Pat McCrory’s ap­palling move in sup­port of dis­crim­i­na­tion

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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.

Pat McCrory

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