|Senator Ted Cruz|
It's pathetic that there seem to be no national Republican leaders now except for Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. When Trump didn't speak out forcefully against the idiocy of allowing men/boys in public school bathrooms with women/girls, none of the other major Republicans who used to speak out on such issues did--except for Ted Cruz.
The day after it was reported that the Obama administration would issue a directive to public schools that they "must allow transgender students access to such facilities consistent with their gender identity", Ted Cruz blasted the policy.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) skewered President Barack Obama for his administration’s transgender bathroom directive, saying in a statement that it represented a “dangerous departure” from “common sense” that “must not stand.”
“America has woken up to yet another example of President Barack Obama doing through executive fiat what he cannot get done through our democratic process,” said Cruz, a former candidate for the Republican nomination. “Today, he decreed that schools across the country must allow men and boys to use the restrooms, locker rooms, and shower facilities previously reserved for girls. Not only is this decree contrary to law, but it makes no sense.”
“There is a reason that we give girls access to their own changing rooms: It is for their privacy, safety, and security,” he added. “The administration’s dangerous departure from that common-sense norm must not stand.”Sadly, the dangers of men in the women's bathroom were in the news last week. A little girl was attacked by a man who went in a store's women's restroom.
Cruz also voted against a provision Senator John McCain slipped into a defense appropriation bill to require women to register for the draft.
. . . Sen. Mike Lee put forth an amendment to strike out the provision including women in the draft. The amendment was defeated 7-19. Every Democrat on the committee, along with GOP Sens. McCain, Ayotte, Fischer, Ernst, Tillis, Sullivan, and Graham voted to include women in Selective Service. Sens. Inhofe, Sessions, Wicker, Cotton, Rounds, and Cruz voted with Lee to strike out this pernicious provision.
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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who sits on the Armed Services Committee, was so vehemently opposed to this provision that he voted against the underlying bill. In a statement provided to Conservative Review, the Texas senator noted that although the committee adopted 12 of his amendments related to an array of foreign policy and national security issues, he could not “in good conscience vote to draft our daughters into the military, sending them off to war and forcing them into combat.” “I will continue my efforts to speak out against the effort to force America’s daughter into combat,” wrote the former presidential candidate in a statement.
Update: Sens. Mike Lee and Deb Fischer also voted against final passage.From Donald Trump, crickets. From other national Republican leaders, crickets. Guess Cruz will have to do all the heavy lifting from here on out.