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The News & Observer Editorial Board put Tillis’ blind loyalty to the president on full display, calling his actions during the impeachment trial “pathetic pandering.”
Tillis “proudly rejected [his] role as a crucial check” on the President, while a majority of independent voters in key Senate battleground states, including North Carolina, want to hear from witnesses.
This comes to no surprise, however, as Tillis was a “definite no” on removing the president before the trial even began, proving that his only concern is “allowing no daylight between his positions and Trump’s.”
North Carolinians expect better from their U.S. Senator. As their voice in Washington, they expect their concerns to be heard. It’s been made abundantly clear that Tillis has put his “party before [his] country and [his] party is now the Party of Trump.”
The editorial board highlighted Tillis’ disservice to the people of North Carolina, underscoring a serious threat to his chances in November:
“Tillis and Burr can’t be expected to vote to remove the president. But personal integrity and a respect for all those they represent requires that they be open to the evidence and perhaps even admit discomfort with the president’s actions. Tillis and Burr, especially, have failed to meet that requirement. They will acquit the president. They cannot acquit themselves.”
Read the full News & Observer editorial below.
News & Observer: The pathetic impeachment pandering of North Carolina’s senators
Editorial Board – January 29, 2020
The impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate may go on even longer and witnesses may be called, but the outcome is still all but certain: President Trump will be acquitted. That certainly has nothing do with Trump’s guilt. It has to do with the supplication of Republican senators. They’ve put their party before their country and their party is now the Party of Trump.
Despite that reality, it’s still hard to witness the pathetic pandering to the president by North Carolina’s two Republican U.S. senators. Rather than retreating into the background and quietly casting a vote in keeping with Republican solidarity, they are proudly rejecting their role as a crucial check on the excesses of a rogue president.
Before the Senate trial even began, the state’s junior senator, Thom Tillis, said he was a “definite no” on Trump’s removal. He has dismissed the second count of impeachment – Trump’s obstruction of Congress. As for the first count — the president’s abuse of power in leveraging military aid in an attempt to trigger a foreign investigation of a political rival — Tillis said it’s not worth Trump’s removal, no matter what former national security adviser John Bolton says.
That’s no surprise. The one-term senator is up for re-election and is pledging absolute fealty to the president in the hope that Trump’s appeal can carry him to victory. Allowing no daylight between his positions and Trump’s is Tillis’ only calculation, his only concern and his only ambition.
North Carolinians who blindly support the president will welcome their senators doing the same. But senators shouldn’t be merely partisan players. They represent an entire state. Polls indicate that North Carolina voters are split on impeachment, but the many North Carolinians who think the president has done a great disservice to his office and violated his oath are not having their concerns reflected or even acknowledged by their senators.
Tillis and Burr can’t be expected to vote to remove the president. But personal integrity and a respect for all those they represent requires that they be open to the evidence and perhaps even admit discomfort with the president’s actions.
Tillis and Burr, especially, have failed to meet that requirement. They will acquit the president. They cannot acquit themselves.