Trump claims trans equality is ‘too expensive’, still plans to build giant wall
Donald Trump, who plans to build a giant wall on the border with Mexico, has claimed that trans-friendly bathrooms will cost “billions” of dollars.
Republican Presidential wannabe Donald Trump had initially voiced support for trans rights, but revered his policy earlier this month amid a wave of Republican-backed bathroom bills.
He claimed last week that states like North Carolina should be free to keep their anti-trans laws, adding: “The party generally believes that whatever you’re born, that’s the bathroom you use. I say let the states decide.”
Speaking on The O’Reilly Factor, Trump came up with another reason trans people can’t have basic equality – apparently it’s too expensive.
He said: “It would be unbelievably expensive nationwide… it would be hundreds of billions of dollars. I think our country really wants to spend money on other things. Let’s build more buildings, let’s create more jobs.
“That would be an unbelievably expensive situation to do, and frankly the number of people is a very small number.”
He added that while states should “protect everybody”, it would be too expensive to make trans-friendly bathrooms.
Of course, Mr Trump only supports economically viable policies, like building a giant wall on the Mexico border.
Trump claims he would force Mexico to pay $12 billion to build the wall, but independent experts have put the cost at $25 billion plus maintenance.
TV host Stephen Colbert mocked Trump’s suggestion: