Where Does Donald Trump Really Stand On North Carolina’s New Anti-LGBT Law?

April 22, 2016 12:43 p.m.
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Thursday morning Donald Trump was dismissive of North Carolina’s new anti-LGBT law — but by Thursday evening it was a lot less clear where Trump stood.

Early in the day Trump said North Carolina’s law was unnecessary and that transgender people should use whichever bathroom they like, drawing ire from conservatives like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

When asked by Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Thursday night to explain his position on the provision in North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law that keeps transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice, Donald Trump offered a much muddier response.

Trump mentioned that “we have to take care of everybody” before punting and declaring it a state issue. Those comments prompted headlines saying that he backtracked or amended his position, but the Republican presidential candidate did not explicitly state that he no longer supports transgender individuals being able to use the bathroom of their choice.

Hannity asked Trump to explain his position, noting that the law probably impacts only a “small number” of people.

“Well it is a small number, but we have to take care of everybody, frankly,” Trump said in response, suggesting that he was not prepared to back down from the position he took earlier in the day.

But he then added that states like North Carolina can do whatever they like, perhaps in an attempt to sound more like a conservative.

“I love North Carolina, and they have a law, and it’s a law that, you know, unfortunately is causing them some problems. And I fully understand if they want to go through, but they are losing business, and they are having a lot of people come out against,” he said.

“With me, I look at it differently, a community, whether it’s North Carolina, or local communities, really, they should be involved. We have so many big issues to be thinking about,” Trump continued. “I think that local communities and states should make the decision. And I feel very strongly about that. The federal government should not be involved.”

Watch the interview via Fox News. Hannity brings up the North Carolina law at the 1:30 mark.

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