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Ted Cruz is scaremongering about transgender people and bathrooms

Ted Cruz wants you to worry about something that's never reportedly happened.

On Thursday, Donald Trump came out against North Carolina's anti-LGBTQ law, which prohibits transgender people from using the bathroom in schools and government buildings that aligns with their gender identity. Trump pointed out a simple fact: In the places that let trans people use the bathroom for their gender identity, there have not been problems — no increase in sexual assault or harassment, as critics have warned.

"There have been very few complaints the way it is," Trump said. "People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate, there has been so little trouble."

Shortly after, Cruz posted a Facebook video warning viewers, "Should a grown man pretending to be a woman be allowed to use the women's restroom? The same restroom used by your daughter? Your wife? Donald Trump thinks so. It's not appropriate. It's not safe. It's PC nonsense that's destroying America."

This perpetuates the same myth supporters of North Carolina's law used: the idea that if trans people can use the bathroom for their gender identity, men will disguise themselves as women to go into women's bathrooms and sexually assault and harass women.

The evidence is on Trump's side. In two investigations, Media Matters confirmed with experts and officials in 12 states and 17 school districts with protections for LGBTQ people that they had no increases in sex crimes after they enacted LGBTQ protections, which generally let trans people use the bathroom they want.

Experts say LGBTQ nondiscrimination laws do not lead to sexual crimes in bathrooms. Media Matters

Nonetheless, the bathroom and public safety concerns remain widespread among religious conservatives in particular. Since religious conservatives are a big part of Cruz's base, it's not much of a surprise that Cruz is trying to leverage the myth against Trump — facts or not.

Watch: How most states still allow discrimination against LGBTQ people

Correction: Removed a mention of a misleading PolitiFact North Carolina report that suggested a man in Toronto, Canada, which now has a nondiscrimination law, disguised himself as a woman and attacked women in shelters. Despite PolitiFact's reporting, the attack happened before the nondiscrimination law was passed.

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