Pat McCrory’s appalling move in support of discrimination
By D’ANNE WITKOWSKI
In a move that only the most hateful and ignorant people will applaud, McCrory asked that $500,000 be taken from the state’s disaster relief fund in order to help pay for the state’s lawsuit supporting HB2, the anti-LGBT bill that has been taking the state by storm.
There’s a whole heap of suing going on in North Carolina. First, the Department of Justice is suing the state over HB2 because it violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But North Carolina didn’t like that much and decided it would sue the federal government right back.
North Carolina’s attorney general is Roy Cooper, a Democrat who is hoping to become the state’s next governor. He has refused to defend HB2 because it’s “some bullshit.” Okay, he didn’t really say that. But he did call it a “national embarrassment,” which is pretty much the same thing.
And since Cooper won’t defend the law, McCrory has hired outside lawyers to do it and outside lawyers don’t come for free or for cheap. Hence the half a million dollars being pilfered from a fund that helps pay for silly things like “relief” from “disaster.” Surely not something the fine people of North Carolina are worried about. It’s not like their state is vulnerable to flooding or hurricanes or tornadoes. And it’s not like the entire state shuts the fuck down if snow sticks to the ground. So I’m sure everything will be fine.
HB2 is priority number one, obviously, come hell or high water.