The GOP spin machine is overheating this week as Republican legislative leaders continue to scramble to distract attention from the fact that the U.S Supreme Court, with a Republican majority that includes President Trump’s appointee, unanimously ruled that they violated the constitution by racially gerrymandering state legislative districts.
Thursday, they refused a call by Governor Roy Cooper to convene a special session to draw new districts to replace the ones the court threw out while feigning outrage that he would even suggest it.
Never mind that the court ruling means that the General Assembly is currently operating while representing districts that violate the constitution or that the voters of the state, and potential candidates, deserve to know what the new districts look like as soon as possible.
Legislative leaders instead mounted an all-out rhetorical attack on Gov. Cooper for suggesting that they abide by the court’s ruling and draw new and legal districts.
There were dozens of ridiculous claims made, but statements by Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and Lt. Gov. Dan Forest were the most absurd. Berger said that he didn’t make the decision lightly to refuse Cooper’s call of a special session—that’s reassuring— and then added this gem.
“We need to be serious about what the Constitution requires.”
The U.S. Supreme Court says what the Constitution requires are legislative districts that are not racially gerrymandered. Maybe Berger should try addressing that—if he wants to be serious.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest released a slick video (who paid for that you have to wonder) as part…
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