North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) told the Wilson Times in an interview published Thursday he has attended the “Moral Monday” demonstrations that have drawn thousands to the state capitol each week since spring, to protest GOP policy in the state. His impression of the protesters was less than flattering, according to the paper.
“I go out in the crowd all of the time,” McCrory told the newspaper on Wednesday. “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.”
This week’s protest expressed outrage at a restrictive anti-abortion bill GOP lawmakers are pushing through the state legislature, tacked on to a bill about motorcycle safety. More than 700 people attended the protest, and 64 were arrested.