Late Night with Seth Meyers delved into the shocking Republican power grab in North Carolina, showing why this should raise alarms for every American. Those in the GOP who would lecture us on accepting the election of Trump as the smooth transition of power required for our democracy should be equally disturbed by this brazen ‘legislative coup.’
Back in 2014, Governor Pat McCrory sued the legislature in what he saw as a power grab started by his own party.
‘I have too much respect for North Carolina’s constitution to allow the growing encroachment of the legislative branch into the responsibilities the people of North Carolina have vested in the executive branch,’ McCrory said at the time.
Now because he lost re-election to Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper, McCrory has actively participated in stripping power from his successor before he takes office.
As Meyers points out, The GOP also changed rules to allow Democrats to chair the Board of Elections in odd numbered years, a huge disadvantage because there are no elections in those years. The GOP also created ‘racially gerrymandered and unconstitutional,’ (as the court called it) districts drawn in totally absurd irregular shapes.
‘Take a look at District 12. It’s so weirdly shaped they can’t even fit the ’12’ in it. Looks like a Rorschach test. What do you see in this shape? I don’t know…it’s either a dragon or 300 years of institutional racism?’ said Meyers.
Just in time for the Holidays, police arrested a man dressed as Santa Claus during peaceful protests of the power grab at the Senate Chamber in the state’s capitol.
Dallas Woodhouse, the Executive Director of the North Carolina Republican party excused and defended the power grab by Republicans.
‘Roy Cooper is still going to be the Governor. He still gets the keys to the mansion at some point on January 1st. Um…he still gets to use the big ballroom.’
When asked if he thought the actions by North Carolina Republicans were wrong:
‘I think wrong is always in the eye of the beholder of whose ox is getting gored. That’s the way its always been in these things,’ he told Chuck Todd on MSNBC.
Todd: ‘So what you’re saying in this case, two wrongs make a right?’
Woodhouse: ‘What I would say is that legislatures over time on both sides of the aisle have deemed that they loathe executive power, but they’ll give a little more power to their guy. But when the other guy gets in, they scale it back. Hey! Guess what, Chuck, the next thing you know, you’ll say there’s gambling in Casablanca. I mean, come on!’
Woodhouse was ready to display his prop of playing cards as he made this strange statement about Casablanca. Seth Meyers goes on to talk about a 2014 interview with Woodhouse’s Democratic brother and mother, in which his mother pleaded for them to put their differences aside for Christmas.
‘[…] We’re all hoping for a peaceful Christmas. This is the time of year when we take stock of all the things we take for granted. Things like living in a stable, healthy democracy. But democracy isn’t something that succeeds on its own. If it’s going to survive, we have to fight for it. We can’t just sit on our ass, and let the fat cats grab our rights,’ said Meyers, using many props of his own.
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