Trump had said in April that he thought North Carolina made a big mistake passing the highly-controversial House Bill 2.
‘North Carolina did something that was very strong, and they’re paying a big price and there’s a lot of problems,’ Trump had said during a town hall meeting on NBC’s The Today Show.
HB2 bans all local LGBTI rights ordinances in the state and was rushed into law to override an ordinance in Charlotte that would have allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of their gender identification.
Trump had previously went so far as to say the law is unnecessary.
‘You leave it the way it is,’ he said during The Today Show appearance. ‘There have been very few complaints the way it is. People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate.’
‘There has been so little trouble, and the problem with what happened in North Carolina is the strife and the economic punishment they’re taking.’ Trump added.
The candidate then said in May that he thought President Barack Obama had gone too far in trying to protect the bathroom rights of transgender people.
The Obama administration issued directives calling on public school districts to let transgender students use bathrooms matching their gender identity.
Trump told Fox News of the directive: ‘Well, it’s not fine. ‘I would generally speaking leave it to the states to decide. Obama’s getting into a very tricky territory. We have to protect everybody … but this is such a tiny part of our population. I would really leave it up to the states.