North Carolina’s Governor is now actively attacking businesses and employers who choose to opt-out of his state over its discriminatory anti-LGBT laws.

North Carolina lost a string of big investment ventures over Governor Pat McCrory’s decision to sign the contentious HB 2 – which voided all local ordinances protecting LGBT rights, banned transgender people from using their preferred bathroom, and permits businesses to discriminate against LGBT people on the grounds of religious belief.

McCrory continues to insist the anti-trans rules are “common sense”, but the state has faced a string of lawsuits, as LGBT groups believe HB 2 to be a clear violation of the US Constitution.

The NBA recently confirmed it would be moving its 2017 All-Star Game out of the state over concerns that LGBT players, employees and fans would be left without protection under the law.

But in the wake of the decision, McCrory has decided the sensible way to attract investment to his state is to lob abuse at people who have decided to leave.

In a statement, his office fumed at Adam Silver, Commissioner of the NBA.

It says: “Commissioner Silver has no credibility in telling America that he’s more ‘comfortable’ playing a basketball game in the People’s Republic of China with its oppressive human rights record, rather than the 9th most populous state in the U.S.A.

“This is another classic example of politically-correct hypocrisy gone mad.”

It added: “We are proud that Louisiana has joined 21 other states that are fighting for basic privacy expectations for our children and families in school restrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities.”