In an op-ed published Wednesday in the News & Observer, columnist Gene Nichol slams North Carolina Republicans for their dangerous decision to support the president and perpetuate his lie that the election was stolen over their solemn duty to protect democracy.
Their cowardly, political calculation ended in violent insurrection and deadly attacks at the Capitol. Despite, as Nichol points out, even Mitch McConnell warning that “the voters, the courts, and the states have all spoken; if we overrule them it will damage our republic forever…our democracy would enter a death spiral,” Dan Bishop, Ted Budd, Madison Cawthorn, Virginia Foxx, Richard Hudson, Greg Murphy, and David Rouser raised objections to the certification of electoral votes.
And one week later, when others in their party displayed the courage and conviction to impeach the president, North Carolina Republicans failed once again to hold the president accountable and place country over party.
Their actions prove a clear conviction:
“Supine loyalty to Trump easily outweighed, for these embarrassing Tar Heels, fealty to the constitution, to democracy, and to the foundational premise of America,” wrote Nichol. “They sought to do what our country’s adversaries couldn’t manage – end democracy in the U.S…The North Carolina Republican Party lauds, supports, funds, canvases for, and elects them. They must be proud. Welcome the traitors’ caucus.”
Read the full op-ed here.