When former President Obama defended his stance on trans students being allowed to use public bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their ‘gender identity’ many schools were outraged, concerned for the well-being of female students privacy.
When he extended that order to public bathrooms nationwide Americans were rightly outraged that people who are not transgender, specifically pedophiles and perverts, would gain free access to women’s restrooms, and sure enough, there have been cases of this happening.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer did not go into specifics on the new set of guidelines being prepared by the Justice Department, but said Trump has long held that such matters should be left to the states — not the federal government — to decide, Fox News reports.
“I think that all you have to do is look at what the president’s view has been for a long time, that this is not something the federal government should be involved in, this is a states’ rights issue,” Spicer said.
The Washington Post obtained a draft of the letter to the nation’s schools, which is planned to be released Wednesday.
The White House plans to say that they are rolling back the directive allowing transgender students access to restrooms and allowing them to participate in school athletics according to their gender identity and not their gender at birth.
The letter also states that the directive “has given rise to significant litigation” and administrators, parents and students “struggled” to understand and implement the Obama administration’s guidance.
The White House will insist that schools must protect all students and the undoing of the directive “does not diminish the protections” available to all students.
Trump was a vocal critic about the Obama administration’s guidance during the 2016 campaign.
Trump said in a phone interview on “Fox & Friends” in May 2016 that the directive was becoming a “massive story” despite it only affecting a “tiny, tiny” percentage of the population.
“It’s a new issue and right now, I just don’t have an opinion. I’d like to see the states make that decision,” Trump said at the time.
Trump was also outspoken about North Carolina passing a law on bathroom use by transgender people.