Just days after the El Paso shooting Pat McCrory compared his HB2 protestors to “the Klan times two”
This past Sunday, ex-Governor Pat McCrory chose to go on Meet the Press not even 48 hours after the white supremacist massacre in El Paso and center himself in the wake of the deadliest attack targeting Mexican immigrants in modern US History. Supposedly there to discuss how the nation should address gun safety and white nationalism, McCrory, in a cynical display of whataboutism, expressed that “the Left” was just as violent as right-wing white nationalist groups and cited his personal experience with anti-HB2 protesters to back up this claim.
The next day on his radio talk show, McCrory addressed his controversial Meet the Press claims. He doubled down on his accusations that “the Left” is just as dangerous as white supremacist terrorists, and claimed that antifa members, who McCrory alleges attacked his taxi following President Trump’s inauguration, “were like the Klan times two.” There was wide coverage of protesters heckling McCrory at the inauguration over his involvement in the discriminatory HB2 bathroom bill, but no reports that protesters were members of antifa. Furthermore, no mainstream media reports of the taxi attack exist.
In sum, McCrory equated an anti-immigrant massacre that killed 22 people in El Paso and an unknown number of lives lost in lynchings by the KKK to unidentified protesters supposedly beating on his taxi. More disturbingly, his talking points align with the Trumpian narrative and lackluster response to the growing threat of white nationalism.