HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (WSPA-TV) – Henderson County’s Sheriff is getting praise and drawing some heat for his recent newsletter that calls certain protesters out as “vile and disgusting.”
The LETTER posted on the station’s website is now going viral.
In it, Sheriff Charles McDonald takes on bold topics like unity and patriotism, but he also discusses the line he says we must draw between what’s acceptable and what’s criminal protest.
“I had been watching the violent anarchist activity that took place on Berkley University. I found that really disgusting,” explained McDonald. “Really it was a riot. It was a mob, kind of using the mantle of the first amendment and I don’t think that’s appropriate at all.”
That event inspired the letter, comparing rioters to petulant toddlers throwing a tantrum.
“I just really wanted to remind everybody of the value of the rule of law,” said McDonald.
Since it was posted online, many have weighed in on the bold language and position.
“I don’t necessarily think that protesting is a vile thing,” said Kayla Beavers who works in the county.
“People are protesting because the want change because that’s what they believe in. I don’t think they should be scared away from that,” added Graham Hamblin, a Henderson County resident.
The Sheriff wants to be clear that he supports protest, as long as it’s peaceful under the rule of law.
“I think protest is necessary, whether I agree with the protesters or not,” he said.
There is one part of his message for which he’s apologizing. He said a line insinuates social progressives are anti-American. A recent conversation with a constituent changed his mind.
“She said ‘I’m a social progressive, but I love this nation.’ I told her, ‘You know what, I owe you and anybody who took that in that context, I owe them an apology.’”
Despite our differences, the Sheriff said he’s sure of one thing.
“There’s a lot of good that’s in this nation, still. Certainly there’s a lot in Henderson County,” said McDonald.
You can read the full letter HERE.