North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory was taken to task on Fox News Thursday as he attempted to defend the controversial anti-LGBT law he signed in March, which eliminates all anti-discrimination ordinances in the state and prevents transgender people from using public bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity.
Appearing on Fox News Channel's, The Kelly File, hosted by Megyn Kelly, McCrory fielded pointed questions regarding the legislation.
“What was the fear that led to the enactment of this law?" Kelly asked.
McCrory claimed he had concern over an ordinance passed in Charlotte, which added gender identity and sexual orientation to the city's anti-discrimination protections. Kelly continued to press the governor on what actual problem the transphobic legislation sought to remedy.
“Why? What was the concern – specifically, what was the evidence that caused you to believe this was a problem?" she asked McCrory.
“I’ve been in women’s bathrooms my whole life," she told the governor. The Fox News host went on to explain what the inside of a women's restroom looks like to McCrory: "We don’t have the urinal situation. We got like the stalls."
Kelly referenced the debunked claim that transgender people are really "predators" seeking to assault women and children in public restrooms. The Kelly File host said, "We get to go in, we do our business, and like it’s not – we don’t see each other. So why are you concerned about young girls exposing themselves or seeing somebody else exposed in a women’s bathroom?”
After speaking about our nation's bathroom "tradition," McCrory became visibily agitated. “I can't believe we’re talking about this. This is not an issue that I started. This is an issue the left started, not the right,” he says, explaining that transgender people should be denied bathroom access because "this is the way we've been doin' it for years."
Pressing McCrory on the issue, Kelly asks him to provide a more substantial defense of his legislation:
“If you could get back to my question…the public restrooms…the question that many have is what is your fear because you know, there is a misconception that transgendered are somehow molesters and they’re not. That’s not true. Typically, male molesters are heterosexual and if they want to sneak into a bathroom they’ll do it. But 90 percent of the cases molestation happens with someone you know. So what is the fear about the transgender situation in the bathrooms?”
The debate over bathrooms has reached high-profile politicians such as Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. Cruz recently criticized Trump for stating transgender people should use whichever bathroom they feel appropriate. "If Donald Trump dresses up as Hillary Clinton, he still can't go to the girl's bathroom," Cruz said in a transphobic ad.
At the end of the segment, Kelly gives McCrory a chance to speak about the economic consequences of HB 2. She asks him, "Can you believe PayPal is pulling out of North Carolina even though they do business in Saudi Arabia where you can get killed for being gay?"
McCrory responds to Kelly by calling out the "selective outrage" of the corporate elite for a few seconds. "Over 21 other states have the exact same rules that North Carolina does," McCrory says.
"We'll see if Bruce Springsteen cancels his concerts in every single one of those states," says Kelly, alluding to the decision by Springsteen and other bands to cancel shows in the state due to the pro-discrimination legislation.
Watch the exchange between Kelly and McCrory in the clip below.
— Pat McCrory (@PatMcCroryNC) April 29, 2016