With President-elect Donald Trump and soon-to-be-former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory meeting today, it’s worth reminding readers about Trump’s comments thus far on the discriminatory and vile HB2 (which cost McCrory his election — marking the very first time an NC Governor lost his re-election bid). During his campaign, Trump first said that he would personally “allow Caitlyn Jenner to use the women’s restroom at Trump Tower.” He then backtracked on the same day in an interview on Fox News, asserting that he would “leave it up to the states” and do nothing as President to protect LGBTQ people from discriminatory laws like HB2. He also told Jimmy Kimmel in late May that he’d “let the states decide” and that they would “do hopefully the right thing.” In an interview with Colin Campbell of The (Raleigh) News and Observer in July, Trump clarified just what the “right thing” was when he said, “I’m going with the state. The state, they know what’s going on, they see what’s happening and generally speaking I’m with the state on things like this. I’ve spoken with your governor, I’ve spoken with a lot of people and I’m going with the state,” he said.
McCrory was the face of HB2, which blatantly discriminates against LGBTQ people and violates the Constitution, our nation’s civil rights laws, and the Violence Against Women Act. It’s worth asking President-elect Trump just exactly where he stands on ensuring every American is protected from discrimination. At the very least, it’s worth knowing what he’s actually said about the most anti-LGBTQ law in the land.