The criticism and backlash to North Carolina’s new law that eliminated anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people reeks of hypocrisy in several ways, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday.
Voters in the Final Four host city of Houston, McCrory remarked during an interview with “Fox and Friends,” last November overwhelmingly rejected Proposition 1, known as the Equal Rights Ordinance, which would have allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of their preference and would have punished non-compliant businesses with fines up to $5,000.
“And there are no protests for boycotts of Houston, Texas, during the Final Four basketball tournament. Nor should there be,” McCrory said. “So none of these corporations that are now criticizing North Carolina, they’re all going to be advertising during the NCAA championship, and there’s a lot of corporate and political and media elite hypocrisy about this. It’s really sad.”
McCrory continued to slam Cuomo’s travel ban as “demagoguery at its worst,” blasting the New York governor for visiting the communist regime of Cuba but telling his own citizens to stay away from another state.
“First of all, a lot of New Yorkers already moved to North Carolina, has made North Carolina their permanent home. I’m sorry, Gov. Cuomo, but that’s a fact,” McCrory said, to which co-host Brian Kilmeade, a native New Yorker, agreed. “Maybe it’s because we believe in just common-sense privacy laws, and by the way we also are against any types of discrimination, but that doesn’t mean we overturn basic common-sense expectations of privacy that men and women and children expect when they go to a locker room or a restroom or a shower facility. This is ridiculous.”
He added, “We’re not in favor of discrimination, but we do favor common-sense privacy laws just like the city of Houston does. Go Tarheels. Go Tarheels.”