Goolsby's Moral Monday comments getting mixed reviews

WILMINGTON, NC - (WECT) - A local state lawmaker is attracting some attention for his take on the Moral Monday protests in Raleigh.

The protests in the state capital have been attracting attention recently because of all the arrests.

Now State Senator Thom Goolsby is calling the collection of rallies, "Moron Monday." "The circus came to the State Capitol this week, complete with clowns, a carnival barker and a sideshow," wrote Goolsby in an editorial which was published in the Chatham Journal on Friday.

"Several hundred people- mostly white, angry, aged former hippies- appeared and screeched into microphones, talked about solidarity and chanted diatribes.  It was "liberal theater at its best", Goolsby also wrote.

Sunday, Goolsby said he doesn't have a problem with the protests, but questions some of their complaints adding state leaders are working as hard as they can.

"They show up just wanting free goodies," said Goolsby "We are doing everything we can to bail them out, to fully fund education, to take care of those who need help in our society."

He also questioned where they were when the state had issues in the past.

"All they do is complain. Where were they when the Democrats were bankrupting North Carolina three years ago?  The state employees' healthcare plan was broke. The retirement plan was broke. We owed three billion dollars to the federal government. Where were they?," said Goolsby.

The President of the New Hanover County NAACP, Deborah Maxwell, responded saying her group has always had a voice.

However, she said the state's political leaders are not doing everything they can.  Maxwell says North Carolina public education is ranked 48th, Medicaid expansion was denied even though 500,000 thousand residents had no healthcare insurance, and she says income tax credits were cut.

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