McCrory continues “war on facts” as he attempts to defend HB2
False claims abound as governor and allies attempt to defend the indefensible
RALEIGH -- In their attempt to ward off widespread criticism over HB2, Gov. McCrory and his allies have repeatedly resorted to pushing false claims and willful ignorance about their misguided and bigoted law. This week, Gov. McCrory’s “war on facts” continued with a disastrous appearance on Meet the Press.
Gov. McCrory tried to claim that the Charlotte ordinance overturned by HB2 would have affected “every private employer in Charlotte.” Politifact ruled the claim “Mostly False.”
Gov. McCrory also claimed that his bogus executive order last week was intended to “affirm and improve the state’s commitment to privacy and equality.” The Washington Post gave the claim “Three Pinocchios.”
Gov. McCrory also claimed that “We have not had any religious freedom bill introduced in the state of North Carolina. One reason is because I'm governor." But as WFMY fact-checkers pointed out, the “North Carolina Religious Freedom Restoration Act” was introduced in the House in 2015 -- by none other than Rep. Dan Bishop, the primary sponsor of HB2.
Gov. McCrory also admitted during the interview that he didn’t meet with a single transgender person before signing HB2, and laughably accused Hollywood of being hypocritical when it comes to LGBT rights because "The new Batman and Robin movie is playing in China.”
“Gov. McCrory is learning the hard way that bigotry is difficult to honestly defend,” said Gerrick Brenner, executive director of Progress NC Action. “If Gov. McCrory is unable to defend HB2 without resorting to false claims and bogus scare tactics, maybe he should not have rushed to sign it so quickly. North Carolina is losing millions in economic activity thanks to this discriminatory law, but instead of admitting he was wrong and calling for a full repeal of HB2, the governor is spreading false claims and attacking the messenger in order to save his own skin.”
Previous false claims made by Gov. McCrory and his allies in defense of HB2 include:
March 25: The McCrory campaign sent out a wildly misleading “fact check” about HB2, which earned the worst possible rating from WRAL’s own fact-checkers.
March 28: Gov. McCrory tried to claim that HB2 doesn’t take away “any rights that have currently existed in any city in North Carolina." PolitiFact ruled the claim “False.”
March 29: The right-wing NC Values Coalition sent out a list of “over 300 businesses” which supposedly support the law. When questioned by the Greensboro News & Record, the group admitted their list of “businesses” was actually 300 private individuals. Of the remaining handful of businesses, the largest -- Hanesbrand -- immediately asked to be taken off the list because they do NOT in fact support HB2. And another business on the list was actually found to be located in SOUTH Carolina!
April 6: After PayPal announced that it was canceling a planned 400-job expansion in North Carolina because of HB2, Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest tried to claim that PayPal’s gender-specific bathrooms would have been “illegal” under the Charlotte ordinance. PolitiFact ruled the claim “False.”