North Carolina Gov. /twitter.com/PatMcCroryNC?lang=en"}}">Pat McCrory said during a debate Tuesday that transgender Olympian Caitlyn Jenner better plan on using the men’s bathroom if she visits the state.
“In the private sector in North Carolina, she can go wherever the private sector wants her to,” McCrory, a Republican, said of Jenner, who as Bruce Jenner won Olympic gold 40 years ago. “If she’s going to a shower facility at [University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill] after running around the track, she’s going to use the men’s shower.”
North Carolina’s House Bill 2, passed in March, removes anti-discrimination protection for LGBTQ people and mandates that individuals use the public bathrooms that correspond to the sex they were assigned at birth. The law has stirred public outrage, political backlash and the loss of millions in business.
McCrory, however, continues to stand behind the so-called bathroom bill. He pointed the finger at “liberals in Charlotte,” who he said “started this whole bathroom mess” by demanding people recognize “a brand new concept of gender identity and gender expression ― a major change in culture.”
“If you’re a man, you’re going to go to the man’s locker room, restroom or shower. If you’re a woman, you’re going to go to their appropriate shower,” McCrory said. “No change whatsoever.”
Cooper said the law must be repealed.
“It writes discrimination into our law and it has been a disaster for our economy,” Cooper said. “Governor McCrory continues to go across the state telling people that this is not hurting our economy. He attacks businesses who are opposed to it and says that everything is going fine. Governor, what planet are you on?”
The fallout has been extensive. In April, rock star Bruce Springsteen canceled a concert in protest. In July, the NBA pulled the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte. More recently, 60 investment managers representing more than $2.1 trillion called for the state to repeal the law, warning the damage could soon be “irreversible.”
McCrory also addressed recently revealed lewd comments made by GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. He said Trump “needs to have his mouth washed out with soap,” but his strong stand on certain issues makes him a “role model.”
McCrory on Friday condemned “in the strongest possible terms” Trump’s sexual assault boast, calling it “disgusting.”
Asked Tuesday why he didn’t go further and withdraw his support, McCrory said Trump remains the best candidate for president.
“I think what makes him a role model is where he does stand strong on certain issues that need to be said, especially from outside Washington, D.C.,” McCrory said. “The Syrian refugee situation, it’s a disaster.”
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.