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FILE - In this June 24, 2016 file photo, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory speaks during a candidate forum in Charlotte, N.C. The NCAA has pulled seven championship events from North Carolina, including opening-weekend men's basketball tournament games, for the coming year due to a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people. In a news release Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, the NCAA says the decision by its board of governors came "because of the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections." The law known as HB2 was signed into law by Gov. McCrory earlier this year. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

The former NC governor behind the bathroom bill is having trouble finding work


Pat McCrory is one of a very select few who can put "Governor of North Carolina" on his resume. Apparently, that's not helping him much as he looks for work. 

He told Christian news podcast WORLD that his ties to HB-2, the law that required transgender people to use the bathroom matching their birth sex, has made employers less likely to hire him as a consultant.

"That's not the way our American system should operate, having people purged due to political thought," McCrory said.

People are reluctant to hire me, because 'Oh my gosh, he's a bigot,' which is the last thing I am.
Pat McCrory

McCrory isn't entirely unemployed. He said he's taking on work in the fields he worked in before becoming governor, though he didn't say who was employing him. But he said he's been denied opportunities to work in academia because of "student protests," The (Raleigh) News & Observer reports.

If you disagree with the politically correct thought police on this new definition of gender, you're a bigot. You're the worst of evil.
Pat McCrory

In past interviews, McCrory said that opponents of HB-2 had harmed his reputation.

The Human Rights Campaign wasn't exactly sympathetic.

McCrory lost a close re-election race to Democrat Roy Cooper. He did not concede until four weeks after Election Day.

A deal to repeal HB-2 was originally stuck in December, but it fell apart. Charlotte City Council had repealed its own non-discrimination ordinance assuming the state law would be repealed.

President Trump recently rolled back Obama-era guidance on transgender people and public school bathrooms, sparking widespread outcry.

Nationwide, 53 percent of Americans oppose laws like HB-2, according to a poll by the Public Religion Research Institute released last week. 39 percent of the 2,031 respondents favor the laws.

Those opinions are noticeably partisan. 65 percent of Democrats and 57 percent of independents oppose laws like HB-2, while just 36 percent of Republicans oppose them.

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