North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) cracked wise about his state’s anti-trans law even though it cost it the NBA All-Star Game, the Washington Post reported.
“All right, let’s be safe now,” McCrory said during an appearance at a Donald Trump rally in Winston Salem. “We’ve got a big crowd, so if you need to leave suddenly, we’ve got exits this way, exits this way and exits this way. And if any of you need to use the restrooms …”
The line was a reference to HB2, which bars the state’s trans residents from using restrooms according to their gender identity. The measure has generated national criticism of McCrory and state Republicans for pushing it through.
As Politico reported, the backlash reached the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, where an executive with the Raleigh-based company Citrix, Jesse Lipson, accused McCrory of not understanding how business worked by backing the law.
“Republicans may think they’re telling people which bathroom to go into,” Lipson said. “They’re actually telling people which market to stay out of.”
The Wells Fargo Center, where the event is being held, also had at least one all-gender restroom. Buzzfeed’s Dominic Holden posted a picture outside the room and noted, “It’s busy in there. Nobody seems phased,” as seen below.
This bathroom at DNC is being used by men and women. It's busy in there. Nobody seems phased. pic.twitter.com/TO1foJJSoZ
— Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) July 26, 2016
Meanwhile, the NBA announced late last week that it would be moving its all-star game out of McCrory’s state after negotiations stalled between the league and local Republicans. According to Time magazine, one estimate said that the move would cost North Carolina around $100 million in revenue.