President Trump has given a full-throated endorsement to State Sen. Dan Bishop in his race for U.S. House of Representatives. Bishop sponsored HB2, the infamous anti-LGBTQ law that nullified local non-discrimination ordinances and blocked trans people from using bathrooms matching their gender identity in publicly owned buildings.
The president congratulated Bishop for winning the Republican primary, and gave him a “Complete and Total Endorsement” as he takes on Democrat Dan McCready in a do-over election after signs of potential ballot fraud began to pop-up surrounding his opponent Mark Harris, who, like Bishop, is also an anti-LGBTQ Republican.
HB2 led to national, and international, headlines, and a boycott that cost the state billions in potential revenue, plus thousands of jobs. The compromised “repeal” bill, HB142, maintains much of the same anti-LGBTQ discrimination put in place by its predecessor, leaving many companies and organizations still hesitant to do business in the state.
Bishop (pictured below) has defended his continued “whole-hearted backing” of HB2, but appears ready to shift the dialogue elsewhere.
“People are astonished and amazed and dismayed at what they see coming out of Washington these days from liberal crazy clowns. Socialism. Open borders. Infanticide. 90% tax rates. Having prison inmates vote. It goes on and on,” Bishop told supporters Tuesday night, after his primary win, USA Today reports.
“And of course, most of all, an incessant drive to impeach the president.”
The battle for the 9th Congressional District promises to be fierce. While it went for Trump in 2016 by 12 percentage points, and has been in Republican hands since 1963, McCready, a former Marine and business owner, has built up name recognition through this highly covered race.
He has also managed to garner a lot of donations, with nearly $1.6 million in cash on hand as of May 2, according to Federal Election Commission reports. He outspent Harris more than 3-1, also helping raise his profile, key for a first time politician.
The moratorium on cities and municipalities in the state passing non-discrimination protections covering the LGBTQ community, and “regulating public accommodations,” such as bathrooms and locker rooms, runs out December 1, 2020.