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HB2 debate follows McCrory out of office

Gov McCrory talks about HB2 'elephant in the room' at Rotary luncheon

Gov. Pat McCrory touched on a lot of topics, including HB2, which he called "the elephant in the room", as spoke to the Rotary at the Fairfield Inn in Charlotte, N.C. Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016.
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Gov. Pat McCrory touched on a lot of topics, including HB2, which he called "the elephant in the room", as spoke to the Rotary at the Fairfield Inn in Charlotte, N.C. Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016.

Seems like former Gov. Pat McCrory has become the go-to guy for national news media covering the transgender bathroom controversy.

On Monday morning, McCrory added to his recent interviews in a spot on National Public Radio. Introduced as “the politician who rose to national attention because of this issue,” McCrory said he had nothing to apologize for by standing up for the “common sense” measures behind House Bill 2, while the country debates whether the Civil Rights Act of 1964 should be rewritten.

He said he supports the Trump administration’s recent decision to revoke President Obama’s order that gave transgender students the right to use restrooms in public schools that correspond with their gender identity.

“I think we’re in a very, very uncharted situation, and we’re changing the very values that we’ve used in our schools for decades and decades,” McCrory said. “This is a major change in cultural norms.”

“What do we do about our prison systems?” McCrory said. “What do we do about our YMCAs? What do we do about our highway rest stops? And how do we define gender identity from a legal standpoint – or even the word ‘transgender’ or ‘transgender expression.’”

In a more-than-three-minute video posted on Facebook by Udai Basavaraj, former N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory, television personality and conservative pundit Lou Dobbs and three unidentified women are approached by people on the street who shout “Shame!” a

Outgoing Gov. Pat McCrory reflects on the past four years in a video released by his office on his last day as governor.

Craig Jarvis: 919-829-4576, @CraigJ_NandO

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