North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis called for dialogue with the Moral Monday protesters on Monday afternoon.
Asked directly about "Moron Monday" comments made by a North Carolina state senator, Tillis said he did not consider the protests, being led by the NAACP, moronic.
"I think they are people who have an honest disagreement," he said when asked by WNCN's Sean Maroney about the matter. "I really wish we could find a way to engage them in a productive way and look at a budget that we've passed that provides opportunities for at-risk children, children whose families fall below the federal poverty level, to talk about eugenics, where we are trying to do the right thing for the state.
"There are so many positive things we can do if we can lower the volume and sit down and talk and show some mutual respect. And I really welcome the opportunity to do that."
State Senator Thom Goolsby published an Op-Ed in the Chatham Journal calling the protests "Moron Monday," and referring to the activists as angry "hippies."