Racist Meck GOP tweet prompts immediate firing

Racist Meck GOP tweet prompts immediate firing

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on February 10, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 10 at 8:01 PM

MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. -- An apparently racist tweet has the Mecklenburg County GOP chairman apologizing, calling the tweet "wholly offensive".

The tweet went out Sunday night and was quickly deleted. Now, the person responsible for it has been fired.

In a five minute phone conversation with NBC Charlotte, Mecklenburg County Republican Leader Brad Overcash found every way possible to denounce a tweet referring to North Carolinas NAACP President as the "grand wizard" of the "Moral Monday Morons".

“I disavow completely the tweet, and so does the party. It doesn't speak for the party,” he says.

The tweet was sent Sunday night from the Meck GOP twitter account.

Overcash says an IT guy was responsible.

“I insisted that it be immediately deleted; insisted that he resign immediately, which he did,” Overcash said.

The grand wizard mention appears to be a reference to the KKK, and the "moral Monday morons" is obviously a criticism of Reverend William Barber, who has been a leader in the protests against republican initiatives since last summer.

“The message I want to get across is this is not a position or a tweet that reflects this party-- or its chairman-- or this board, and it was an IT guy. And it was a wholly inappropriate and indefensible tweet that fortunately was quickly deleted, and he's no longer with us.”

NBC Charlotte tried reaching out to Reverend Barber for comment but he did not return our calls.

Overcash says he'd be willing to personally apologize for the tweet but has not reached out to the NAACP president.

“If he’d like to talk about it I'd be happy to tell him it’s a disgusting tweet and it’s been deleted and the person who did it has been asked to resign and has; it's wholly inappropriate.”

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