The list of companies, public figures and celebrities either boycotting North Carolina or speaking out against it is only getting longer, but it seems the Governor is unperturbed.
Pat McCrory recently spoke in defense of the very publically hated HB2, saying how while big names like Google, IBM, Apple and PayPal have either boycotted the state or railed against HB2, small business owners have thanked him.
He made these comments while guesting on the show Meet the Press, where he said: “And it showed me the disconnect we have between the corporate suites and main street on a very complex subject, and a very personal subject regarding government policy of all things, which didn’t exist before this group brought this up.”
McCrory insisted that private complains can have their own policies on transgender rights (how nice of him), but said “I do believe in our high schools, in our middle schools, in our universities, we should continue to have the tradition that we’ve been having in this country for years. And we have a women’s facility and a men’s facility. You know, it’s worked out pretty well. And I don’t think we need any further government interference.”
“Now the conversation with a very powerful group called the Human Relations, uh, Human Rights [Campaign], my gosh, they’re more powerful than the N.R.A. [National Rifle Association], and they have millions of dollars. But they are putting on a lot of pressure, instead of having good dialogue. And I had wonderful dialogue with a transgender woman… and we talked about each other’s issues. There’s passion on each side of this issue.’
Naturally, there was also a counter comment from HRC President Chad Griffin.
“Pat McCrory can’t have it both ways and say he doesn’t want the government to tell the private sector what to do while he also sticks his head in the sand and ignores more than 160 businesses who have clearly said they want HB2 repealed.”
I’m sure we can all agree with Chad, here, that it is a tad hypocritical to argue that you can’t tell the private sector what to do and then ignore the wishes of some of the biggest players in that sector. While House Bill 2 was recently amended, the core of this hateful bill still sadly remains.