Former Republican North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory not only lost his job in large part because of the so-called ‘Bathroom Law,’ but now claims that the infamous legislation is blocking him from finding new employment.
In an interview with a World Radio podcast, according to the News & Observer, McCrory spoke about his job hunting efforts. The former governor said that the law “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.”
“I’ve currently accepted several opportunities in business to do work that I’d done prior to becoming governor in consulting and advisory board positions, and I’ve also been exploring other opportunities in academia, nonprofits and government,” he said. ” And I’ll hopefully be making some of those decisions in the near future.”
McCrory blamed his fortunes on those who opposed the controversial law, which requires that transgender individuals to use the bathroom that matches their biological gender — their birth gender — rather than their gender identity. When enacted, the law drew nationwide backlash with large businesses canceling jobs plans in the state and major sports organizations such as the NCAA and NBA severely curbing their events in the state including the NBA All Star game which was scheduled for Charlotte before being moved to New Orleans.
“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,” McCrory said. “It’s almost as if I broke a law.”
At one point, McCrory, who supported Donald Trump’s presidential bid, was reported to be under consideration for a role in the new administration. “They’re definitely going to take care of him,” a source close to the Trump transition to the Charlotte Observer at the time.
The North Carolina Democratic Party issued a statement through a spokesperson in response to McCrory’s interview.
“North Carolina has already lost hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity and thousands of jobs as a direct result of House Bill 2, but I guess we can start adding Gov. McCrory’s career to the total as well,” the spokesperson said in the statement.