The Mecklenburg County GOP chairperson dismissed a party volunteer Sunday who tweeted a racially-charged comment about the state NAACP director under the political party’s account.
The tweet at 8:48 p.m. Sunday under the political party’s @meckgop account included a picture of the Rev. William Barber II, and said, “The Grand Wizard of the #MoralMondaysMorons #NCGOP #TeamPushBack.”
The grand wizard reference is to a white supremacist leader in the Ku Klux Klan.
Mecklenburg is the state’s most populous county, and prominent Republican state leaders Gov. Pat McCrory and N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis call it home.
Barber, the head of the state NAACP, has been the key figure organizing the weekly Monday protests during last year’s legislative session as well as this Saturday’s Mass Moral March which brought an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 to downtown Raleigh.
Brad Overcash, the chairman of the Mecklenburg Republican Party, said he found out about the @meckgop tweet Sunday night. He said he called the IT volunteer who had put it up and demanded an immediate resignation, as well as deletion of the tweet.
“I denounce the tweet,” Overcash told N.C. Policy Watch. “It was disgusting, wholly inappropriate and I’ve taken as quick and as swift an action as possible.”
Overcash declined to identify the volunteer, and said only a few people would have access to the party’s social media accounts in the future.
“This was not the position of the GOP in Meck,” Overcash said.
Below is a video postcard of Saturday’s march in Raleigh: