Donald Trump returned to the stage on Saturday night, delivering a speech at the North Carolina Republican Party State Convention in Greenville, furthering his long exhausted list of false claims about the 2020 election and divisive rhetoric that was echoed by other NC Republicans.
Trump, who was twice-impeached and incited a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, spent much of his speech focused on doubling down on his disastrous record and dodging accountability rather than offering an agenda for the GOP that goes beyond increasing personal power and wealth.
This stands in stark contrast to efforts by President Biden, Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Democrats in Congress who have prioritized the recovery of our communities and economy amid the pandemic.
- In the past few months, Republicans across the country, including in North Carolina, have consistently pushed a wave of bills that blatantly target vulnerable communities, restricts abortion rights, undermines our educators, takes away our constitutionally protected right to peaceably assemble and strips away voting rights for millions of voters, particuarly eligible Black and Brown voters.
- While NC Republicans are focused on attacking our constitutional rights and violating our personal liberties, Gov. Roy Cooper and Democrats have been advocating for investments in schools, educators and job growth, improving the state’s infrastructure, affordable housing and expanding clean energy through President Biden’s American Jobs Plan.
Throughout the pandemic, Republicans refused to prevent and provide real relief for this pandemic – leaving millions of us grieving loved ones and struggling to make ends meet, while they spread lies about our election in a desperate attempt to hold onto power they do not deserve.
Through the Republican convention on Saturday, NC Republicans made it all too clear that they will continue to fall in line with Republicans across the country in surrendering itself to Donald Trump — focusing on echoing Trump’s false claims and voting for their own interests over delivering to North Carolina families and businesses.
Let’s be clear: When families, communities and small businesses desperately needed financial relief during a public health crisis, Republicans voted against helping the people.
When communities demanded for justice, protections and ensuring that every eligible person has full access to their constitutional right to vote, Republicans pushed for bills that harm, strip away protections and undermine our constitutional rights.
Our communities’ push for change and recovery from the pandemic will not be due to Republicans efforts, but in response to Gov. Roy Cooper, Democrats and the Biden-Harris administration stepping up and putting the people first.