For most of his career, Donald Trump has been a businessman and a reality TV entertainer, not a political aspirant who is expected to have a grasp of key public issues. Now that he’s running for president, Trump is trying to get educated, but he’s relying on the source he knows best - “the shows” - for his information rather than doing the hard work of actually learning what’s involved in public policy. Sadly, Trump’s ignorance of key issues is an ongoing problem. Yesterday on the Today Show, Trump said that North Carolina had made a mistake in passing legislation to prohibit the adoption of “bathroom bills” that allow biologic males to use intimate facilities reserved for women and girls based on a claim of “gender identity.” Trump said the state should just have left things the way it was because “there has been so little trouble.” He went on to say that Caitlin Jenner would be welcome to use whatever bathroom he wishes in Trump Tower.
There’s a big problem with Trump’s understanding of the issues in North Carolina, or in many public policy battles, especially social issues. You see, the left and LGBT extremists are never content to “leave things as it was.” They are constantly at work trying to force their extreme agenda on America.
That’s what happened in North Carolina when they got the Charlotte City Council to pass an ordinance over the objection of the state’s residents that allow men to use showers, locker rooms and bathrooms reserved for girls and women. The legislation that Trump commented on was in response to this affront to common sense and decency, not some proactive effort on the part of state offices to make life difficult for people who are transgender.
Trump doesn’t understand the complexities of this issue because “the shows” that he relies on for information never educate people about the true issues – they simply shout “discrimination” whenever something occurs in the public square that LGBT groups oppose.
It’s our obligation to call Trump out, and any other candidate who fails to grasp the complexities of important issues like this, with the hope that should he ever be elected, he will become a far more informed president than he has so far demonstrated as a candidate.