This morning’s Fayetteville Observer features another scathing editorial on HB2 and, in particular, the comment uttered Monday at a rally supporting the law by State Senator Eldon “Buck” Newton of Wilson. According the editorial, Newton “let the bigot out of the bag” when he urged rally attendees to “fight to keep our state straight.”
Here’s the Observer:
The writers, sponsors and endorsers of House Bill 2 have pulled off their scam: They’ve called it the “bathroom bill” so many times that most people are convinced that’s what it’s about….
It is a sweeping act of social engineering hidden under a skillfully organized campaign to gin up fear of who may be in the next stall in the ladies’ room. The manufactured hysteria over transgender use of restrooms is a triumphant public-relations victory that solves a nonexistent problem. There is no evidence anywhere that transgender people are using an opposite-sex disguise to molest women and children. There is, however, extensive evidence of discrimination against transgender people, as well as those who are gay or lesbian. House Bill 2 ensures that they have no protection from it.
Why? State Sen. Buck Newton, the Republican candidate for attorney general in November, let the bigot out of the bag as he wrapped up a speech to HB2 supporters on Monday. Take the message home, he said, about “how hard we must fight to keep our state straight.”
We doubt that Newton is that naive….Newton was indulging in the same successful pandering that House and Senate leaders used to justify House Bill 2, and that Gov. Pat McCrory continues to use as he tries to walk the fine line that will preserve his support from social conservatives, even as he seeks tweaks that will make the bill less offensive to the business support he lost by signing the bill.”