NC Lawmaker Calls Obama Administration’s Bathroom Bill Attacks Appalling

NC Lawmaker Calls Obama Administration’s Bathroom Bill Attacks ‘Appalling’

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina state senator fired back at U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch after she compared the state’s bathroom bill to Jim Crow laws and likened it to state-sponsored discrimination.

“Frankly, I find it appalling that someone from North Carolina would work so hard to hurt the state where she’s from,” state Sen. Buck Newton, a Republican, told The Daily Signal in an interview Thursday. “I can’t conceive of a scenario where if I were in her shoes, even if I felt strongly about the policy that she’s trying to pursue, that I would go about it this way.”

Newton called Lynch’s words “extremely detrimental” and said he believes that the Obama administration is being unreasonable in its demands to allow transgender individuals into opposite-sex restrooms, showers, and locker rooms.

“We live in a country where people’s feelings and people’s rights have to be balanced between other people’s feelings and rights,” Newton said.

 

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balanced against other people’s feelings and right
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this is not the first time that we have seen discriminatory responses to
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historic moment for progress for a nation we saw it in the Jim Crow laws
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that followed the emancipation proclamation we saw it in the fearsome
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widespread resistance to Brown v Board of Education and we saw it in the
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proliferation of state bans on same-sex unions they were intended to stifle any
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hope that gay and lesbian americans might one day be afforded the right to
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marry what would you say to Laredo lunch after what she said this week frankly I
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find it appalling that that someone from from north carolina would would work so
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hard to hurt the state where she’s from III can’t conceive of a scenario where
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if I were in her shoes even if I felt strongly about the policy that she’s
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trying to pursue that I would go about it in this way it’s extremely
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detrimental but I think it goes to show that the links that this administration
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and I guess her particularly are willing to go to to really do that and in run
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around the will of the people of this country
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this isn’t just about North Carolina anymore and that’s important I think for
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for your listeners or readers to understand this is about the nation now
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this action is about a great deal more than bathrooms
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this is about the dignity and the respect that we accord our fellow
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citizens and the laws that we as a people and as a country have enacted to
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protect them would he say that the transgender community who
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feels discriminated against by this bill and will really feel they should have a
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right to use the bathroom which they identify with we live in a country where
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people’s feelings and people’s rides have to be balanced against other
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people’s feelings and rides and that’s part of what a lot of republicans about
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is collecting representatives to congress selecting representative
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legislature in in order to find policies that balance these things we think that
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there is room here for everyone’s needs to be accommodated I’m not dismissing
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their their their their claims of a need
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saying that they need to understand that in a in a republic that they have to
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also consider the rights and the burdens on the vast majority and their demand
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and the role in his demand does not account for any of that
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thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this thank you thank you for
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having me

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