Lee County commissioner declines interview after comments made about race on social media
Posted June 6, 2020 2:20 p.m. EDT
Updated June 6, 2020 3:30 p.m. EDT
Lee County, N.C. — Asked to respond to questions about recent social media comments, Lee County Commissioner Kirk Smith declined and deflected.
"In light of the fact that in the past, the media takes liberty to edit and often takes one out of context, I will decline an interview. I prefer emails as they provide one with evidence for the record," Smith wrote.
WRAL News reached out to Smith after several people shared comments he made about race on Facebook. Smith characterized those questions as "a concerted effort by the Progressives monitoring us, to silence my comments on FaceBook."
Smith is a regular participant on a Facebook group called North Carolina Truth Seekers / Formerly Lee County Truth Seekers.
In his email to WRAL News, Smith said he "will personally respond to each and every one of my constituents." It's not clear whether those he clashed with on Facebook are Lee County residents.
He shared his standard response, which reads:
Thank you for your concerns.
I appreciate your desires to silence me. All tyrannical types be they governments or groups will not allow opposing viewpoints and they fundamentally oppose those freedoms provided by our Constitution.
I am critical of the direction our culture is heading and will staunchly defend the foundational document establishing our liberties. I am sorry that those whose “feelings are hurt” must seek a “safe space” because of words.
Please feel free to appear before the Board of Commissioners to make a Public Comment. You will have three minutes to state your case.
Kirk D. Smith
FIRST SERGEANT (Retired)
Veritas vos Liberabit!