This past Thursday, the North Carolina legislature came to the decision to repeal HB2, derisively referred to in the media as the ‘bathroom bill,’ after a year-long bullying campaign by the LGBT community. Despite finally getting what they wanted, liberals are still upset, calling the repeal “HB2.0” and “a repeal in name only.”
Q: During the presidential campaign the President said he was with the state on North Carolina’s law banning transgender people from using certain restrooms. The Democratic governor yesterday signed a deal to replace that law with a measure that civil rights groups still say is discriminatory. Does the President support this law?
MR. SPICER: I have not asked the President. I would say consistent with what he said during the campaign cycle he believes in states’ rights, so —
Q: — different issue, but what is the President’s personal view on bathrooms for transgender people and the way states should approach it?
MR. SPICER: I think that the President has made it clear — this issue came up when Caitlyn Jenner in particular came to Trump Tower and he said he didn’t really care. But I think it is a state and local issue, not one that he believes needs federal attention.
Mr. Spicer’s response to the question was in fact consistent with President Trump’s views on the issue during his campaign. When asked if he agreed with the HB2 law in an interview last summer, he responded, “Well, I’m going with the state on this one. The state is, uh, you know, they know what’s going on, they see what’s happening, and generally speaking, I’m with the state on things like this.”
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