MAGA Minions and Extremists: Ahead of North Carolina’s GOP Convention, Here’s a Reminder of How NC Republicans Are Following Trump’s Chaotic Lead

Ahead of members of the North Carolina Republican Party gathering for their state convention, DNC spokesperson Jackie Bush released the following statement: 

“Tomorrow in North Carolina, MAGA minions will descend on Greensboro, where they will undoubtedly double down on their extreme and unpopular agenda for North Carolinians. Following Donald Trump’s chaotic lead, the state’s GOP has elevated some of the nation’s most extreme and out-of-touch candidates in the country. From Mark Robinson, who spews violent, extreme rhetoric like it’s his job, to Michele Morrow, who has called for the public execution of politicians, the NC GOP continues to put Trump’s MAGA agenda over North Carolinians.”

Republicans in North Carolina have struggled financially and their intraparty chaos has alienated North Carolinians.  

Newsweek: “North Carolina GOP Owes $72k in Debt After Burning Through Cash”

WUNC: “So far this election cycle, the state Democratic party has raised $5.26 million for its state and federal campaign accounts. The state Republican Party, meanwhile, has raised over $3.34 million across its accounts.”

WUNC: “Many of the party’s past donors have decided to spend their money elsewhere. ‘I know way too many donors that are on the sidelines right now that are not giving to the Republican Party, because they don’t trust its leadership,’ [Lee County Republican Party Chair Jim] Womack said.” 

NOTUS: “Republicans Can’t Afford to Help Trump Out With His Huge Bond”

“Don’t expect the Republican Party to step in just yet to help former President Donald Trump out with his financial woes: They’ve got too many problems of their own.

“The Arizona, Minnesota, Colorado, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Florida state parties have all reportedly been struggling financially.”

Trump is taking North Carolina voters for granted with virtually no campaign presence on the ground.

Raleigh News & Observer:Harrison will also join the Biden-Harris campaign and the state Democratic Party in opening campaign offices in Rocky Mount and Smithfield, focused on reelecting Democrats up and down the ballot. These are the 11th and 12th offices opened by the Biden campaign in North Carolina, while the Trump campaign, as of last month, remains without, according to WSOC-TV.”

WSOC-TV: “Right now, President Joe Biden’s opponent, Donald Trump, doesn’t appear to have any campaign offices or ads on NC stations. ”

Axios: “Biden campaign opening 10 field offices in North Carolina”

“It also comes as the Republican National Committee struggles to boost staffing levels in battleground states, Axios reported.

“Less than eight months before the Nov. 5 election, significant parts of the RNC’s get-out-the-vote operation in states likely to decide the election are playing catch-up after Trump’s team ousted 60 staffers in its recent takeover.”

WSOC-TV: “The Biden campaign is going hard in the Tar Heel state, investing millions of dollars, and opening 10 field offices, including one in Uptown, with the goal of flipping the state from red to blue.”

Charlotte Observer: “Harris’ latest visit to Charlotte — her third since June and second in as many weeks to North Carolina — marked the opening of 10 campaign field offices across the state. 

“The RNC’s statement did not directly address questions from an Observer reporter about the campaign’s plans in North Carolina, such as future events, advertising campaigns or field office openings.”

Newly elected NC GOP Chair Jason Simmons is a longtime MAGA minion who was handpicked by Trump to replace his fellow North Carolina extremist Michael Whatley and ran on the same election conspiracy platform as his predecessor.

Simmons: “Our ground game and our election integrity efforts will be the national standard.”

The Carolina Journal: “Trump makes endorsement in NCGOP chair race”

“Prior to running day-to-day operations at the NCGOP, Simmons served as regional field director for the RNC, and served in the Trump administration prior to that.”

Trump-backed candidate for governor, Mark Robinson, a speaker at the NC GOP convention, has a documented record of racist, sexist and dangerous rhetoric that is completely out of touch with North Carolinians. 

HuffPost: “Mark Robinson’s Bizarre Ramble: ‘I Absolutely Want To Go Back To The America Where Women Couldn’t Vote’”

“On Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson won the GOP primary to become his party’s nominee for North Carolina governor, presumably with the help of female voters.

“But just four years ago, Robinson invoked a bizarre hypothetical in which he said he’d ‘absolutely’ like to return to the days when the 19th Amendment didn’t exist ― when women didn’t have the right to vote.

“‘I absolutely want to go back to the America where women couldn’t vote,’ Robinson said in a newly resurfaced video of his remarks at a March 2020 event hosted by the Republican Women of Pitt County.”

Washington Post: “N.C. GOP nominee compared Planned Parenthood, men with saggy pants to KKK”

“Planned Parenthood. Men with saggy pants. People who tore down Confederate flags and monuments. The Rev. Al Sharpton.

Mark Robinson, the GOP nominee in one of this year’s most competitive governor’s races, has declared them all comparable to or worse than the Ku Klux Klan in social media posts that have drawn little attention. The posts are part of a long record of comments ranging from provocative to bigoted that are getting more scrutiny as the campaign heats up in North Carolina — and that some Republicans worry will be a liability in a battleground state.

Robinson’s references to the KKK, a white-supremacist group that has terrorized Black Americans, underscore the risks Republicans have taken in nominating him — a longtime factory worker who posted a wide range of insults on Facebook before he became a viral hit on the right with a speech about gun laws in 2018. He was elected lieutenant governor of North Carolina in 2020 and won the gubernatorial primary by landslide this month with former president Donald Trump’s endorsement. At a rally, Trump praised Robinson as ‘Martin Luther King on steroids.’”

Michele Morrow, the Republican candidate for North Carolina superintendent, offers another disturbing example of how Trump emboldens dangerous MAGA candidates. 

CNN: “GOP nominee to run North Carolina public schools called for violence against Democrats, including executing Obama and Biden” 

“In other comments on social media between 2019 and 2021 reviewed by CNN’s KFile, Morrow made disturbing suggestions about executing prominent Democrats for treason, including Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Hillary Clinton, Sen. Chuck Schumer and other prominent people such as Anthony Fauci and Bill Gates.

“‘I prefer a Pay Per View of him in front of the firing squad,’ she wrote in a tweet from May 2020, responding to a user sharing a conspiracy theory who suggested sending Obama to prison at Guantanamo Bay. ‘I do not want to waste another dime on supporting his life. We could make some money back from televising his death.’

“In another post in May 2020, she responded to a fake Time Magazine cover that featured art of Obama in an electric chair asking if he should be executed.

“‘Death to ALL traitors!!’ Morrow responded.

“In yet another comment, Morrow suggested in December 2020 killing Biden, who at that time was president-elect, and has said he would ask Americans to wear a mask for 100 days.

“‘Never. We need to follow the Constitution’s advice and KILL all TRAITORS!!! #JusticeforAmerica,’ she wrote.”