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Say what? NC lawmaker calls for “civility in public discourse” after labeling HB2 opponents a “mob” pushing “a radical agenda”

David LewisNorth Carolina State Representative David Lewis appears to have established a new standard for illogic and self-contradiction recently in a defense of HB 2 he included in his recent “Capitol Connection” newsletter. The newsletter, which featured the very civil subject line “NY Liberals Know What’s Right for NC?” included this rather remarkable passage:

“Much of the outrage about this law has been created by those wishing to push a radical agenda forward in North Carolina. If Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and the mob she’s unleashed really care about the economic future of her city, they’ll stop the misinformation campaign immediately and start telling the truth about this commonsense bathroom safety law before more damage is done to the city she was elected to lead and the state Cooper was elected to protect.

I do respect the input I have gotten on this bill on both sides, but I would like to take this time to stress the importance of civility in public discourse. In order to understand each other, we need to temper the tone of our conversation to reflect the gravity of public discourse. I hope you will join me in doing so.”

Uh, gee whiz, Representative Lewis, we appreciate the sentiment about civility, but isn’t a little odd to issue such a call one sentence after having described those who disagree with you a “mob” pushing “a radical agenda”?

2 Comments


  1. Irving R. McPringle

    April 12, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    “Do as I say, not as I do!” Duh.

  2. Gene Hoglan

    April 12, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    A bit rich complaining about “NY liberals” when his party’s own leadership is from New York (Berger), New Jersey (Stam), Massachussetts (Rucho), and Ohio (McCrory).

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