Apple strongly criticized President Trump after his administration rescinded his predecessor’s guidance that encouraged public schools to let students use their bathroom of their preferred gender identity Wednesday.
“Apple believes everyone deserves a chance to thrive in an environment free from stigma and discrimination,” the company said in a statement later that night.
“We support efforts toward greater acceptance, not less, and we strongly believe that transgender students should be treated as equals. We disagree with any effort to limit or rescind their rights and protections.”
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) February 22, 2017
Press secretary Sean Spicer said at the briefing Wednesday that the president believed this was a states rights issue.
“The president has maintained for a long time that this is a states’ rights issue and not one for the federal government,” Spicer said.
“So while we have further guidance coming out on this, 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 that the federal government should be involved in, that this is a states’ rights issue.”