CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Mayor Vi Lyles says the City of Charlotte “will not tolerate” racist and xenophobic hate speech when the RNC comes to the Queen City in 2020.
Her statement was in response to “send her back” chants from the crowd at a rally for President Donald Trump in Greenville, NC on Wednesday.
The city council has not issued a joint statement on the chants from the Trump rally, but WBTV is told that the council is considering putting a resolution on the agenda for Monday’s meeting that would condemn the “send her back” crowd chants and other divisive comments made by the President. The resolution would not address the RNC coming to Charlotte in 2020.
In July 2018, city council voted 6-5 to endorse the RNC coming to Charlotte. Mayor Vi Lyles was largely supportive of the measure and is credited with helping bring the RNC to Charlotte.
“As an inclusive city that welcomes all people, we open our doors to many, including those attending the RNC in 2020. However, the city of Charlotte is no place for racist or xenophobic hate speech, and we simply will not tolerate it,” Lyles wrote in a statement.
WBTV asked to specify what “will not tolerate it” means.
“It is her figure of speech to express her individual values. It is not a threat to dis-invite the RNC,” a spokesperson for the mayor wrote in a text message.
WBTV also reached out to MeckGOP for a statement on the “send her back” chants but they declined to comment. A spokesperson said they are still anticipating the RNC in Charlotte in 2020.
Even if city council were to re-vote on the RNC, it’s unclear what kind of impact that would have on the convention coming to Charlotte.
Below are statements from other city council members who voted in favor of endorsing the RNC 2020.
Mayor Pro Tem Julie Eiselt: I believe that Charlotte is a city that is inclusive, accepting and welcoming to all people, even to those with whom we disagree. These are the values that great communities embrace. However, the behavior of the president, and his supporters who chanted ‘Send Her Back’ at yesterday’s rally in Greenville, was quite simply reprehensible. I hope that members of the Republican Party who cherish the values that this country was founded upon, will not remain silent. At the end of the day, the test of our Democracy lies in our willingness to engage each other with dignity while challenging one another on issues that really matter, without harm or degradation.
Councilman Tariq Bokhari has not responded to WBTV’s email request for a statement as of this publication.
Councilman Ed Driggs has not responded to WBTV’s email request for a statement as of this publication.