Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is tweaking his stance on North Carolina’s transgender bathroom law less than a day after he voiced his opposition to the legislation and suggested the state should just “leave it the way it is.”
“I love North Carolina, and they have a law, and it’s a law that, you know, unfortunately is causing them some problems,” Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity in an interview Thursday night. “And I fully understand that they want to go through, but they are losing business, and they are having people come out against.”
“I think that local communities and states should make the decision,” he went on to say. “And I feel very strongly about that. The federal government should not be involved.”
“In other words, let the state decide,” Hannity responded. “Kind of like your positions on education, give it back to the states.”
“Yeah, let them decide,” Trump said. “Absolutely.”
The statements on Fox News came shortly after Trump faced backlash over an NBC interview in which he said that before the state’s controversial bathroom law, “there have been very few problems.”
Who says Sean Hannity doesn’t make news on those rare occasions he decides to have Donald Trump as a “special guest” on his program??
I wasn’t much of a fan of Prince, but he wrote some songs I liked — including Manic Monday by the Bangles. When the kids were very young, we would put on “Different Light” by the Bangles on weekends. They would get on the arm of the couch and jump off, and crawl back up and do it again, dozens of times. “Manic Monday” was their favorite.
So it seemed apropos to see Susanna Hoffs last night.
The show was billed as “Sweethearts at Largo” — and even if they didn’t do any songs from the Byrds’s “Sweetheart of the Rodeo,” the songs all had that late 60s and early 70s country rock vibe. There was some Neil Young, and Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, and of course some Bangles.
At the end, Hoffs said: “We want to play one more song.” She launched into a version of Prince’s “Take Me With U”:
I don’t care where we go
I don’t care what we do
I don’t care pretty baby
Just take me with you
It’s a song I have seen her perform many times, but this time was different. A couple of times, Hoffs started to sing a line and suddenly broke off, turning away from the microphone. Over at the piano, Jon Brion noticed and quickly took over the singing. From our fifth-row seat I could clearly see tears on Hoffs’s face. Hoffs resumed singing the lead vocals — beautifully, but with difficulty. In the last few seconds of the song, she could no longer face the audience, and finished the song playing the guitar with her back to the audience. When the song was over, everyone rose to their feet. Hoffs turned around and gave a quick, sad smile . . . and left the stage quickly, not to return.
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