State senator defends 'Moron Monday' column, calling it satire - WNCT

State senator defends 'Moron Monday' column, calling it satire

Posted: Updated:
Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-District 9) published an Op-Ed in the Chatham Journal calling "Moral Monday" protesters "clowns," "the Loony Left" and "hippies." Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-District 9) published an Op-Ed in the Chatham Journal calling "Moral Monday" protesters "clowns," "the Loony Left" and "hippies."
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Another week of "Moral Monday" protests at the North Carolina General Assembly landed more than 60 in jail, bringing the total number of people arrested over six rounds of near-weekly demonstrations to more than 350.

But this week's protest attracted the attention of lawmakers on the both sides of the aisle in Raleigh and Washington, D.C.

The N.C. NAACP and primarily left-leaning groups have been protesting cuts to social programs, changes to voting laws and other issues championed by the GOP and the McCrory administration.

Over the weekend, a Republican state senator weighed in, referring to "Moral Monday" as "Moron Monday." Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-District 9) published the Op-Ed in the Chatham Journal calling the protesters "clowns," "the Loony Left" and "hippies."

"Several hundred people -- mostly white, angry, aged former hippies -- appeared and screeched into microphones, talked about solidarity and chanted diatribes," Goolsby wrote. He continued, "Between the screaming, foot stomping and disjointed speeches, it appeared more like ‘Moron Monday.'"

Goolsby says the column, entitled "Moron Monday shows radical Left just doesn't get it," is meant as satire.

"If you were to read the column, and come back and talk to me about the nature that it was written in, you would understand how it was written, and it was written in a joking manner," Goolsby said Monday.

When pressed about the use of the word "moron" in regard to his constituents, Goolsby replied, "Go read the column before you come and put cameras in somebody's face.  Go read the column and then ask me an intelligent question about it."

Democratic congressman Rep. G.K. Butterfield, who attended Monday's demonstration, called Goolsby's use of "Moron Monday" a poor choice of words.

"That's a poor choice of words," Butterfield said. "We have the same thing in Washington with congressmen making statements that are mean spirited. I would hope that this representative would not do that in the future."

What do you think? Weigh in on Derick Waller's Facebook page.

Goolsby says his column was meant to draw attention to the fact that protesters were absent "when the Democrats were bankrupting North Carolina."

"Just three years ago, North Carolina was in a deep crisis," Goolsby wrote. "The treasury was empty with a multi-billion-dollar deficit. The state health care plan was bankrupt. The state retirement plan was underfunded by hundreds of millions of dollars. A multi-billion-dollar debt was owed to the federal government for money loaned to the state during the Great Recession for unemployment benefits."

Goolsby said, "I'm still waiting [for someone] to tell me where all these protestors were."

RELATED STORIES

RELATED LINKS

Derick Waller

Derick is a reporter for WNCN covering crime, education, politics and just about everything in between. He has a knack for adapting to any story and consistently delivers information quickly across multiple platforms. More>>

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

    Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-04-22 18:49:19 GMT
    Image from CNN/KHOU-TVImage from CNN/KHOU-TV
    In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...
    In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...
  • Owner of Raleigh 'Party Mansion' guilty of tax evasion

    Owner of Raleigh 'Party Mansion' guilty of tax evasion

    Monday, April 14 2014 4:07 PM EDT2014-04-14 20:07:04 GMT
    Claude Verbal II, who now lives in Miami, pleads guilty to a number of federal tax evasion charges.
    Claude Verbal II, who now lives in Miami, pleads guilty to a number of federal tax evasion charges.
  • Indictment: Prosecutor was target of Wake Forest kidnapping

    Indictment: Prosecutor was target of Wake Forest kidnapping

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:57:33 GMT
    The U.S. Department of Justice said Kevin Melton has been charged with conspiring to kidnap in relation to the abduction of Frank Janssen from his Wake Forest homeThe U.S. Department of Justice said Kevin Melton has been charged with conspiring to kidnap in relation to the abduction of Frank Janssen from his Wake Forest home
    Nine people have been indicted in connection with the kidnapping of a Wake Forest man whose daughter prosecuted a high-ranking member of the Bloods street gang.
    Nine people have been indicted in connection with the kidnapping of a Wake Forest man whose daughter prosecuted a high-ranking member of the Bloods street gang.
Powered by WorldNow

3221 South Evans Street
Greenville N.C. 27834

Telephone: 252.355.8500
Fax: 252.355.8568
Email: newsdesk@wnct.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.