The presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump has now flip flopped on his HB2 stance, insinuating to Fox news that White House directives shouldn’t protect tiny parts of the population and that civil protections should be left to individual states.
It’s the bill that’s divided the nation. Musical legends have boycotted the state because of it, cities have lost hundreds of millions in investment and millions in lost revenues – and now Donald Trump has flip-flopped on his stance – saying that he disagrees that federal laws should support, “such a tiny part of our population”.
HB2 bans all LGBT+ right ordinances in North Carolina.
In March North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed a law which would allow business owners to discriminate against LGBT people on the grounds of religious belief.
The law also requires trans people to use the public toilet that aligns with the gender that is on their birth certificate.
Previously Trump had said that the law was unnecessary, but has seemingly u-turned after President Obama recently issued directives which called upon public schools to allow trans students to use the toilets they were most comfortable using.
Trump told Fox News,
‘Well, it’s not fine. ‘I would generally speaking leave it to the states to decide. Obama’s getting into a very tricky territory. We have to protect everybody … but this is such a tiny part of our population. I would really leave it up to the states.