During an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said that Congress should revisit the entire 1964 Civil Rights Act so it can no longer be used to defend transgender bathroom rights.
Earlier this week, the Department of Justice announced that it would file suit against the state over its HB2 law, which prohibits transgender individuals from using the bathrooms they identify with. Hours later, McCory filed a counter lawsuit against the DOJ and the federal government. In the interview with Tapper, McCory said that his state was made “the target by the left,” and accused Democrats of blowing the issue out of proportion.
“I think that this was an argument that we didn’t need to have,” McCrory said. “But this is an agenda by the far left. And for some reason, the national media is saying the far right brought this up. I had no interest in this subject.”
Tapper asked McCory about bathroom policies in schools, using the example of a 12-year old who was born male, but identifies as a woman. When asked how that situation should be handled, McCory said that the girl should not be allowed to use the women’s room out of fear for the other children, adding that the school should “make special circumstances” — an idea which was found to be discriminatory by the Department of Justice.
“There’s an expectation of privacy for the other girls or other boys. Can you imagine the potential problem there?” McCrory explained. “And so we need to look through these problems and not throw hand grenades at these issues because it’s a new sensitive issue on all sides, for families, for young girls and boys, and for the transgender population.”
McCory called the Justice Department’s ruling “a massive interpretation of the Civil Rights Act” and called for it to be reviewed by federal courts. He went on to call the entire Civil Rights Act into question, saying that the 1964 bill should be reexamined by congress.”
“I think there’s a time where the Republicans and the Democrats in this Congress need to revisit the 1964 Civil Rights Act and revisit all this issue,” said McCory. “These are complex issues and North Carolina for whatever reason politically has become the target by the left on this agenda.”
Watch the video below, via Raw Story: