Eastern North Carolina Republican congressman was slammed as a “racist” after he tweeted — and then deleted — during Wednesday’s vice presidential debate that Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris was only picked for her color and her race.
Greg Murphy, a first-term Republican representative from Greenville, tweeted: “@KamalaHarris is a walking disaster. … she was only picked for her color and her race …. is that how we pick our leaders now in America??”
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In another tweet, he wrote, “Given the probability that @JoeBiden, given his mental condition, would not last the first term, the nation should be aghast to think that @KamalaHarris, with her ignorance, arrogance and socialist agenda, could be President. This nation has only one choice @realDonaldTrump.”
Wayne Goodwin, the chairman of the N.C. Democratic Party, called on Murphy to apologize.
“There is no place for racism in North Carolina, and based on the pure racism in this tweet, there is no place for Greg Murphy in elected office,” Goodwin said in a written statement. “His sentiments aren’t just offensive, they diminish the accomplishments of women of color in North Carolina and across our country.”
Murphy was elected in a special election in 2019 to fill the 3rd Congressional District vacancy left by the death of Rep. Walter Jones.