County Chairwoman Threatens To Call Cops On Anyone Who Says Pledge Of Allegiance

Tom Gantert

Bladen County Board of Elections Chairwoman Louella Thompson threatened to call police on citizens who said the pledge.

Elizabethtown, NC – A board of elections chairwoman who threatened to have anyone who said the Pledge of Allegiance at meetings arrested has backed down in the face of backlash from the community and her own Democratic Party leadership.

The Bladen County Board of Elections on Jan. 14 voted 3-to-2 along party lines not to add the Pledge of Allegiance to the official agenda of all meetings, WPDE reported.

Several community members in attendance protested the Democratic-held board’s decision, and then stood up and recited the pledge anyway, the Laurinburg Exchange reported.

“When I spoke to the chairperson I said, ‘You have an opportunity here to create a sense of unity and it’s easy to do; just add it to the agenda,” Daine Smith told WECT. “If you don’t want to recite it or stand for it, you don’t have to. But the folks who do want to do that, have the opportunity to do so.’ Then I just thought while I was standing, we should just say the pledge. So we did.”

That’s when most of the audience stood with Smith and recited the pledge with their hands over their hearts, infuriating Bladen County Board of Elections Chairwoman Louella Thompson.

Republican elections board member Emery White said he supported putting the Pledge of Allegiance on the agenda officially, the Laurinburg Exchange reported.

“Being in the military, we honor the flag all the time in the military,” White said. “I just think it should be on the agenda. There is no way we should have a meeting without it. It’s like having a prayer. Why do we object to the Pledge of Allegiance?”

But Thompson threatened to call the police on anyone who said the Pledge of Allegiance at future meetings, the Laurinburg Exchange reported.

She called the citizens’ impromptu recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance a disruption to the meeting.

Thompson said such disruptions would not be tolerated and that, in the future, she would call in police to remove anyone who said the pledge, according to the Laurinburg Exchanged.

The blowback from the community was swift, but the smackdown delivered by the governor’s office was even more effective, WPDE reported.

“The governor leads the Pledge of Allegiance before every Council of State meeting,” Democratic Governor Roy Cooper’s spokeswoman, Sadie Weiner, said. “He doesn’t agree with the action taken and he thinks it’s a good practice to say it before a Board of Elections meeting.”

Cooper appointed Thompson as chair of the elections board after questions arose about voter fraud in the 9th Congressional District’s 2018 elections, WPDE reported.

Thompson changed her tune shortly after the governor weighed in.

WPDE reported that she released a written statement Jan. 16 that said the board would bring back the Pledge of Allegiance at future meetings.

Thompson said in the statement that she made the decision after talking to community members, legal experts, and fellow members of the Democratic Party.

But the chairwoman’s abrupt about face wasn’t enough to satisfy some of her critics.

Republican State House Speaker Tim Moore has written to Cooper urging the governor to demand Thompson’s resignation from the board, WPDE reported.

“Anything less condones this public disrespect of the United States and its citizens by your appointee in an official capacity,” Moore wrote.

In December of 2018, Thompson and another member of the Bladen County Board of Elections were admonished by the State Board of Elections for social media posts disparaging President Donald Trump, according to WPDE.

Comments (74)
getjdb
getjdb

Maybe they should move to Venezuela or Cuba for a more satisfying atmosphere?
Maybe send these nut jobs to China?

No. 1-36
Debluvsanimals
Debluvsanimals

Get the f**% out of this country yuo POS.Next she will be arrested for some scandal.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

An ELECTIONS board chair wants to call the police if anyone recites the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the country she is supposed to be managing ELECTIONS for. What kind of upside down crazy land have we become?

rick007
rick007

Louella Thompson and the other 2 members that voted to exclude the Pledge should be ban from "any" boards or official duties. They are non-American.

djaznh
djaznh

But don't compare dems to nazis, ever..

flybynight
flybynight

Could this be a troll free story? We shall see.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

I just knew it would be some old black biatch whose spent their entire life and DNA soaked in the Democractic/Liberal lying koolaid!! Where everything is racist, everything is someone's else's fault, crime is black entitlement, if you get pulled over by the popo you'll get a big check, keep having baby after baby to get more government money so you don't have to work, bitch and moan about everything, wear lots of white people's hair on your head,

RunCop
RunCop

I knew it would be a member of the protected 13%

SheepDawg
SheepDawg

"Responding Officers placed Thompson under arrest for misuse of the 911 system. While being transported to jail she stated that she "could do what she wants based on her position." Officers reports indicate that she was instructed that being black and stupid was not an excuse for ignorance. The Chief backed his Officers."

