North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has been under fire for some time now for his pushback on the transgender community. It seems he doesn’t know when to leave well enough alone.
McCrory, whose legacy has been defined by the state’s discriminatory so-called “bathroom bill” HB2, is running for reelection. In his new campaign video, he references the backlash against HB2, while claiming the “boys” in the “girls” locker rooms and showers” are predators.
In the ad, McCrory can be heard saying,
You know, when we were raising the average teacher pay, creating new jobs and cutting taxes, other folks were actually pushing to make our schools allow boys, to use the girls’ locker rooms and showers. Are we really talking about this? Does the desire to be politically correct outweigh our children’s privacy and safety? Not on my watch. Our kids and teachers are my priority. This is North Carolina. Let’s do what’s right.
To say that HB2 was controversial would be an understatement. The ‘bathroom bill’ was so discriminatory that McCrory’s consistent backing of it sparked reactions from many high profile people.
As the Charlotte Observer reports,
“The pushback has been intense. On July 21, the National Basketball Association announced it will move its All-Star Game from Charlotte in 2017, which will cost the city an estimated $100 million. That decision follows cancellations of business expansions and entertainment events by companies and performers protesting HB2.”
It seems that even after all of this, Gov. McCrory doesn’t know when to leave well enough alone. Rather than abandoning the issue and trying to repair his legacy, McCrory has rehashed it and tried to use it for political gain. It’s unclear, however, whether or not doing so even has the potential to aid his reelection bid. If anything, it should hurt his reputation even further and, effectively, put him at a disadvantage for his hopes of being reelected.
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