He proclaimed himself a friend of LGBT and publicly stated that trans people could pee wherever they want. But now the Republican Presidential candidate seems to change his mind. As he bids to win over the Republican mainstream, Trump has shifted rapidly towards party line – first insisting he would leave the issue should be left up to states, before today weighing in against trans equality. Speaking to the Raleigh News & Observer today, Trump said he had “looked into” the issue and agreed with North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory who has defended the law. He said: “I’m going with the state. They know what’s going on, they’ve seen what’s happening. I’ve spoken to your Governor, I’ve spoken to a number of different people, and I’m going with the state.” The candidate had demonstrated his flop-flopping on the issue previously, when he backed down from his pro-trans stance and claimed “it’s a new issue and right now I just don’t have an opinion”. JoDee Winterhof of the Human Rights Campaign said: “Let’s be clear, Donald Trump just gave one of the nation’s worst laws for LGBTQ people a full-throated endorsement.
“By buddying up with Governor Pat McCrory on the deeply discriminatory HB2, Donald Trump is unabashedly embracing a dangerous law that takes away the civil rights of LGBTQ people and has cost North Carolina not only its reputation but millions of dollars in economic losses.”
Equality NC Executive Director Chris Sgro said: “Donald Trump’s garbled comments on HB2, the worst anti-LGBT law in the nation, show that he does not grasp the issues critical to the state of North Carolina. Over and over, he has shown himself to be unqualified as a Presidential candidate, and no friend to gay and transgender people. We must resoundly reject his ill-informed discrimination in November.”