Responding in the wake of the Department of Justice’s counter-suit against North Carolina, NC Gov. says federal government should undo hallmark legislation of the 1960s.
This is how it starts.
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is still refusing to admit that his “bathroom bill” – the law known formally as House Bill 2 (HB2) mandating transgender persons use the bathroom of their biological gender – is overtly and unlawfully prejudicial, even following Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s announcement that the bill was found to be in direct violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
Speaking on CNN to host Jake Tapper Wednesday, McCrory accused Democrats of “starting a fight” over LGBT equality by passing an ordinance in the city of Charlotte which allowed, among other things, for transgender people to use public restrooms corresponding to their gender identity.
Last Wednesday, the Department of Justice officially notified McCrory and his administration that they had found HB2 to be direct violation of the aforementioned laws, giving them until Monday evening to confirm “that the State will not comply with or implement HB2,” threatening to withhold upwards of $800 million in annual federal education funding as collateral.
After originally disregarding the warning, McCrory announced Monday, his deadline to comply with the Department of Justice, that he would be suing the DOJ to have their notification overturned, which prompted an immediate counter-suit from Lynch.
Yesterday, McCrory changed tactics by suggesting that if his bigoted law legalizing segregation was indeed violating the most comprehensive piece of civil rights legislation in American history, then it would be worthwhile to ‘revisit the Civil Rights Act’ itself so that HB2 could be implemented free of federal intrusion.
“I think that this was an argument that we didn’t need to have,” opined McCrory, “But this is an agenda by the far left. And for some reason, the national media is saying the far right brought this up. 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.”
“What are you telling the teachers at schools in North Carolina,” Tapper countered, “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?”
As McCrory continued to deflect Tapper’s line of questioning, lamenting his “concern for the other kids” and the “expectation of privacy,” he then moved to suggest that if the Justice Department was going to get involved, it was time for Congress to rewrite their jurisdiction.
“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 this issue,” he said, “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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