Tennessee

GOP leader vows retribution for transgender ‘blackmail’

Gerald McCormick

Gerald McCormick

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — House Republican leader Gerald McCormick is vowing retribution for companies that spoke out against a transgender bathroom bill in Tennessee.

While McCormick said he favored a decision to withdraw the bill for the year, the Chattanooga Republican called it counterproductive for businesses to have become involved in lobbying for the measure’s defeat.

McCormick received applause on the House floor on Tuesday for suggesting that lawmakers should consider limiting tax incentives and grants to those companies in the future.

In McCormick’s words: “All these companies who tried to blackmail us for this thing, when they come for their corporate welfare checks next year, we need to have a list out and keep an eye on them.”

The bill would have required students to use restrooms corresponding to their birth gender.

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