A page-one story in today’s News & Observer solicited this reaction from Lt. Gov. Dan Forest’s office:

News & Observer has stooped to an all new low

Raleigh, N.C. – Today, Jamey Falkenbury, Director of Communications released the following statement:

“The News and Observer has stooped to an all new low. While we have become accustomed to their slanted and biased articles, ‘reporting’ information fed to them by a far-left George Soros-run organization is unconscionable. The Lieutenant Governor believes that when ‘diversity’ and ‘multiculturalism’ are used as weapons to divide our nation and create factions based on identity politics, then that is bad for our country. He believes that all people are created in the image of God and that we need to work together across race, religion, and political divide to bring people together, not pull them apart. The speech in context was about loving your neighbor, and he delivered it to a diverse and multicultural audience. The Lieutenant Governor received a standing ovation at the end of the speech. The quotes the N&O were fed by George Soros’ organization have been stripped of context and are being used to create division, highlighting the very issues the Lieutenant Governor was addressing in his speech.”