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10.1.20

Tillis’ Hypocrisy On Filling The Supreme Court Vacancy Is The Latest Example Of Him Prioritizing Partisan Interests Ahead Of North Carolina

After the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Senator Tillis was quick to say that he would support President Trump’s nominee to a lifetime appointment – even before knowing who it was – and that the vacancy should be filled before election day. Not only is Tillis hypocritically contradicting the position he took in 2016 and breaking a promise he gave North Carolinians in 2017 to “consistently uphold” that principle “regardless of whether the tables are turned,” he’s also putting North Carolinians’ health care and protections for people with pre-existing conditions “in greater danger.”

In 2016 and 2017, Tillis said:

  • “Once the political season is underway, and it is, action on a Supreme Court nomination must be put off until after the election campaign is over.” [U.S. Senate, 2/26/16]
  • “That is a principle that I embraced as a new member of the Senate that I will consistently uphold regardless of whether the tables are turned. I think we were in a situation where it would have been hyper-politicized, it would have become a circus here, and I think that that was a good reason to wait to hear the vote of the people.” [Meet The Press Daily, 3/21/17]

This Supreme Court vacancy has put an even brighter spotlight on the GOP lawsuit that threatens to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, a law that currently provides at least 20 million Americans with health coverage and protects 1.7 million North Carolinians living with pre-existing conditions from discrimination in treatment. Senator Tillis has already stood behind this reckless lawsuit and repeatedly voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Now, during the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Tillis would support President Trump’s nominee even if that means they’ll vote to take away the ACA. 

Cal Cunningham, meanwhile, has said, “North Carolinians are already voting and will continue to do so in the coming weeks. They deserve that opportunity to have their voices heard, and then, it should be up to the next President and next Senate to fill the vacancy on our Court.”

Senator Tillis’ decision to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat before Election Day is just the latest example of Tillis following Mitch McConnell’s orders and prioritizing his partisan interests at the expense of North Carolinians and their health care coverage.