‘The type of inflammatory rhetoric that Council Member Mayfield used to denigrate police officers makes their jobs even less safe…’
Now, she’s been appointed by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper to be a member of the state Human Relations Commission.
In response, Republicans in the State Senate demanded that Cooper withdraw her nomination.
All 29 GOP senators signed on to a letter they sent to the governor yesterday, which Senate leader Phil Berger included in a press release.
In it, the senators wrote: “Council Member Mayfield called North Carolina police officers ‘homegrown terrorists,’ despite the assassinations of police officers around the country by actual homegrown terrorists … Do you agree that this type of violent, hateful rhetoric has no place in our political discourse, and certainly not on a commission that is intended to promote equality and justice in governmental services?”
Cooper’s appointment of Mayfield to the post was too much for even the left-wing Charlotte Observer to stomach. Earlier, the newspaper’s editorial board advised that Cooper should not “look the other way” when it came to Mayfield’s comments.
The “homegrown terrorist” remark is not Mayfield’s only nutty statement.
Last year, she was strongly criticized for a Facebook post suggesting the 9/11 terrorist attacks were a conspiracy and part of a controlled demolition by the U.S. government.
Mayfield linked to a story with the headline, “It’s Official: European Scientific Journal Concludes 9/11 Was A Controlled Demolition,” and commented: “I am still waiting for someone to produce pieces of the planes that opened the doors for US Citizens to lose all privacy rights.”
The race-baiting councilor also opposed hosting the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte by virtue of President Donald Trump’s “hostility towards minorities and people of color.”
But the state senators said Mayfield’s anti-police rhetoric in particular raised serious questions about Cooper’s support for law enforcement, an issue North Carolina has faced ongoing concerns over recently, covering everything from mob vandalism to immigration enforcement to voter fraud.
“The type of inflammatory rhetoric that Council Member Mayfield used to denigrate police officers makes their jobs even less safe,” the letter from the senators concluded.
As of today, the governor has still not rescinded Mayfield’s name.