Cruz tells Trump he can't use bathroom in North Carolina 'dressed like Hillary'

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Cruz blasts Trump over transgender bathroom debate
As the race for the Republican presidential nomination intensifies, Ted Cruz took a shot at frontrunner Donald Trump over the controversial North Carolina bathroom bill that's sure to cause a stir.

Last week, Trump came out in opposition to the bill, which erases discrimination protections for LGBT residents and forces transgender people to use bathrooms that align with the gender on their birth certificates.

The bill has faced backlash with businesses choosing to back out of planned offices in the state and many artists, including Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam, choosing to forego concerts in the state out of protest.

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Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidate U.S. Senator Ted Cruz hugs his young daughters Catherine (L) and Caroline (R) onstage at the end of the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, accompanied by his wife Heidi and their two daughters Catherine, 4, right, and Caroline, 7, center, waves to members of the audience after speaking at a rally at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo, Iowa, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
STAFFORD, TX - MARCH 1: Heidi Cruz laughs as her daughters, Catherine (L) and Caroline autograph two Dr. Seuss books during a Super Tuesday watch party for husband, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), at the Redneck Country Club March 1, 2016 in Stafford, Texas. Cruz won the Texas, Oklahoma, and Alaska primaries. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) stands on stage with his wife Heidi and their daughters Catherine and Caroline, as he announces his candidacy for president during an event at Liberty College in Lynchburg, Virginia, March 23, 2015. Cruz, a conservative firebrand who frequently clashes with leaders of his Republican Party, became the first major figure from either party to jump into the 2016 presidential election race on Monday. REUTERS/Chris Keane
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz is accompanied by his wife Heidi and daughter Caroline as he speaks about the primary election results in Florida, Ohio and Illinois during a campaign rally in Houston, Texas March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Trish Badger EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO ARCHIVES. NO RESALES
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz arrives with his wife Heidi and daughter Caroline for a campaign stop at the Glorioso's Italian Market in Milwaukee April 4, 2016. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz arrives with his wife Heidi and daughters Catherine and Caroline during An American Rally at the Hyatt Regency in Green Bay April 3, 2016. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz, with his daughter Catherine (2nd L), wife Heidi (C), daughter Caroline (2nd R) and supporter and former rival Carly Fiorina (R) at his side, reacts to the primary election results in Florida, Ohio and Illinois during a campaign rally in Houston, Texas March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Trish Badger EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO ARCHIVES. NO RESALES.
Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz hugs his young daughters Catherine and Caroline (R) at the edge of the stage during a commercial break at the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
STAFFORD, TX - MARCH 1: Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) celebrates holding his daughter Catherine with his wife Heidi and daughter Caroline during a Super Tuesday watch party at the Redneck Country Club March 1, 2016 in Stafford, Texas. Cruz won the Texas, Oklahoma, and Alaska primaries. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz and wife Heidi wave to supporters during his Keep The Promise rally at the zMax Dragway in Concord, N.C., on Sunday, March 13, 2016. (David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer/TNS via Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC - FEBRUARY 20: Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), his wife Heidi and daughter Catherine observe a moment of silence for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia during a primary night party at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds February 20, 2016 in Columbia, South Carolina. Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) are locked in a tight race for finishing second in the South Carolina GOP primary. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC - FEBRUARY 20: Heidi Cruz (R), wife of Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), waves with daughters Caroline (2nd R) and Catherine (L) during a primary night party at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds February 20, 2016 in Columbia, South Carolina. Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) are locked in a tight race for finishing second in the South Carolina GOP primary. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Heidi Cruz, right, wife of Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas and 2016 presidential candidate, left, grabs her husband's chin after kissing him on stage during his campaign's caucus night celebration at the Elwell Center on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. Cruz won the Iowa Republican caucuses in an upset over billionaire Donald Trump, while Democrat Hillary Clinton was clinging to the narrowest edge over Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
