The former North Carolina Governor who spearheaded the state’s controversial “bathroom bill” is still feeling the effects of his legislation after leaving office.
In an interview with World, a North Carolina-based Christian news site, Governor Pat McCrory discussed just how much the backlash has changed his life:
“[The bill] has impacted me to this day, even after I left office. People are reluctant to hire me, because, ‘oh my gosh, he’s a bigot’ – which is the last thing I am.”
McCrory explained that he believes the backlash towards him has been unfair. “If you disagree with the politically correct thought police on this new definition of gender, you’re a bigot, you’re the worst of evil,” he said, adding, “It’s almost as if I broke a law.”
The bill in question, North Carolina House Bill 2, required everyone in government buildings to utilize restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender as it is indicated on their birth certificate. The state was subject to high profile boycotts from the NBA, Bruce Springsteen, and countless others as a result.
Now, Governor McCrory says the fear of those boycotts and the national controversy surrounding the bill may be what’s keeping him out of a job. The boycotts that followed the governor’s signing of the bill were a major point of discussion in the interview.
“Sadly, they’ve done a great job in getting people to boycott our state over a social issue, which I think is wrong by the way on any social issue whether I agree with it or not,” said McCrory.
The governor explained how the premise of their boycott just didn’t sit right with him, saying, “What’s the next issue they’re going to boycott a state on? And all they do is punish the popcorn maker in Greensboro, North Carolina. What’s next? Guns? Abortion? Immigration? Sanctuary cities? With the different laws that we have, we’re the United States and we should act that way.”
Governor McCrory lost his bid for reelection by less than 10,000 votes, a loss that is largely credited to the national attention thrust onto the state by the controversial “bathroom bill.” In addition to pressuring for boycotts against the state, the Human Rights Campaign led a push to defeat McCrory’s reelection bid.
McCrory was mocked during the election for claiming that the Human Rights Campaign was more powerful than the NRA, a claim which he stood by in his latest interview. “I said that nine months ago and everyone laughed, now everyone’s going ‘You know, maybe they are,” because they put their pressure on corporations. The NRA puts pressure on politicians.”
Even though he is out of office and unable to find a job, Pat McCrory still stands by the core reasoning behind HB2. “I don’t think a city government, a state government, or a federal government should be able to tell the private sector what the new definition of gender is.”