World's Smallest Violin: McCrory Faces Backlash After HB2
Last Friday, McCrory after addressing the potential destruction Hurricane Matthew could cause NC, he was the headline speaker at a Family Research Council event, classified as a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The audience consisted of mostly right-wing pastors who McCrory was calling out to in hopes of gaining their support on HB2 and for his reelection. During his speech, he turned HB2 into a story claiming the backlash towards him and his wife is unfair, rather than focusing on the real issues associated with HB2.
“Most headlines are saying McCrory is either tied or losing because of HB2,” he said. “And I suppose if I lost, the national media will say governor, in fact the New York Times and the Washington Post were saying today, that the only reason McCrory’s in a tough race is because of HB2. I happen to disagree with that, I actually was catching grief through my whole tenure.”
He said that companies have been hypocritical by withdrawing business from the state while conducting transactions in countries hostile to human rights. “But they do have the media on their side, and they have a lot of voters on their side now too because the voters don’t understand the issue,” he said.
McCrory had similar sentiments for the college sports boards withdrawing their championship games in protest of the law.
“When you hear about the NCAA canceling things,” he said, “there is no NCAA really, the people who run the NCAA are the presidents of the universities. So the headlines don’t say presidents of the universities boycott North Carolina, it says the NCAA or the ACC. These are the presidents of our schools… So they made a decision to boycott the 9th largest state in a private meeting, with no public notice and yet the people they have are not-exempt, tax-pay supported presidents. And they see nothing wrong with it. It’s amazing, the hypocrisy.”
“My wife and I ,” he went on, “we’re being shunned for a political disagreement, a value disagreement…And it’s personal, it’s death threats. Last week I was verbally assaulted by a 21-year-old drunk student. And she was arrested. And those are tough. Everyone says, ‘Gosh you must have thick skin.’ I don’t have thick skin, I just hide it…It gets to me, I just hide it until I go home and sit in a room or walk a dog and I go, ‘Wow, this is depressing.’ So I need to let you know it’s not easy.”