On Tuesday, during the North Carolina gubernatorial debate, Gov. Pat McCrory responded to a question from NBC News moderator Chuck Todd about which bathroom Caitlyn Jenner should use in Charlotte. We’ll give you one guess what his answer was.
North Carolina’s current government has been widely criticized and boycotted since HB2 was signed into law last March. The bill essentially removes protections for LGBTQ folk from discrimination, and has lost the state money, jobs, and Bruce Springsteen. McCrory, however, has stood strong on bigotry, insisting that people use “common sense gender-specific restroom and locker room facilities,” though his version of common sense means transgender people can’t pee in the bathroom that matches their identity.
Though it’s unlikely Caitlyn Jenner would touch one of North Carolina’s public facilities with a ten foot pole, McCrory makes it clear she would only be welcome in the men’s room. Surprisingly, he doesn’t misgender her, yet he also doesn’t seem to see anything odd about insisting a woman come into his locker room.
In the private sector in North Carolina, she can go wherever the private sector wants her to... If she’s going to a shower facility at [University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill] after running around the track, she’s going to use the men’s shower.
If you’re a man, you’re going to go to the man’s locker room, restroom or shower. If you’re a woman, you’re going to go to their appropriate shower. No change whatsoever.
According to The Huffington Post, Attorney General Roy Cooper, McCrory’s opponent, asked in his rebuttal, “Governor, what planet are you on?”