Pat McCrory compared his failure to find a job at Duke University to the segregation of the 1960s

McCrory, who is now running for the US Senate in a Republican primary, instead took a job as a local radio host where he made the comments, which were reviewed by CNN’s KFile as part of a rhetoric preview which he used after leaving office in 2017. McCrory served as Governor of North Carolina from 2013 to 2017.

“The principal of the political school called me and said, ‘Governor, we have problems. We have alumni and big donors who don’t want you to come back to Duke to be part of that audience. school of politics,” McCrory said in January 2021, referring to a job at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

“You know what I said to him, I said, ‘If I come back to, if I come back to campus, will you serve me at the lunch counter?’ And I meant it.”

“Speaking of the ultimate blacklist, it was the African American students at A&T University in North Carolina who wanted to eat at the Woolworths counter, the lunch counter. And they turned them down. They were blacklisted because of the color of their skin,” McCrory added. “Other people are now being blacklisted because of our policy. And that’s both wrong. It’s both deplorable. And we need to call that out.”

McCrory was referring to the Greensboro lunch counter sit-in protests that took place in 1960 as part of the civil rights movement. Four black students from the historically black agricultural and technical college in North Carolina walked into the FW Woolworth store and sat at the whites-only lunch counter where they were denied service. The students, who were later joined by dozens and then hundreds of other protesters, were finally served after six months of non-violent protests, sparking similar peaceful protests across the country.

Earlier in the segment, in which McCrory and his guest talked about conservatives and alumni from former President Donald Trump’s orbit being “blacklisted,” McCrory said Duke originally intended to inviting him to be part of the School of Public Policy, but only rescinded after faculty and students protested.

“I was blacklisted by Duke University, I was – all the former governors of North Carolina were invited to work at Duke University’s Public Policy School, Terry Sanford Public Policy School – former governor,” McCrory said. “And so I went to talk to them and they said, ‘We would love for you to help us. And it wasn’t for money or anything. And within an hour of believing there were protests and signatures of students and faculty signed up saying, ‘We don’t want Pat McCrory back on the Duke University campus anymore.'”

Jordan Shaw, spokesperson for the McCrory campaign, told CNN that McCrory’s comments were clear and that he “has seen firsthand how the far left uses cancel culture to advance its extreme program.

“Governor McCrory moved to Greensboro in 1966 and was keenly aware of the profound impact the Woolworth sit-ins had on this community and on the nation,” Shaw said. “These students were and are heroes to him because they stood up against the ultimate evil. And their example inspires Governor McCrory to call for nullifying culture where it exists today, whether in politics, religion, academia, business or the media.”

A Duke University spokesperson told CNN it was inaccurate for McCrory to say that “all former governors of North Carolina have been invited to work at Duke University’s Public Policy School. and declined to comment further.

The former North Carolina governor lost his re-election bid in 2016 following controversy following his signing of HB2, commonly known as “the toilet bill.” The bill required people in government-run facilities statewide to use the bathroom corresponding to the gender listed on their birth certificate. According to a 2017 analysis, the massive backlash from the bill led to economic boycotts by consumers and businesses, costing the state hundreds of millions of dollars.
The controversial law was eventually repealed in 2017 by Governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat who defeated McCrory in 2016.
McCrory is running in a competitive primary, which includes Representative Ted Budd, who was endorsed by Trump last year. Last month, Club for Growth Action, the political arm of the conservative Club for Growth organization, which backed Budd in the primary, aired a television ad dishonestly misrepresenting and editing McCrory’s past comments on his talk show. radio on Trump and his supporters. As CNN’s Daniel Dale wrote at the time, the ad deceptively cut out McCrory’s quotes and framed them with misleading images, to portray him as an anti-Republican hypocrite who supported violence at the protests. of Black Lives Matter while broadly condemning Trump supporters.
As CNN reported in December, Cheri Beasley, the first black woman to serve as chief justice of the state Supreme Court, is the prohibitive favorite in the race for the Democratic nomination given her advantages. in name recognition, fundraising and approval over the remaining candidates.

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