North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory (R) pledged during his campaign that he would not enact any new abortion legislation as governor. On Monday night, he did exactly that, signing a package of severely restrictive abortion legislation into law. And on Tuesday afternoon, he attempted to apologize for his breach of voter trust. With cookies.
McCrory, along with four security guards, came out of the governor's mansion gates to deliver cookies to the crowd of pro-choice protestors gathered there. He handed the plate of baked goods to one of the protestors who said the governor told her, "These are for you. God bless you, God bless you, God bless you," before waving and walking away.
Unsurprisingly, the protestors weren't thrilled with the delivery.
The protestors also started chanting, "Hey Pat, that was rude. You wouldn't give cookies to a dude." Make sure to check out the #letthemeatcookies hashtag on Twitter right now.
The new law signed by McCrory requires abortion clinics to adhere to the same facility standards as surgical centers, meaning the 15 of North Carolina's 16 abortion clinics that don't currently meet those standards will likely shut down. The law also bars health insurance offered in the state's Obamacare insurance marketplaces from covering abortion and takes health insurance benefits that help pay for abortions away from city and county employees.
The abortion restrictions were virtuously tacked onto a completely irrelevant motorcycle safety bill by North Carolina Senate Republicans.
But nothing a plate of cookies won't fix, right?