RALEIGH – The petulance emanating from Blount Street is remarkable. Governor Roy Cooper and his fellow Democrats turned the spin machine up to 11 when Republicans took advantage of a favorable set up on the House floor to override the governor’s veto of the biennial state budget. Their sulking translated into smearing Republicans as “cheaters” that lied to and tricked Democrats during a 9/11 memorial service to hold the vote.
It’s a lie, and Cooper is doubling down on the narrative in order to demonize Republicans and raise campaign funds.
“Tony, yesterday was a dark day for democracy in North Carolina.
Republicans in the General Assembly lied — to the media and Democrats — and called a deceptive, surprise vote to override my budget veto.
But I want to reassure you, my colleagues and I will not yield.
I vetoed the GOP because it valued corporate tax cuts over investment in public education and denied healthcare to 500,000 working North Carolinians.
For months, instead of negotiating, this Republican leadership attempted to bully and bribe Democrats to try to overturn my veto. When they couldn’t get the votes, they lied and cheated.
All North Carolinians lost yesterday. Teachers lost yesterday. Those without health insurance lost yesterday.
But this fight is far from over, Tony.
This Republican leadership is not reflective of who we are as a state.
These officials were elected under illegally gerrymandered districts and I believe they are the last gasp of a dying majority.
Last year, even under terrible and unfairly drawn districts, we broke their supermajority in the House and Senate.
Now, every single one of these members will be up for election.
Together, we can ensure that they answer to the people of North Carolina.
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I will not yield,
The ‘I will not yield’ language is a quote from Rep. Deborah Butler (D-New Hanover), one of the few Democrats on the House floor when the veto override vote was called. She went ballistic, sensing that her caucus dropped the ball, and the natural response was to bring out full hysterics, screaming at the Speaker, “I will not yield!”
It has now become the new battle cry for the Democratsi, in order to perpetuate a narrative that Republicans bulldozed the Democrats unfairly, but we know that’s not true.
What is clear is the childish reaction of Democrats upon losing a game in which the rules were set for all to see, and followed by the opposing team.