'Sit-in' planned after City Council member's political comment

'Sit-in' planned after City Council member's political comment

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Dozens of people have said they plan to stage a sit-in Monday night at the Government Center after Charlotte City Council Member Dimple Ajmera Monday made comments against President Trump and his supporters.

Ajmera is scheduled to make a public statement about those remarks Monday afternoon.

A group called, the Charlotte Regional Republican Volunteer Network, has called for a "sit-in" via Facebook during the City Council meeting. The activism comes after Ajmera, who was appointed recently to represent District 5, made negative comments against President Trump and his supporters on a local political talk show.

The group says their goal is not to disrupt the City Council meeting, but rather, to make their voices heard. The group plans to provide signs to those attending, in accordance with City Council rules.

Ajmera released a statement on her campaign's Facebook page saying that she stands by her previous comments. "Donald Trump is a divisive and negative figurehead. It is not about being a Republican or a Democrat. It is about standing up to Trump's disrespect for women, minorities, and immigr ants," the message stated.

Ajmera received praised from some supporters and criticism from others who said her original comments went too far.

Shortly before the council meeting, Ajmera is expected to address the media to speak about what she calls "Charlotte NC values" focused on economic mobility, public safety, trust and equity for all residents.

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