A Democrat nominee for the Senate in North Carolina just committed a political “no-no” when campaigning in the South. If you don’t live in the South you may say this isn’t a big deal however it’s another fine example of just how out of touch Democrats with normal everyday people.
It’s doesn’t matter what side of the aisle you are on in the South you freaking better know the difference between barbecue and grilling. Many political operatives that work in the South will tell you that – especially in the Carolinas – you better know your stuff.
North Carolina Democrat Senate candidate Cal Cunningham made that very mistake when a photo of himself in an apron next to a gas grill (an abomination…LOL) appeared on social media. The caption said, “There’s nothing better than BBQ—except for winning this Senate seat, of course.”
There’s nothing better than BBQ—except for winning this Senate seat, of course. pic.twitter.com/oEsDXIZ5O2
— Cal Cunningham (@CalforNC) September 28, 2020
Dukakis looked better riding on the tank than that man did standing next to that grill.
People on both sides of the political spectrum called out Cunningham to include members of the mainstream media. Meg Kinnard who is from South Carolina and writes for the Associated Press doubled down on her criticism.
I’m from Memphis. I live in SC. And I’m married to a man from eastern NC.
There may be a sauce debate.
But BBQ is a noun.
In any of those locations. #UnitedWeStand 🐽
— Meg Kinnard (@MegKinnardAP) September 29, 2020
What Cunningham did could really hurt him, it has happened before.
He soon learned the error of his ways. pic.twitter.com/XCV3eG4TgI
— Chris Miller (@ChrisMillerWFAE) September 29, 2020
It was so traumatizing to Edminsten he wrote about it in his autobiography, he wrote:
“Boy, oh boy, if only I had paid attention to Proverbs 21:23: “Whoever guards his mouth and tongue, keeps his soul from trouble.” If I could arrange for this proverb to appear before my eyes when I am about to say something I am apt to regret, I would get into a lot less trouble. I found out the hard way that people in North Carolina are dead serious about barbecue. They do not want some homespun politician disrespecting their barbecue and they don’t want anybody messing with their particular style of barbecue.”
Looks like we’ve got a full Rufus Edmisten moment in the Senate race. Here’s Edmisten reflecting on his barbecue mistake in his autobiography #ncpol pic.twitter.com/E5WZgpOV6U
— Colin Campbell (@RaleighReporter) September 29, 2020
I’m not sure what’s worse what Edmisten did or cunningham standing in front of a gas grill, with a hot dog and hamburger bun.