Yesterday I had a conversation with Wilson Times reporter Janet Conner-Knox who read me a quote from Gov. McCrory that I simply could not believe I heard. This morning she reported it in this story. Here’s the excerpt:
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.’”
Got that? According to the Governor, he has been a regular attendee at Moral Mondays.
Now, by “crowd” he could also mean something more generic I guess. But frankly, it strains credulity to think the Guv has attended multiple Moral Mondays without anyone (like the news media) noticing. The comment he made to Conner-Knox is especially strange given that he uttered it on Wednesday and the only event he could have attended on Tuesday (the “yesterday” he referred to) was a pro-choice event at which he would have stuck out like a sore thumb.
Frankly, it’s hard to know what to make of such a strange statement. Is the Governor simply confused? Is this something like Ronald Reagan’s infamous comment in which he mixed up his participation in a movie with the actual liberation of a WWII concentration camp? Judging by the blatant distortion/fib he told Conner-Knox about the demise of emergecy unemployment benefits earlier in the story, anything is possible.
As I told Conner-Knox, however, if the Guv is serious about all of this, there’s a simple way for him “go out in the crowd” in a meaningful and productive way:
If he really wants to interact with this growing movement and its many legitimate concerns, he should come up to the podium and speak. 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.
Anyway, stay tuned for more details, but don’t get your hopes up.