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Berger responds to Charlottesville, Durham, calls Cooper ‘reactionary and divisive’

Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, pictured in May at the legislative complex. (CJ photo by Don Carrington)
Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, pictured in May at the legislative complex. (CJ photo by Don Carrington)

Suggesting Gov. Roy Cooper belongs to a group of “opportunistic politicians trying to drive a wedge further between us,” on Thursday Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, offered his first detailed response to the week’s protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Durham.

In an op-ed column sent by Berger’s office reflecting on last weekend’s violent, lethal protests in Charlottesville and the destruction of a Confederate statue Monday in Durham by left-wing protesters, the Senate leader said Cooper’s initial response was “reactionary and divisive.” Tuesday, the governor issued a statement and a video message calling for the removal or relocation of Confederate monuments on state property, the repeal of a 2015 state law preventing local jurisdictions from removing historic monuments without the General Assembly’s approval, and the demise of a bill pending in the legislature that would grant limited immunity to motorists who strike some protesters.

Saying the “hatred that wrought murder in Charlottesville was repulsive and horrific,” and “what followed in Durham was discouraging and sad, as rioting and vandalism are not acceptable ways to make political points,” Berger called for healing and reflection.

He also opposed what he called “an impulsive decision to pull down every Confederate monument in North Carolina.”

In closing, Berger said,

I don’t have a lot of answers about what we can do to heal the wounds of racial injustice that still exist in our state and country. But I know it won’t happen with angry mobs. It won’t happen with opportunistic politicians trying to drive a wedge further between us. It will require our leaders to show some humility and compassion as we try to chart a path forward.

The General Assembly will convene Friday at noon for an expected one-day session.



  • William James

    Bravo, Senator Berger! It is so reassuring to have a political leader who is not cowed by the madness that has taken control in our media and in so much of our society by the left-wing zealots! Thank you!

  • sticky wicket

    I agree with Mr. Berger , Cooper is one of those on the far left trying capitalize on this crazy power trip as that is all they have , totally void of ideas to move our country forward in a united fashion.

  • ProudlyUnaffiliated

    Moral Monday/Occupy Wall Street have morphed into the violent Black Lives Matter/Antifa. This is not an accident. As the globalist left is losing, they are moving to much more agitprop, combined with violence, to shock and divide Americans. It is not working but it is exposing the men behind the curtain. The people who are orchestrating this in order to bring harm to America need to be crushed.

  • Bill NC

    Where does it end?

    Will confederate soldiers remains be dug up and removed and moved?

    Will the confederate memorial at Arlington Cemetery be dug up and removed?

    Will Mount Rushmore be sand blasted?

    Will the Monticello, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, etc., be torn down?

    In 50 years will we be tearing down the WWII memorial, Korean War memorial, and Vietnam memorials?

    Where does it end?

    Bravo to the senate. Cooper needs purged.

  • sticky wicket

    Mr. Berger is right on point !