McCrory: 'The left' to blame for HB2

Posted July 26, 2016

Gov. Pat McCrory appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press" on April 17, 2016, to discuss House Bill 2, which sets North Carolina's discrimination policy.

— Gov. Pat McCrory pointed to a trove of internal Democratic National Committee emails published by WikiLeaks as evidence that the political left engineered the controversy that led to House Bill 2 as a political fundraising tool.

"Well, what's most disturbing is that these emails have clearly shown something we suspected all along – and that is the state of North Carolina, the City of Charlotte and especially small businesses were being used as a pawns by Roy Cooper, by the mayor of Charlotte and by the Democratic Party on an issue that was made up purely for political purposes and to raise money," McCrory said during an impromptu news conference Tuesday.

Cooper is North Carolina's attorney general and the Democratic candidate for governor this fall against McCrory.

McCrory was referring to the same group of DNC emails made available by WikiLeaks, that forced former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to resign.

Most of the emails in that cache that mention McCrory, Cooper or North Carolina are run-of-the-mill message development exchanges. The most florid of the lot logs McCrory's appearance on a national political talk show and refers to him as a "moronic little bigot of a tarheel governor," misspelling the term, Tar Heel.

McCrory insisted Tuesday that the emails demonstrate Democrats were trying to profit politically from the issue. One exchange envisions an anti-House Bill 2 event headlined by Vice President Joe Biden. Other emails simply respond "awesome" or give other similar feedback when a Democratic operative compiled a video or news release on the topic.

Asked whether the potential economic impact of House Bill 2 might make defending the law not worth the effort, McCory turned the question around.

"You might need to ask the mayor of Charlotte and Roy Cooper that brought up this question, not the right," McCrory said. "The media, both the statewide media and the national media, give the clear impression it was the right that created the bathroom rules."

That may be because a Republican-controlled legislature called themselves back into a special session to pass the law in one day. McCrory, a Republican, signed the measure the same day. Proponents of the measure said it was passed in response to a Charlotte ordinance that required private businesses to allow transgender individuals to use the bathroom of their choice.

"The Republican Party and this governor never heard of this issue before this year started," he said. "It was the political left that made North Carolina the epicenter of this battle, and it was clearly for political purposes, and it was also a great way for them to raise money."


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  • Amy Whaley Jul 27, 2016
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    lol, this is a published article from an atty at a law firm that has an advertising dept that places the disclaimer on all articles to cover themselves from the sue happy fools.

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  • Edward Anderson Jul 27, 2016
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    Bwahahahah!!!! ROTFL!!!

  • Chase Truman Jul 27, 2016
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    Soooo, Democrats can't be Christians or be religious? Wow, you really are clueless. SMH

  • Judy Loftin Jul 27, 2016
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    Democrats are Godless.. When and if the republican's become Godless, I will not vote for them either. When Christians are removed, the world will be hell on earth. They will remember and regret their decision.

  • Melvin Denis Jul 27, 2016
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    My kids used to tell me their brother made them do it. Adults take responsibility for what they do. I am a registered Republican, but I will vote Democrat for all state offices this year because of the stupid HB2 law to curve a nonexistent crime wave in NC public restrooms and the total waste of taxpayer money defending it. If the republicans loose the election they can blame someone else, but it will be there own fault.

  • William Patterson Jul 27, 2016
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    who is to blame for McCrory ...they should be held accountable....

  • Gladys Williams Jul 27, 2016
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    Pull your mask up McCoalAsh....your hate is showing! He's made our state a Joke! #LeaderOfTheFingerPointers

  • Aiden Audric Jul 27, 2016
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  • William James Jul 27, 2016
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    If transgender bathroom use was never real problem and manufactured by the democrats, why would the governor insist on keeping the law active? I mean the topic has already been decided at the federal level, there is no way to enforce the law, and the penalties are adding up in the millions in a poor state. Just saying, all this Hoopla about non-sense, when there are real problems to be addressed in this state.

  • Marc Nichols Jul 27, 2016
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    he literally talk out of the side of his mouth. the right side of course.

    when will someone in the media walk him through a point by point discussion of whats also in the bill? All they talk about is the ruse the GOP and McCrory use to scare blue haired old ladies in Boone and red neck haters in Roanoke Rapids