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Governor Pat McCrory sat down with NBC News’ Chuck Todd Sunday morning on “Meet the Press.” It didn’t go well. 

The North Carolina Republican has been under increasing pressure for signing HB2, a wide-sweeping anti-LGBT law that bans transgender citizens from utilizing public restrooms that most closely conform to their gender identity, voids all local LGBT nondiscrimination ordinances, and strips local municipalities from passing laws to regulate minimum wages or employment discrimination. 

On Sunday, McCrory told Chuck Todd that he’s facing immense pressure from a group more powerful than the NRA: the Human Rights Campaign. Actually, to be specific, he called HRC the “Human Relations Commission,” proving just how out of touch with their work he is.

And he drew a line in the sand, stating he will not sign a repeal of the “restroom” portion of HB2 – the most contentious portion of a law his own attorney general, and many other legal experts are calling “unconstitutional.”

McCrory also admitted that even though he had been warning the City of Charlotte for months about their proposed nondiscrimination ordinance that ultimately sparked HB2, he had never met with a transgender person to discuss either bill. 

Appearing defensive, McCrory called for more “dialogue,” as he did this week in a Washington Post op-ed. But he bristled when host Chuck Todd reminded him that “you guys debated for, like, one second,” HB2 before passing it. McCrory said the Charlotte City Council’s debate was also short, but it came after a great many hours of listening to testimony from stakeholders, citizens, experts, and nearly anyone else who wished to weigh in. It also came after more than a year of study.

The Governor also claimed that laws surrounding gender identity are new.

“This is a national debate that has literally come on in the last three months,” McCrory told Todd. “No one talked about it until Houston,” referring to that city’s equal right ordinance. That’s of course false. There are reportedly more than 200 laws across the nation that include gender identity.

In perhaps the most curious moment of his “Meet the Press” interview, Gov. McCrory took a swipe at Hollywood, which has come down hard on him for HB2. He suggested they are being hypocritical about LGBT people deserving equal rights because “the new Batman-Robin movie is playing in China,” a country with gross human rights violations.

Another uncomfortable moment came when McCrory boasted that even though corporations are literally moving out of state, taking over 1000 jobs out of state, signing letters urging him to repeal HB2, and entertainers like Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, and Cirque du Soleil are boycotting North Carolina, a few folks at a local “an African American buffet restaurant” recently thanked him.

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Many Americans are responding with anger over a photo tweeted out late Thanksgiving night of President Donald Trump’s adult children and their spouses sitting around a fire at Camp David, while the president was at the White House.

Since 1942 Camp David has served as a presidential retreat, and is a military installation staffed mostly by members of the Navy and Marines. The Trump children vacationing there requires more service members to work that day.

The photo was tweeted by Dan Scavino, a close associate to the president who first worked for Trump as a caddy, in 1992. Today he is the White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications and Director of Social Media.

In the photo are Donald Trump, Jr., who recently tested positive for coronavirus. He appears to be accompanied by his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, who battled the virus over the summer. Also present are Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner, Eric Trump and wife Lara Trump, and Tiffany Trump. Two other men are also seated by the fire.

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CNN host John Berman on Friday lit into President Donald Trump for going on an unhinged Thanksgiving rant about the 2020 election in which he once again falsely claimed that he won.

Berman in particular zeroed in on Trump’s seething anger at Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason, who asked the president on Thursday if he’d concede that he lost the election.

“He was yelling at Jeff Mason, who is the most mild-mannered reporter in America, who was asking one of the most obvious questions in America, which is, ‘Will you concede the race that you lost?’” Berman said. “I think it gave a window into where the president is this morning and how untethered to reality he may be.”

Guest Ron Brownstein shared Berman’s assessment and talked about the harm it’s doing to the United States.

“[He’s] doing real damage,” Brownstein said. “You’ve seen the polling: Three-quarters of Republicans now believe the election was stolen. We’ve never seen anything like this, an effort by a president to systemically undermine the results of the election.”

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Trump Serves Up Paranoid Election Conspiracy Rant for Thanksgiving: ‘Flick of a Switch Can Change Course of History’

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President Donald Trump on Thanksgiving broke weeks of refusing to answer questions from reporters, and focusing his anger on Georgia called its Republican Secretary of State “an enemy of the people” while brewing up an insane new conspiracy theory.

After praising GOP Senators in two run-off elections fighting to keep their seats, Trump said he told Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, “you have a fraudulent system.”

“You have a system where the flick of a switch or the putting in of a new chip can change the course of history.”

He also falsely claimed voting rights advocate and former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams had illegally “harvested” 850,000 ballots. In reality, Abrams says 750,000 Georgia voters have requested absentee ballots.

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