In a radio interview with John Boy and Billy of âThe Big Showâ, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory went on a lengthy tirade against a litany of groups and individuals that have been vocally opposed to the anti-LGBT bill HB 2, which McCrory signed into law.
As weâve reported, the bill was drafted in an emergency session of the state legislature to overturn an LGBT rights ordinance approved in the city of Charlotte.
Speaking on Tuesday, McCrory denounced the Charlotte ordinance which in his words would have âallow[ed] people to determine their own gender identityâ regardless of âwhat their real gender is.â McCrory went on to say, âIf youâre a boy and you wanna be a girl you can use a girlâs bathroom.â
McCrory also showed that he didnât fully understand the Charlotte ordinance, something that could have been remedied if he had met with LGBT rights groups before signing one of the most aggressively anti-LGBT laws ever to exist in the U.S. Said McCrory, âThereâs also gender expressionâ¦I donât know what that means.â Charlotte, he concluded, âwanted to be the bathroom police.â
As for the backlash he and the state have received following the passage of HB 2, McCrory blasted many of the most high-profile opponents of the law. Of the Human Rights Campaign, who he met with, McCrory said, âTheyâre machiavellian, man.â McCrory added thatÂ he didnât understand why the ordinance was of concern to gays and lesbians. “This had nothing to do with gay and lesbian. This had to do with privacy,â McCrory said.
McCrory called company PayPal hypocritical for cancelling a planned expansion in North Carolina. âThey do business in the Sudan,â McCrory said. âThey cut your head off for being gay or lesbian but they canât do business in North Carolina.â
McCrory also insisted that he is not a bigot. âItâs the farthest thing I am,â he told the radio hosts.
As for Bruce Springsteen, who cancelled a North Carolina concert over HB 2, McCrory suggested Springsteen had an ulterior motive for pulling hisÂ show: âBy the way they only had 8,000 tickets sold but they didnât mention that…I doubt he read [HB 2] or understands it.â
Listen to the interview, below.