Former North Carolina governor Pat McCrory says that he’s now jobless, and that no one will hire him because he’s associated with his state’s hugely unpopular “bathroom bill”, also known as HB2.
Speaking to a North Carolina-based Christian news site called, the WORLD, McCrory, who left office Jan.1, says his reputation has been “ruined” by “political correctness.”
“If you disagree with the politically correct thought police on this new definition of gender, you’re a bigot, you’re the worst of evil,” he told the site’s podcast. “It’s almost as if I broke a law.”
HB2, passed in 2016 and signed by McCrory, rolled back a number of protections for LBGT people in NC. Its most talked-about provision required people to use the public restroom associated with the gender on their birth certificate. The bill became the object of national opprobrium, and was probably the reason McCrory narrowly lost his bid for reelection in November, despite an otherwise clean sweep for the NC GOP.
Now McCrory complains that his efforts to find employment have suffered because groups opposed to HB2 have waged an all-out war on his reputation and that potential employers fear that they’ll face the same repercussions the State of North Carolina did over the bill.
The law has, “has impacted me to this day, even after I left office. People are reluctant to hire me, because, ‘oh my gosh, he’s a bigot’ – which is the last thing I am,” he said.
Instead, he said, he simply resisted efforts by Democratic lawmakers to redefine gender.
If McCrory seems paranoid, it might be because he has reason to be. In January, McCrory was coming out of a meeting in DC, when a group of protesters ambushed him, screaming “Shame! Shame! Shame!”
McCrory refused to say whether he’d join the Trump Administration if asked – after all, they still have a lot of openings – but did say that President Trump is a “breath of fresh air.”