Gov. Pat McCrory said he welcomed lawful demonstrations, but said the civil disobedience of Moral Mondays should not be given “credence.''
“Unlawful demonstrations should be unacceptable,'' McCrory told reporters Tuesday morning following a meeting of the Council of State on Tuesday morning. “But lawful demonstrations we welcome. That is the great part of our democracy.''
What McCrory should have said:
I understand the frustration of the demonstrators. Having exhausted all reasonable requests, they are turning to civil disobedience to ensure that their voices are heard.
The legislature in Raleigh is not a legitimate government. Republican supermajorities were gained through the most extreme and repugnant use of gerrymandering. Legislators must act NOW to redraw our undemocratic districts in time for the 2014 elections. They must also resign from their seats and run again in fair districts if we are to have any integrity as a state.
Freedom and fairness are at grave risk in North Carolina. I stand with the protestors in calling for the General Assembly to pull itself into line with basic standards of decency.
Governor Pat McCrory
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