RALEIGH – After a grassroots effort called Reopen NC held a protest with hundreds calling on Governor Roy Cooper to lift the ‘Stay-at-Home’ order that is ruining livelihoods at a record pace across the state, lawmakers on either side of the aisle offered their perspective on the issue. Some Republican lawmakers and a congressman were actually there, standing with protestors to free the citizens from this overreach. Others, like Democrat Wiley Nickel, a N.C. Senator representing parts of Wake County, offered theirs too:
1️⃣ Today’s ReOpenNC protesters at the #NCGA are idiots/small fringe group
2️⃣ @NC_Governor is following the advice of medical health experts. Staying home saves lives
3️⃣ Keeping people alive is NOT a partisan issue
4️⃣ We care about each other in NC & will get through this together
— Senator Wiley Nickel (@wileynickel) April 22, 2020
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Before the Democratic senator throws up a strawman about saving lives not being a partisan issue (Of course it isn’t, the unconstitutional orders are), Nickel makes sure to open with his opinion that the mostly Republican group calling for the liberty to earn a living again are “idiots/small fringe group.”
That person whose small business has been shuttered, employees let go, and savings are running out — “idiot” according to Wiley Nickel;
That worker who got a pink slip due to the order, even though the virus hasn’t even touched their community, calling for a reopen so they can work and put food on the table — “idiot” according to Wiley Nickel;
Or, all those people that have the audacity to believe in the unalienable nature of individual rights and responsibility, and see the cost in lives and livelihoods of these orders as creating suffering unnecessarily — “idiots” according to Wiley Nickel.
Nickel was elected to the N.C. Senate in 2018, and has fully embraced his role as one of the chamber’s most ‘woke’ members (if you couldn’t tell). If you live in western Wake County, you might be interested in who is challenging Nickel in 2020. His name is Will Marsh, an Army Veteran and small-business owner. You can learn more about his campaign here.