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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:
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.