Rep. Deb Butler just reigned hell on Republicans after they voted with Democrats absent (VIDEO)
Republicans in North Carolina just held a surprise vote to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the state budget on Wednesday morning while most Democrats were still at a 9/11 memorial.
Republicans used the anniversary of 9/11 to sneak through the vote, and Rep. Deb Butler wasn't having it.
Out of the 120 members, only 64 were present and almost all were Republican. Democrats were under the impression there was a "no vote" that morning, as was almost every other Democrat. That was the word that was put out by the speaker they claim.
Rep. Deb Butler spoke for herself and everyone else when she went off in the chamber and it's a sight to see. You rarely get to witness this much commotion on the floor of a state's capitol (at least publicly).
She used words like "trickery, deception, dishonesty" to describe what Republicans had just done to "the voters of North Carolina."
"This is not how democracy works! I will not yield!"
Other House members surrounded her to keep her from being arrested.
Three hours after the incident, Gob. Cooper held a press conference of his own calling it "an assault on our Democracy."
“Today, on the 18th anniversary of 9/11, while the state was honoring first responders, Republicans called a deceptive, surprise override of my budget veto,” he told reporters.
“On a day when tragedy united our country, we should be standing together despite party,” Cooper said. Instead, he said, “the Republican caucus was laying in wait, ready for this.”
“I have never seen anything like this in my 30-plus years in state government,” he said.