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North Carolina Governor Calls LGBT Criticism 'Political Theater'

"This political correctness has gone amok," said N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory

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    North Carolina Governor Calls LGBT Criticism 'Political Theater'
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    People protest outside the North Carolina Executive Mansion in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, March 24, 2016. North Carolina legislators decided to rein in local governments by approving a bill Wednesday that prevents cities and counties from passing their own anti-discrimination rules.

    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.