RALEIGH – The Democrats in North Carolina, and actually around the nation, are working hard to spin N.C. House Republicans crafty veto override earlier this week. Governor Roy Cooper was incensed, calling the timely vote when most Democrats were out of the chamber an “attack on Democracy” and a shameless move. Shameless, because Cooper and other Democrats suggested that the reason most of the Democratic House members were not on the House floor was because they were at a 9/11 memorial ceremony.
The Washington Post even planted that notion right in it’s headline:
‘North Carolina Republicans vote to override a budget veto in half-empty Assembly during 9/11 remembrance’
What a dirty trick those Republicans played, most people must have thought when watching the evening news, taking advantage of a 9/11 ceremony to sneak a vote in.
Except, it’s not true. It’s spin. And the ‘misinformation’ got called out by a longtime capital reporter in Raleigh that is usually quite friendly with the certified Democratic narrative.
So much misinformation going around the #ncga today:
-Only one Democratic House member has been confirmed as attending a 9/11 event during the override vote
-Text message exchange included in a WRAL story (but reposted elsewhere without link) is between a reporter and Rep. Lewis
— Colin Campbell (@RaleighReporter) September 11, 2019
One single Democrat was at a 9/11 ceremony…in Raeford; Governor Cooper was at a ceremony (which is largely irrelevant); and all the other Democrats were apparently in the basement working to gerrymander their districts in the most self-serving of ways.
While it’s no surprise that Democrats would try to spin a narrative that makes Republicans look like callous, mean, cheaters, it’s notable that the Left’s spin is getting push back even from the capital press corps on Jones Street.
The second part of the Tweet relates to a suggestion that House Rules Chairman David Lewis was recorded via text telling someone he didn’t think there would be any votes the next day. Democrats wanted everyone to believe that it was they he told there would be no votes, but that ‘someone’ was actually a reporter. Late evening, obligatory responses to a reporter aren’t necessarily binding.
The 9/11 spin is interesting because of how it is more projection than anything. Democrats are criticizing Republicans for taking advantage of 9/11 for political gain, when they are blatantly exploiting it themselves to draw political sympathy and score political points against Republicans. AND it’s not true.
Nice try. The Left isn’t done hyperventilating yet, though. As the Senate considers when it might take up the veto override, Democrats will be getting louder as they sense their getting beat at their own game.