Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) says the state's controversial "bathroom law" has made it difficult for him to land a job after leaving office.
McCrory said in an interview with a World Radio podcast, according to the News & Observer, that the backlash following the law “has impacted me to this day, even after I left office. People are reluctant to hire me, because ‘oh my gosh, he’s a bigot’ — which is the last thing I am.”
He blamed liberal advocates who opposed the law, which requires that transgender people use the bathroom corresponding to their biological sex as identified on their birth certificate, for damaging his reputation.
“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,” McCrory said. “It’s almost as if I broke a law.”
Prior to President Trump taking office, reports circulated that McCrory would land a role in the new administration.
“They’re definitely going to take care of him,” a source close to Trump’s team told the Charlotte Observer in December.
McCrory did not say Monday, according to the report, whether he was being considered for a post in the Trump administration, nor would he rule out a future gubernatorial bid.
According to the report, the North Carolina Democratic Party issued a statement in response to McCrory’s interview.
“North Carolina has already lost hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity and thousands of jobs as a direct result of House Bill 2, but I guess we can start adding Gov. McCrory’s career to the total as well,” a spokesman said in a statement.