- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 12, 2016

​​North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest on Wednesday responded to the U.S. Department of Justice, calling their allusion to Jim Crow when talking about a law regulating bathroom use by biological sex “shameful.”

“To use Jim Crow laws is pretty shameful,” Mr. Forest told the Daily Signal, referring to comments made by Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch on Monday.

“The color of somebody’s skin, the pigment of their skin has absolutely nothing — zero — to do with what bathroom somebody goes into, what locker room or shower they use,” he said. “However, somebody’s biological sex has everything to do with which bathroom you use.”

Mr. Forest also said the Obama administration was using children as political pawns in the bathroom fight by threatening to withhold federal education dollars.

“They’re using it as an extortionary tool to really hold the children of North Carolina hostage to push their radical, leftist agenda,” he said. “It’s unfortunate they’re doing it. It’s really unprecedented in a lot of ways.”

North Carolina on Monday sued the Justice Department over the ultimatum. The DOJ has also filed a lawsuit against North Carolina, saying the bathroom law violates federal civil rights legislation.

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