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North Carolina speedway shirks Dem gov, hosts thousands by declaring race night a ‘peaceful protest’

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Ace Speedway in North Carolina reportedly welcomed 2,000-plus spectators on Saturday night after declaring itself  as “a peaceful protest of injustice and inequality everywhere.”

Lockdown-loving Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper is not happy because the event at the racetrack supposedly violates his phase 2 executive order that limits public gatherings to 25 people along with social distancing.

Cooper, however, marched with protesters in Raleigh on June 1 apparently without abiding by social distancing guidelines.

In the name of public health, governors primarily in blue states aggressively went after citizens who violated what amounted to house arrest during the coronavirus pandemic, but immediately abandoned concerns about mass gatherings as soon as the George Floyd protests heated up.

According to the governor’s office which in a four-page letter encouraged the Alamance County Sheriff to intervene, the track located in Elon, N.C. allowed more than 2,000 fans into the venue on May 23, and held another race on May 30 in which more than 25 people showed up without face masks and were mingling close together.

“Citing the First Amendment of the constitution, the right to peaceably assemble,  [Sheriff Terry] Johnson said he would not stop crowds from attending races,” WFMY reported, and that Johnson is evaluating the peaceful protest claim.

Earlier news accounts suggested that Sheriff Johnson would enforce the governor’s order, classified as a class 2 misdemeanor, although he didn’t agree with it based on its complicated legal foundation, even though the Cooper administration insists the governor’s edict uses plain and unambiguous language.

The governor’s office noted it will take some kind of  “further action” if the sheriff doesn’t follow up.

Sheriff Johnson added that “the speedway aimed to host what he described as a ‘unity race.’ The event, he said, was geared toward rallying the community after the death of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis. Johnson argued the race at Ace Speedway is no different than Cooper marching with a crowd of protesters outside the Executive Mansion on June 1 with his mask down, exposing his face,’ the Winston-Salem Journal reported.

Cooper described the Ace Speedway attendance as a “dangerous situation” and a “reckless way to operate.”

The Ace Speedway track owner says the venue is following CDC guidelines.

Roy Cooper is the same official that pulled the rug out from under the Republican National Convention that was set for Charlotte in August.

Other Twitter users weighed in on the governor’s apparent hypocrisy and the racetrack’s creativity.

Robert Jonathan

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