New York fashion designer talks about HB2 while in his native North Carolina. Mark Hames mhames@charlotteobserver.com
New York fashion designer talks about HB2 while in his native North Carolina. Mark Hames mhames@charlotteobserver.com

Politics & Government

Donald Trump backs off transgender bathroom stance

May 26, 2016 6:33 PM

Last month, Donald Trump said people should “use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate” and made remarks that were interpreted as criticism of North Carolina’s House Bill 2.

On Wednesday, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee backed off that stance in an interview on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” calling for transgender bathroom policies to be left up to state governments.

Although Kimmel pressed him five times, Trump refused to explain his personal stance on North Carolina’s law that requires people in government buildings to use bathrooms matching their birth certificates.

“What I support is let the states decide, and I think the states will do hopefully the right thing,” Trump said

Asked what he considers to be the right thing, Trump said he does not know yet.

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