Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) has been in complete denial about a recently enacted law in North Carolina that discriminates against LGBT people. He has denied that it is discriminatory and he claims it hasn’t hurt the local economy. Now, he’s scoffing at a campaign that has already cost the state a half billion donors.
North Carolina legislators last month passed the law — known as “HB 2” — preventing localities from enacting LGBT nondiscrimination ordinances and from opening bathroom use for people based on the gender in which they identify.
Burr has been in complete denial about what the law does and its ramifications, first saying HB 2 “doesn’t discriminate” (it does) and then saying there hasn’t been any negative economic fall-out (there has).
In fact, a recent report from the Center for American Progress found that HB 2 has cost North Carolina more than a half a billion dollars so far. In addition to major corporations pulling business out of the state because of HB 2, popular entertainers have started cancelling shows there (former Beatle Ringo Starr was the latest).
And just this week, a group of U.S. Senators called on the NBA to move its All-Star game from Charlotte next year. When asked about the economic boycott campaign, Burr blew it off. According to Politico:
Further distancing himself from the rest of the GOP, Kirk has waded into issues that other Republicans aren’t too keen to get involved in. Asked about the attempt by Kirk and the Democrats to take the All-Star Game away from Charlotte, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) responded: “Oh, I’m not getting into that crap. Thanks.”
Despite evidence to the contrary, Burr continues to insist that HB 2 won’t deter businesses from investing in North Carolina. “I’ve still got companies talking to me about moving to North Carolina,” although he has not specified which ones.
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