North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday dismissed criticism of a controversial new law curbing LGBT anti-discrimination protections as "political theater" concocted by left-wing activists.
In an interview with NBC News, he accused the activists of a "calculated smear campaign" that included threatening local businesses to oppose the measure.
"This political correctness has gone amok," he said.
McCrory, a Republican running for re-election, said he would not back down from the measure, which blocks the city of Charlotte — and any other local government — from allowing transgender people to use bathrooms that match the gender they identify with.