Editorial: Would would he say it?

Jul. 13, 2013 @ 06:43 AM

Gov. Pat McCrory has stepped into something.

In an interview Wednesday in Wilson with a reporter from The Wilson Times, McCrory said in answer to a question about whether he would ever talk with the Moral Monday protesters: “I go out in the crowd all of the time. Frankly, yesterday I went out and talked to several of them, and they were not very respectful. They did not represent the majority of those who call themselves ‘moral’ by cussing me out, but that’s the way things go sometimes.”

The only problem with that answer is that no one has ever seen the governor mingling with protesters, let alone in the day or two before that interview. There seem to be no photos, no video, no social media posts, and no anecdotes, whether pro or con – “Yeah, the governor came over to talk to us, so I gave him a piece of my mind he’ll never forget.” No nothing.

Raleigh-based reporters began looking as soon as the interview was published. As of Friday, there is as much evidence of McCrory approaching protesters as of Bigfoot doing it.

If he made it up to denigrate the protesters, it was not only mean-spirited but incredibly stupid.