WINDHAM, NH - FEBRUARY 02: Heidi Cruz (R), wife of Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), talks with their daughter Caroline, 7, before a campaign town hall meeting at the Crossing Life Church February 2, 2016 in Windham, New Hampshire. Cruz emerged at the top of a crowded GOP presidential field after winning Monday's Iowa caucuses. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
DES MOINES, IA - FEBRUARY 01: Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) stands with his wife Heidi as he addresses supporters after winning at the caucus night gathering at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on February 1, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. Cruz beat out frontrunner Donald Trump and Marco Rubio (R-FL) to win the Iowa caucuses. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
DES MOINES, IA - FEBRUARY 01: Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) embraces his wife Heidi in front of supporters at the caucus night gathering at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on February 1, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. Cruz beat out frontrunner Donald Trump and Marco Rubio (R-FL) to win the Iowa caucuses. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, USA - JANUARY 31: Wife of Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz, Heidi Cruz, speaks during a campaign rally in Iowa City, Iowa, USA on January 31, 2016. Both Democratic and Republican candidates are campaigning in Iowa this weekend before the Iowa Caucus on Monday. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FENTON, IA - JANUARY 29 : Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, center, listens as his wife Heidi Cruz, left, speaks during a campaign event at North Star Restaurant and Lounge Shop January 29, 2016 in Fenton, Iowa. Cruz, who is seeking the nomination for the Republican Party is on the presidential campaign trail across Iowa ahead of the Iowa Caucus taking place February 1, a week before the New Hampshire Primaries. Joshua Lott for The Washington Post via Getty Images
DES MOINES, IA - AUGUST 21: Heidi Nelson Cruz, the wife of Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and thier daughter Catherine listen as Ted Cruz speaks to supporters at his Religious Liberty Rally on August 21, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. Earlier in the day Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) visited and spoke to guests at the Iowa State Fair. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Catherine Cruz, left, waves to her dad, Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas and 2016 presidential candidate, as she sits on the lap of her mom Heidi Nelson Cruz at the Rally for Religious Liberty in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. A day after Jimmy Carter appeared on national television to talk about the cancer that's ravaging his body, Republican presidential candidate Cruz criticized the former president's administration in a speech in Iowa. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, stands with his wife Heidi Nelson Cruz and daughters Catherine Cruz, left, and Caroline Cruz, right, as he marks the start of his presidential campaign by giving the convocation address at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, U.S., on Monday, March 23, 2015. By kicking off his campaign at the Virginia Christian college founded by the late evangelist Jerry Falwell, rather than a venue in his home state, Cruz is signaling hell court religious conservatives as well as small-government tea-party activists as he competes to become the lead anti-establishment candidate in the party contest. Photographer: Jay Paul/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Heidi Cruz, wife of Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, appears during a campaign event on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Heidi Nelson Cruz, wife of presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, smiles as she supports her husband at the Londonderry Fish and Game club in Litchfield, N.H., Sunday, April 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, right, and his wife Heidi Nelson Cruz wave to delegates the Texas GOP Convention after his speech in Fort Worth, Texas Friday, June 6, 2014. Cruz promised to lead a conservative revolution unseen since the days of Ronald Reagan. (AP Photo/Rex C. Curry)
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On Sunday, speaking to crowds in Indiana, a state that's had its own controversy over a religious freedom bill, Cruz attacked Trump's opposition to the bill while outlining his own ongoing support of it.

"So let me make things real, real simple," Cruz said. "If Donald Trump dresses up as Hillary Clinton, he still can't go to the girl's bathroom."

RealClearPolitics published a more complete, four-minute video of Cruz's speech, giving his comments full context.

In his comments, Cruz attacked Trump for not only agreeing with Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama in their opposition to the bill, but, using an oft-repeated line of thinking that denies transgender identity, said that Trump wants to "allow grown men to use a little girl's bathroom."

Cruz has been vocal in his support of the controversial bill, releasing an ad attacking those who oppose it and calling the bill "common sense" and using the same phrases he did during his Sunday speech.

On NBC's Today Show on Thursday, Trump said people should be allowed to "use the bathroom they feel is appropriate" and, when asked if he'd let Caitlyn Jenner use whichever bathroom she chooses at a Trump property, said "That is correct."

Sunday's comments follow an incident from last week in which a transgender teen said he was removed from a Ted Cruz rally simply for publicly identifying himself, via a t-shirt, as transgender.

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