Democrats threaten to call the police if anyone recites the Pledge of Allegiance at meeting

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BLADEN COUNTY, NC- Some Democrats have gone totally off the rails. First, you had the governor of Virginia, Ralph “Blackface” Northam initially threatening to call out the National Guard to enforce gun laws that the gun-grabbing Virginia legislature is trying to pass.

Then he declared the state capitol a “gun-free” zone in anticipation of anti-gun control demonstrations set for next week.

Now, in Bladen County, North Carolina, we have a local official threatening to call police if someone were to dare recite the Pledge of Allegiance at their next board meeting. We are truly living in the Twilight Zone.

Board of Elections chairwoman Louella Thompson hates America. That much is clear. Thompson was outraged that two board members and a large part of the audience rose to recite the pledge, in apparent defiance of a board vote to not add the Pledge of Allegiance as part of their regular agenda.

The incident arose at a rather argumentative Board of Elections meeting where members of the audience voiced their displeasure with the decision not to add the pledge.

Thompson described the incident as “out of order.”

At the end of the meeting, Thompson said that she would call the police if attendees dared recite the pledge at the next meeting. She did not indicate if people showed up and sang the Soviet national anthem if that would be ok with her, but we assume she’d be fine with it.

“The next meeting, if that happens again, law enforcement will be called because it is against the law to disrupt a meeting that is going on, and that is what happened today with the reciting of the pledge, so be prepared for that,” she said.

What a hack.

The measure was raised by board member Emory White, a military veteran. White and another Republican board member, Michael Aycock, also a veteran, voted in favor, while Thompson, and fellow anti-American Democratic board members Deborah Belle and Patsy Sheppard voted against it.

After the vote, the meeting was opened up for public comments, and several audience members spoke out against the decision to not recite the pledge prior to the start of board meetings, the same as an opening invocation.

One person who came up to speak in favor of reciting the pledge proceeded to recite it, and she was joined by most of those in attendance, in addition to White and Aycock. The three anti-American Democrats remained seated.

After the public display of loyalty to country and flag, Thompson called for a short recess, no doubt to compose herself after being exposed to toxic patriotism. After the board reconvened, the rest of the meeting continued without incident.

At the end of the meeting, before it had ended, Thompson spoke to the earlier “disruption” of people reciting the pledge, at which time she issued her threat to call the police if it happened again.

Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper, in a rare display of personal courage by a Democrat, voiced his disagreement with how the board handled the situation.

“The Governor leads the Pledge of Allegiance before every Council of State meeting. He doesn’t agree with the action taken and he thinks it’s a good practice to say it before a Board of Elections meeting,” said a spokesman for Cooper.

Congressman Dan Bishop’s office also reached out to a local media outlet via email.

“I am appalled that the Chairwoman of the Bladen County Board of Elections will prevent board members—on threat of arrest—from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

It shows a twisted moral code to oppress the right to honor a flag that stands for freedom from oppression. I stand with the board members who continue to revere and respect our flag and those who lost their lives defending it.”

Spoken like a true American, Congressman.

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Public outrage may not be the only thing that Thompson has to worry about. She may also have violated North Carolina public meeting and closed session laws.

The law states:

“It is the policy of this State that closed sessions shall be held only when required to permit a public body to act in the public interest permitted in this section. A public body may hold a closed session and exclude the public only when a closed session is required.”

Apparently, the pledge issue was discussed during the closed session. Oops.

Thompson, who is clearly out of her league, tried to cite a state law which states:

“A person who willfully interrupts, disturbs, or disrupts an official meeting and who, upon being directed to leave the meeting by the presiding officer, willfully refused to leave the meeting is guilty of a Class 2 Misdemeanor,” as justification for her threat to contact the police.

She may want to rethink that one.

Video of the meeting shows that the pledge was recited during public comment, when Thompson opened the floor to those in attendance to address the board. That constitutes permission to speak.

It will be interesting to see if someone pushes this up the chain to the state Board of Elections, who have the power to remove board members for breaking the law.

“In performing these duties, the State Board shall have the right to hear and act on complaints arising by petition or otherwise, on the failure or neglect of a county board of elections to comply with any part of the election laws imposing duties upon such a board.

The State Board of Elections shall have the power to remove from office any member of a county board of elections for incompetency, neglect or failure to perform duties, fraud, or for any other satisfactory cause.”

It is quite simple, Ms. Thompson and the other Democrats on this board. If you don’t want to recite the pledge, sit there and shut up. You have made it quite clear where you stand on patriotism and love of country.

Meantime, let those people who revere and respect our flag, and all that it stands for, including the blood, sweat and tears shed in defense of it, pledge their allegiance to that which they hold sacred.

 

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America; and to the Republic for which it stands;

One nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.”

 


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