Conservatives aren’t great on governing, but they’re always available when it’s time to lecture the citizenry:
McCrory said he has come out to hear what protesters are not happy about on the Moral Monday protests.
“I go out in the crowd all of the time,” McCrory said. “Frankly, yesterday I went out and talked to several of them and they were not very respectful. They did not represent the majority of those who call themselves moral by cussing me out. But that’s the way things go some times.”
Rob Schofield, of N.C. Watch Policy, said if McCrory has been coming to Moral Mondays he has done it in disguise and has avoided all media attention.
The Rev. William Barber, president of the state NAACP, said he has yet to see McCrory at any of the events either.
McCrory said he can identify with protesters because when he was mayor he also came to Raleigh at one point to protest. He said on the occasion he protested he did not break the law as some Moral Monday protesters do. “But I welcome, I welcome protesters,” McCrory said. “What I don’t accept is when they break the law. I don’t agree with them breaking the law and taking up valuable resources in that area to have to take them to jail,” McCrory said.
Schofield said he invites McCrory to come talk with them on Mondays.
“If he really wants to interact with this growing movement and its many legitimate concerns, he should come up to the podium and speak,” Schofield said. “Better yet, he should sit down and engage with its leaders in real and meaningful dialogue and condemn conservative groups – one funded by his budget director – that have printed scurrilous attacks accusing the Moral Monday leaders of corruption and theft.”
Barber said it is the governor who is disrespectful to the growing number of protesters assembled each Monday to have their voices heard.
“It seems that the governor is saying I’m hurting the poor and sick and disabled by denying Medicaid, but I’m doing it politely,” Barber said in a statement to the Times. “I’m snatching the only money unemployed people have away from them, but I’m doing it politely. I’m raising taxes on the working poor politely. I’m signing a bill that will hurt public education and allow racism in the court system, but since I’m doing it politely you should only criticize me politely.”
This is how conservatives in North Carolina responded to the Moral Monday protestors at first, before Governor McCrory had this miraculous (and completely not political) change of heart where he “welcomes” protests:
Organizers of the “Moral Monday” protests at the General Assembly are now firing back at Gov. Pat McCrory and other critics. The NAACP says the overwhelming majority of the arrests are North Carolinians, not out-of-staters as some have suggested.
“These protests are just prefabricated direct partisan attacks,” said Republican Party Chairman Claude Pope. The new head of the state GOP thinks they are outside agitators as Republicans push back hard. In an op-ed piece in the Chatham Journal, New Hanover County Republican Senator Thom Goolsby calls the protests, “Moron Monday,” and last weekend, McCrory called protestors “outsiders.”
“All they’re left to do is try to bring in outside group, whether they’re from Pennsylvania or from other parts of the state, union protestors, basically professional agitators,” said Pope.
ABC11 went looking for evidence of protestors from out-of-state, and didn’t find much.
In the court records from the 84 arrests Monday, four protesters were from out of state — two were from Georgia, one from Tennessee, and another from Colorado.
Organizers say of the 400 people arrested in total less than 10 have lived outside of North Carolina. They accuse Republicans of trying to delegitimize their movement.
“This is a common for the ultra-right and extreme,” said N.C. NAACP President William Barber. “They can’t defend their policies. So when you can’t do that, then you attempt to deflect and distort the records.”
McCrory’s smear campaign didn’t work, so it’s now time to “welcome” protestors.