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GOP chair criticizes media coverage of Moral Mondays

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

The head of the North Carolina Republican Party on Tuesday criticized the media for how it is covering the Moral Monday marches.

Claude Pope, who is a cousin of state budget director Art Pope, told reporters that the media was not covering the "inflammatory" rhetoric and theatrics of the marches properly.

Pope, the GOP state chairman, called the news conference at GOP headquarters to address the issue.

He was particularly irked at Monday's march in Raleigh, when marchers carried caskets in memory of four girls killed at a church bombing in Birmingham in 1963. Marchers sought to draw parallels between the Civil Rights struggles of the 1960s and the current changes in state law that will impact voting.

When reporters noted that GOP Tea Party rallies had protestors with inflammatory signs and rhetoric, Pope replied that there are "nuts" in both parties.

The Monday marches have been a strategy of the NAACP and other groups to mobilize opposition to Republican policies in North Carolina.

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