GOP to rally in response to 'Moral Monday'

Posted July 15, 2013
Updated July 16, 2013

— After 11 weeks of protests at the legislature over Republican-backed policy changes in North Carolina, the GOP plans to strike back Tuesday with its own rally showing support for the agenda.

The so-called "Thankful Tuesday" rally is set for 5 p.m. on Halifax Mall, behind the Legislative Building.

The event comes 24 hours after the 11th so-called "Moral Monday" protest. More than 700 people have been arrested during the weekly demonstrations, which protest everything from cuts to unemployment benefits to requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls to proposed regulations on abortion clinics.

Claude Pope, chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, sent an email to party supporters, whom he called "patriots," on Monday, outlining plans for the Tuesday rally.

"The theme of the event will be to thank our legislators for their efforts on so many major policy changes that were desperately needed in our state after decades of failed Democrat control," Pope wrote in the email.


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  • quiturwhining Jul 16, 2013

    heardit, my bad, I threw in an adjective that I didn't intend to be taken literally. Of course I know "all" of NC isn't at Moral Mondays and "all" of NC doesn't realize the damage that McC and his repubs are doing to the state. I know there are fools that voted for him! But you are the clueless and gullible one if you think everybody wanted him!

    And how ironic that YOU are claiming MY eyes aren't open when it's quite documented and clear how many 100's of people are attending the rallies. And it's only just begun. No, we're not squirming. We're speaking out for the citizens of this state in the face of an administration that is enacting changes that will hurt many. Luckily for you there have always been and will always be folks who speak truth to power and who speak out for ALL people, even people like you who would probably never return the favor.

  • 2xMom Jul 16, 2013

    Moral "Concerned with the principles of right and wrong behavior". And that is the voiced concern of the protestors on Moral Monday, I am a democrate raised in, probably the most republican family around (yes they still love me) so most of the time I can agree that both parties have + and - points. But the current government of NC has done nothing remotely positive for me, my job, my financies, my environment, or my health. They have been decisive, belittling and honestly as my grandma would say "gettin to big for their britches". I can not believe the majority of the citizens of NC agree with the damage they are causing, by their decisions both internally & externally. My dad even said he was thinking about voting democrate next time. THAT should scare them,,,he can hardly say the word.

  • jackjones2nc Jul 16, 2013

    Just not so sure a public celebration of corporate welfare and Jim Crow laws will go over well.

  • CrankyMan Jul 16, 2013

    Hallelujah! I am allowing my entire staff the afternoon off with pay if they attend (which seems to be 100% of them). I am truly thankful that the State checkbook is finally in the hands of those that know how to balance it, and that they don't let little whiner gatherings distract them from their (our) mission. Thank you GOP!

  • drjones74 Jul 16, 2013

    Looks like a whole 100 people are angry enough at Moral Monday to show up. What is this supporting anyway....celebration of kicking 70,000 people off unemployment or the attempt to create a State Religion?

  • normson7 Jul 16, 2013

    Why should I be thankful for the Republicans taking us back to Jim Crow?

  • prodigalrn Jul 16, 2013

    Gotta love it whenever a Republican uses the word 'Patriot' in an email, you know things are going to get real then! LOL

  • neverindoubt Jul 16, 2013

    kerouassady....re: the "so-called" perhaps only the word "MORAL" belongs after the SO CALLED. So if I support what our state government is undertaking, does that make me "IMMORAL"? Awfully self righteous, don't you think? Of course we realize that the protesters themselves have named their protests "MORAL MONDAYS". Many of us standing on the other side happen to be quite moral too.

  • Barely Jul 16, 2013

    Here comes the media, ready with their preconcocted stories of racism and violence at these rallies.

  • pingmanreturns Jul 16, 2013

    My God dukefan1, what are you smoking? No gov is designed to provide everyone with everything. Nothing to be thankful for, holy cow!