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GOP lawmaker threatens Target boycott over LGBT bathroom policy

Conservative firebrand Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) warned Thursday that overturning North Carolina’s controversial bathroom law would make it easier for sex offenders to harass young children.

During one of his regular extended floor speeches after the House finished its legislative work for the week, Gohmert predicted that sexual predators would take advantage of a policy allowing transgender people to use the bathrooms of their choice.  

{mosads}“There will be people that do that,” Gohmert said. “Why not let the transgender, LGBT,Q,R,S,T — whatever the initials are — let them have their activities where they don’t impose upon the privacy of someone who wants to go to the restroom or shower without someone from the opposite sex being there with them.”

Gohmert singled out Target, which this week said that it will allow transgender people to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identities.

That didn’t sit well with Gohmert, who declared he won’t be shopping at the retail giant anymore.

“If they’re going to be having women come to men’s restrooms, I won’t be going to Target to shop, unless and until that changes,” Gohmert said. 

After reading aloud a news article detailing the Target policy, Gohmert sighed.

“Et tu, Target?” he asked.

“So here we are, at the place in our history where insanity in the name of political correctness rules the day, common sense no longer common.”

North Carolina’s recently enacted law requires that transgender people use bathrooms designated for the gender that is stated on their birth certificates. Opponents of the law say that it unfairly targets transgender people.

Multiple businesses and entertainers have since announced boycotts of North Carolina in retaliation for the law that has sparked national outrage.  

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump broke with many Republicans who support the law, while rival Ted Cruz decried the real estate mogul’s position as “politically correct.”

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