January 31, 2020/Media

NCDP Statement on Senator Tillis’ Vote Against Allowing Witnesses

North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin released the following statement after Senator Tillis voted against allowing witnesses at the Senate impeachment trial:

“Trials have witnesses and evidence – cover ups do not. Ever since he humiliated himself and our state by caving on his principles on the emergency declaration, Tillis has cowered in the president’s shadow in a desperate attempt to save his floundering campaign. His vote today is not just a vote to cover up the president’s abuse of power but a reminder that North Carolinians can’t trust Senator Tillis to look out for anyone but himself.”

Tillis stated before the trial even began that he won’t support a fair trial and will oppose direct witness testimony, despite accidentally making the case for exactly why the Senate should demand the witnesses and evidence. Public polling continues to show that an overwhelming bipartisan majority of Americans including independent voters in North Carolina want the trial to include witnesses. Tillis’ position has led to rounds of negative coverage. Just yesterday, the Charlotte Observer editorial board called Tillis “pathetic,” noted that he made up his mind “before the Senate trial even began,” and wrote that “allowing no daylight between his positions and Trump’s is Tillis’ only calculation, his only concern and his only ambition.”

Read more about Senator Tillis’ “pathetic” political calculation on witnesses: 

  • Charlotte Observer Editorial: “The pathetic impeachment pandering of North Carolina’s senators”
  • CBC Editorial: “North Carolinians cannot rely on Sen. Thom Tillis – who quakes at every Trump tweet and parrots whatever spin the White House sends out.”
  • Charlotte Observer Editorial: Tillis “long ago laid his political future at the feet of the president”
  • Charlotte Observer Editorial: Tillis “has abandoned the state he represents for the president he thinks he needs.”
  • Fayetteville Observer Editorial: “Refusing to hear from a high-ranking Trump official who is close to the Ukraine negotiations, and who obviously has relevant news to share, can seem like a cover-up.”
  • Greensboro News & Record Editorial: “Tillis’ comments were hardly a surprise, since he desperately needs Trump’s support to win re-election in 2020.”
  • CBC Editorial: “When history judges, the verdict may be that the Senate traded partisan expediency for the permanent subservience of the legislative branch of government to the presidency… Sen. Thom Tillis, who is seeking re-election this year, stated more than a month ago that fact didn’t matter to him.”
  • NBC News: “Last fall, before the House impeachment hearings had even begun, North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis was unambiguous on where he stood on the subject… The peril for vulnerable senators like Tillis is apparent.”