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As HB2 batters NC, McCrory laughs on the radio

N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory speaks to media at a recent news conference. He went on a popular radio show Tuesday where he and the hosts joked about HB2.
N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory speaks to media at a recent news conference. He went on a popular radio show Tuesday where he and the hosts joked about HB2. cliddy@newsobserver.com

Fallout from HB2 is hurting North Carolina. Gov. Pat McCrory is laughing about it.

The governor who launched this fiasco by signing House Bill 2 the day it passed went on the Charlotte-based “The Big Show with John Boy and Billy” radio program Tuesday and yukked it up about the anti-LGBT bill, which includes a measure preventing transgender people from using public facilities that align with their gender identity.

The governor suggested that Bruce Springsteen canceled his Greensboro concert not to protest HB2, but because “they only had 8,000 tickets sold, with all respect.” He accused PayPal and Apple of hypocrisy for criticizing the law while doing business in foreign countries with intolerant laws. The governor who’s made a career out of running interference for business even said businesses were “making a mistake by getting involved in politics.”

And there were guffaws when John Boy said he needed to take a break to go to the bathroom.

Between laughs, McCrory continued to misrepresent the bill as simple protection of privacy rather than what it is: a green light to discriminate against gay and transgender people.

After weeks of damaging national publicity and setbacks for the state’s economy, most governors would be hard at work figuring out a way to fix the HB2 mess.

Even McCrory acknowledged that he’s getting nowhere in finding a solution, and it may have to be resolved months from now by the courts. He said, “So, you know, maybe this is going to change with or without us, but it’s changing dramatically. According to George Orwell, you don’t get in the way of the thought police. But the sad news is we’re not even talking about it.” No, you’re laughing about it. And that’s the even sadder news.

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