Politics

PC Madness Across the Country

Republicans divided on how to respond as issue spins out of control

Political correctness is becoming a central focus of the 2016 campaign for the GOP.

Sen. Ted Cruz hit Donald Trump hard for comments he made Thursday morning on the “Today” show, which implied that Trump supports the notion that men should be able to use women’s bathrooms.

“He said he thought men should be able to go into the girls’ bathroom if they want,” Cruz charged at a Maryland rally later that day. “Have we gone stark-raving mad? This is political correctness. This is nonsense.”

The Cruz campaign also released an ad later in the day that asserted “Donald Trump won’t take on the PC police” and describes the notion that grown men should be able to share bathrooms with little girls “PC nonsense that’s destroying America.”

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While Trump appeared to be in the pro-political correctness camp regarding transgender rights, he was firmly and vocally on the anti-political correctness side regarding the U.S. Treasury’s decision to remove Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill and replace him with Harriet Tubman.

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The decision is “pure political correctness,” Trump said during his “Today” show appearance. “Andrew Jackson had a great history, and I think it’s very rough when you take somebody off the bill,” he said. “I think Harriett Tubman is fantastic, but I would love to leave Andrew Jackson or see if we can maybe come up with another denomination.”

Other conservatives, however, seem to support the soon-to-be Tubman Twenty. “Harriett Tubman was a gun-toting, Jesus-loving spy” who supported Republican politicians, stressed the editors at National Review — apparently uninterested in challenging the removal of white males from the public sphere for purely political purposes.

Some Republicans have gone even further in their efforts to appease politically correct liberals. Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.), chairwoman of the House Administration Committee, announced Thursday that all state flags that hung in the tunnel at the U.S. Capitol were removed during renovations. The reason? Mississippi’s state flag features the Confederate battle flag.

“Given the controversy surrounding Confederate imagery, I decided to install a new display,” Miller said in a statement. “I am well aware of how many Americans negatively view the Confederate flag, and, personally, I am very sympathetic to these views.”

Many Americans also view the Confederate flag as a symbol of heritage and pride.

Calls to remove “offensive” imagery have only grown louder of late, especially in college campuses across the country, dominated by radical leftists ever searching for safe spaces free from ideas with which they disagree.

Other Republicans, however, are confronting this political correctness directly. The Tennessee Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would strip funding from the University of Tennessee’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Similar legislation was approved by the Tennessee House of Representatives earlier in the week.

Tennessee lawmakers objected to controversial posts on the diversity office’s website, which advocated the use of gender-neutral pronouns and “inclusive holiday celebrations.”

“You are free to do whatever you want to do,” said Sen. Todd Gadenhire, who introduced the legislation. “But we as elected representatives of the people of the state, we feel free to do what we think is necessary to stop this foolishness,” he said.

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