North Carolina’s embattled Republican Governor Pat McCrory has been getting battered in the media since signing a controversial anti-LGBT law. The law allows private and public organizations to discriminate against transgender men and women, forcing them to use the public facilities that corresponds to their “birth sex.”
Last week, the U.S. Justice Department sent the McCrory administration a letter stating that HB2 violates title IV and title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and they gave them until Monday to take action.
On Monday, North Carolina’s government responded by filing suit against the U.S. Justice Department, accusing the agency of overreach.
On Wednesday, McCrory sat down with CNN’s Jake Tapper to discuss the situation. The governor accused “liberals” of creating the problem regarding transgender bathroom rights after they passed an ordinance in Charlotte, which specifically gave transgender people the freedom to use public facilities that correspond to their gender identity. As a result, North Carolina Republicans passed HB2 which voids Charlotte’s ordinance and specifically targets LGBT people for discrimination on multiple levels:
I think that this was an argument that we didn’t need to have,” McCrory opined. “But this is an agenda by the far left. And for some reason, the national media is saying the far right brought this up. I had no interest in this subject.
But the Justice Department is basically making a civil rights claim that every private sector employer in the U.S. and every university in the United States must have gender expression or gender identity bathroom choices for individuals,” the governor complained.
Which translates to, “we were just fine as long as those people stayed in the shadows where they belong. But those meddling Liberals just couldn’t leave well enough alone.”
Here’s a fun drinking game. Take a shot every time McCrory says “sensitive.”
Tapper mentioned that transgender children “have a very difficult time fitting in, they have very high suicide rates.”
What are you telling the teachers at schools in North Carolina where, say, a 12-year-old who identifies as a girl, though her birth certificate says boy, what do you tell teachers about her if she’s using the girl’s bathroom?” the CNN host wondered.
McCrory then introduced a brilliant idea. He proposed that states be allowed to “make special circumstances by allowing the transgender girl to use a special unisex bathroom. In other words, “separate but equal” facilities.
But now the Civil Right Division of the U.S. Justice Department has deemed those types of arrangements to be discriminatory,” McCrory remarked.
Damn those closed minded liberals.
You just said you were sensitive to a child’s needs?” Tapper noted. “Are you not making that child’s life much more difficult?
I’m also worried about the other kids,” McCrory replied. “There’s an expectation of privacy for the other girls or other boys.
Can you imagine the potential problem there?” he continued. “And so we need to look through these problems and not throw hand grenades at these issues because it’s a new sensitive issue on all sides, for families, for young girls and boys, and for the transgender population.
But to have the Justice Department come out with a massive interpretation of the Civil Rights Act for every employer in the United States now is something that I think need clarification by the federal courts.
But have no fear, McCrory had a very simple solution.
I think there’s a time where the Republicans and the Democrats in this Congress need to revisit the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and revisit all this issue,” the first-term governor opined. “Because these are complex issues and North Carolina for whatever reason politically has become the target by the left on this agenda.
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