I woke up from my dream.

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Get rid of whoever voted NO for the pledge!!!! Vote out the Communists, Socialists, or whatever stupid, idiotic membership they belong to!!! THIS IS AMERICA, LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT!

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

Should be executed by Vigilante's A.S.A.P.. Major money pot of a Law suit here. Intimidation, violation of Constitutional Rights. Immediate annonymous beaten in order.

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

Wtf??

Can’t fix stupid

Well she just Can’t Understand Normal Thinking!!

🤣😂😂

DarrellB
DarrellB

There is a lot of back story to this one. There are five articles in the local paper linked above. This woman and her leftist sidekick have already been formally admonished for volitile political hate speech on social media.
Fascist gain power to rule using FEAR. STAND UP, SPEAK UP!
Take the power of fear from them.

Ladytiel
Ladytiel

This woman should be voted out or removed from office. This is the United States and the Constitution guarantees freedom of speech. If people want to say the pledge it is their right and no one has the right to threaten them if they do.

TopDocBo
TopDocBo

So this left leaning bunch should wrap their arms around the pledge because of its origins if nothing else. The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892 by the SOCIALIST minister Francis Bellamy (1855-1931). It was originally published in The Youth's Companion on September 8, 1892. Bellamy had hoped that the pledge would be used by citizens in any country.

In its original form it read:

"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
In 1923, the words, "the Flag of the United States of America" were added. At this time it read:

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
In 1954, in response to the Communist threat of the times, President Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add the words "under God," creating the 31-word pledge we say today. Bellamy's daughter objected to this alteration.
However Today it reads:

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

BTW, The original Bellamy salute, first described in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, who authored the original Pledge, began with a military salute, and after reciting the words "to the flag," the arm was extended toward the flag.

BarbVic
BarbVic

For the next meeting, I'd get as many people as possible to attend with me and all stand at the same time a say The Pledge before they called to order. You have to stand against this socialistic takeover or they will takeover.

Raymelson
Raymelson

This falls under the word racist and should not be tolerated she should be dismissed asap so tell me again about white privilege

Stanracer
Stanracer

Who voted in this stuned cow in the first place. She should have her racist ass kicked out the door.

BatCrapCrazy
BatCrapCrazy

Socialists attempting to turn this nation in to a third world shithole one little chunk at a time.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Had feeling she was black..stupid demonrat

investigator
investigator

I went to their website on Facebook and indicated she should be removed!!!! Maybe if enough people register a complaint, they'll get rid of her!!

Dezertgem
Dezertgem

I'd stand up and say it to her face!!!🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

ikaika
ikaika

The article states that in December of 2018 she and another member of the Board of Elections were admonished by the State for negative comments they made about President Trump on social media. WTF? Why wasn't she fired then? That's the sort of thing police officers can get fired for, and she is the chair of the Election Board! Now she has a second offense.

She was appointed by the governor, but she has become an embarrassment and a liability. Power corrupts. Time to boot her out.

PoBeals
PoBeals

Sounds like a clear violation of public meetings law. Perhaps the members of the Board who agree with censuring free speech at these meetings never paid any attention to their oath of office, never read the Constitution, and have contempt for the law. If so, how on earth are they still public servants?

neda
neda

she has been watching too much liberal media, thought she was kapernick.

GrumpyVet
GrumpyVet

I wouldn't expect anything less from a liberal. It's pretty sad that they hate our country that much.

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

while i am not for The Pledge of Allegiance. tell me i can't and i will!

Gramercy
Gramercy

The governor should take his chosen representative out of her position while he still has face to do so. Really starting to question HIS Americanism too!

AlwaysTrumper
AlwaysTrumper

modixie
modixie

I'll bet she would have been happy if someone brought her a pie.

amlee
amlee

Sounds like her corruption runs DEEP, morally and ethically. FIRE HER ASS.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

Ohhhhhh.... I just saw a pic of her. Makes sense now.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

Like mom said to me, "son, some people are just cunts."


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