‘Trans bathroom bill’ author elected to Congress in North Carolina special election

Dan Bishop
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North Carolina Republican Dan Bishop has defeated Democrat Dan McCready in a special election to fill the Congressional seat left open after voter fraud invalidated the last election. Bishop is the author of the state’s infamous “transgender bathroom” law that spurred national outcry.

While Bishop’s bill tanked the state’s economy as businesses, conferences, and performers quickly started boycotting the state, lawmakers compromised with Democratic governor Roy Cooper to “tweak” the law and remove the bathroom portion. A ban on cities enacting human rights ordinances that go further than state law was left in place; the measure also repealed protections for LGBT people where they were already passed.

The bill was signed into law by Republican Pat McCrory who lost his office as soon as voters had a chance to vote on his performance.

McCready ran in the last election, but was beaten by far right evangelical minister Mark Harris. Allegations soon surfaced that Harris’ campaign had engaged in voter fraud to win the election and the results were annulled.

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Bishop won the seat with a scant 2% of the vote.

Bishop is a far right politician with longstanding animosity toward the LGBTQ community. Earlier this year, he claimed that stopping LGBTQ equality is like saving Jews during the Holocaust; he compared himself to Oskar Schindler.

Still that didn’t stop President Donald Trump from declaring himself the true victor of the night as he claimed credit for turning the Bishop campaign around. He tweeted that Bishop was “down 17 points 3 weeks ago” until he stepped in to support the campaign. There is no evidence that Bishop ever trailed McCready by that amount; the race has been neck-and-neck the entire time.


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