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'It does not represent the people of North Carolina': Cooper reacts to Trump NC rally, RNC convention

The governor said he still supports bringing the RNC Convention to Charlotte, praising economic benefits.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Governor Roy Cooper still supported bringing the 2020 RNC Convention to Charlotte despite criticizing the "divisive language" of President Trump's supporters during a campaign rally in Greenville, North Carolina.

In an interview with news media after touring an outdoor trail in Hickory, Governor Cooper addressed the Greenville crowd's chants of "send her back" in response to the president's ongoing feud with four Democratic congresswomen.

The chants referred to the president's tweet saying the four lawmakers, who are all U.S. citizens, should go back to their home countries. 

RELATED: Trump says he'd rather ralliers don't chant 'Send her back!'

"It does not represent the people of North Carolina," Gov. Cooper said. "We do not need people using that kind of divisive language, and I think it's important for us to emphasize the things that bring us together."

While some Charlotte Democratic leaders and citizens are pushing to cancel the city's convention contract in response to the rally, Governor Cooper, a Democrat, still supports having the convention in the Queen City.

"Obviously people are concerned about security, and we need to make sure that security is at its best so that people stay safe and protected," Gov. Cooper said. "I think we have to look for the positive things here, and I think the positive things are what this can do for our economy."

The RNC will hold its second day of summer meetings about the convention at the Spectrum Center on Friday.

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