Must see video: Tillis addresses Tea Partiers in same spot from which protesters were evicted

As most people are aware by now, General Assembly police officers and House sergeants-at-arms evicted 50 or so peaceful and respectful protesters yesterday from the second floor of the state Legislative Building under an obscure rule that purports to bar members of the public from the second floor of the Legislative Building if they do not have prior authorization. Mind you, this action was taken on a quiet day at the General Assembly in which there was no business on the House or Senate calendars and on which relatively few lawmakers were even present on a floor that literally teems with people during regular legislative sessions.

Interestingly. police and House Speaker Thom Tillis — who defended the action and, depending upon who you believe, may have even participated in it — took a decidedly different approach toward a gaggle of Tea Party protesters who visited the General Assembly during a busy session day last March.

Check out the video below to watch yesterday’s eviction juxtaposed with footage (posted by our friends at the Pope-Civitas Institute) of the Speaker and his Chief of Staff Charles Thomas speaking amicably with conservative protesters in the exact same second floor hallway

Evidently,  there is a bit of a double-standard as to which members of the public get access to the Legislative Building  these days: Agree with Tillis (or be a corporate lobbyist) and he’ll let you stay and even hang out with you. Disagree — even silently — and you get the boot.

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You can watch both of the original videos in their entirety by clicking here by clicking here.

5 Comments

  1. James

    February 17, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Thanks for this – and all you do.

  2. Adam Searing

    February 17, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    I still can’t believe the Speaker is so foolish as to think that barring the public from the General Assembly building is an acceptable tactic in our democracy. He might want to go back and take a look at the US – and North Carolina – constitutions.

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  4. Frances Jenkins

    February 18, 2012 at 5:42 am

    I canot believe the level to which American society has risen. You camplain about the right to assemble in the General Assembly being revoked. I am complaining about Media Matters and their practices of McCarthism . They, like you, are a nonprofit organization. The award of a $50,000.00 grant to monitor religious groups, just seem like a violation of the US Constitution. Do you use their talking point of hate for religious groups?

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