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NC pastor yells ‘white power’ from truck during weekend Trump parade, videos show

Sep 25, 2020

By Carli Brosseau

Unlike most of the speakers at the Trump rally at Ace Speedway on Saturday, Jesse Hursey wore a suit. His black leather shoes shone. His hair was carefully brushed back. The satiny red tie he wore over a light blue shirt flapped in the breeze.

Hursey faced the racetrack stands. A crowd gathered around. “First of all, I’m a Christian,” Hursey said, his voice rising and falling with a preacher’s practiced cadence. “Second of all, I’m a Republican. And in that order.”

Later the same day, Hursey drove a pickup truck through Elon, shouting “White power!”

The Young Republicans of Alamance County, who organized the Trump rally, are now distancing themselves from Hursey. T.L. Mann, the group’s chairman, said in a text message to The News & Observer that Hursey “has been immediately removed from our organization.” Mann wrote that he opposed racism, but did not respond to later inquiries by text message or phone call.

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