Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is pulling out all the stops to block front runner Donald Trump from becoming his party's nominee. Now on the attack, Cruz has spoken on the hot topic of controversial bathroom laws that ban transgender individuals from using a restroom that does not correspond to their biological sex.
"Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both agree that grown men should be allowed to use the little girls' restroom," Cruz said at an April 26 Indiana rally, according to the New York Times.
Recent polls show Trump with only a narrow lead in Indiana, and Cruz's campaign has become increasingly aggressive, honing in on the hot-button restroom issues and attacking Trump for his statement that people should have the freedom to "use the bathroom they feel is appropriate," without having to "create new bathrooms" for those who identify as transgender.
"First of all, I think that would be discriminatory in a certain way," Trump said, pointing out that there have been virtually no instances of transgender people assaulting others in restrooms. "It would be unbelievably expensive for businesses and for the country. Leave it the way it is."
Cruz blasted Trump's response, saying that the billionaire businessman is giving into political correctness and aligning himself with liberal ideals.
"If the law says that any man, if he chooses, can enter a women's restroom, a little girls' restroom, and stay there, and he cannot be removed because he simply says at that moment he feels like a woman, you're opening the door for predators," the Texas senator said.
Cruz, who typically polls best with evangelical Republicans, added that "If Donald Trump dresses as Hillary Clinton, he still can't use the little girls' restroom," before apologizing "for putting that image in your mind."
Indiana, whose May 3 primary is quickly approaching, is no stranger to impassioned debate on LGBT-related issues. Before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, the state fought hard for years to prohibit the unions, reports the Indy Star. Indiana officials were vocal in their fight to leave gay marriage up to the states, in particular allowing them to ban it for reasons of procreation and support "traditional marriage."