Pat McCrory, governor of North Carolina, gave a gift of baked cookies to protesters demonstrating outside his home. But they’re giving them back. Calling the plate of chocolate chip cookies delivered personally by the governor “incredibly bizarre,” protesters have rejected them.
Abortion rights activists have been holding vigils and protests outside Governor Pat McCrory’s home since last Friday, Huffington Post reports. They have been protesting a recent controversial bill changing abortion access in North Carolina.
The activists were given no attention from the governor over the weekend. But Tuesday afternoon one protester says she was “absolutely stunned” when she saw Pat McCrory point in her direction while crossing the street holding a plate of cookies.
McCrory approached the group and told them that “these are for you. God bless you, God bless you.” After handing the chocolate chip cookies over to shocked protesters, he quickly turned to leave.
The gesture was not appreciated by the abortion rights protesters. The group was “absolutely stunned” by the gesture, one abortion rights activist told CNN.
The protesters decided to return the plate of baked goods. They placed the plate in front of Governor Pat McCrory’s house with a sign reading “Will take women’s health over cookies.” Finding it to be a sexist gesture, the protesters also began chanting “Hey Pat, that was rude. You wouldn’t give cookies to a dude.”
A representative speaking for McCrory said that “Sometimes a plate of cookies is just a plate of cookies.” He denies claims that the governor was being sexist.
North Carolina’s controversial abortion bill passed state legislation last week and was signed into law by Governor McCrory on Monday. Critics have said that the new bill will harm women’s access to health clinics and safe abortion in the state. In response, Governor Pat McCrory has written that the new bill would actually result in safer conditions for women in North Carolina.
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