 04/22/2016 1:37:33 PM PDT by TheRobb7 ("Patriots don't negotiate the terms of their enslavement"--JimRob)
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To: miss marmelstein

That’s because you are a Trump supporter unwilling to turn a blind eye to this nonsense. I applaud you.


46 posted on 04/22/2016 1:37:35 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (.)
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To: miss marmelstein; blowfish

RE: He’s not perfect like the snarky, miserable, little nasal-voiced pipsqueak Cruz.

Did Cruz or supporters ever said he was perfect?


47 posted on 04/22/2016 1:39:03 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Much better answer.

Hope Trump commits to govern conservatively across the board. His earlier answer was scary.


48 posted on 04/22/2016 1:40:19 PM PDT by unlearner (RIP America, 7/4/1776 - 6/26/2015, "Only God can judge us now." - Claus Von Stauffenberg / Valkyrie)
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To: Morgana

To destroy American Society, Leftists inserts mental illness into our everyday lives, passing laws to make it the norm and it sits back, waiting for it to erode our values.


49 posted on 04/22/2016 1:44:25 PM PDT by Crucial ( Our)
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To: unlearner

He also proposed to change the GOP platform on abortion to allow for it in cases of rape, incest and the life of the mother.


50 posted on 04/22/2016 1:44:42 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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