A “telling crowd reaction” as Tillis booed for a THIRD time at a Trump rally one day before the general election begins
Ahead of primary, conservative opponent says he’s “disgusted by Thom Tillis’ flip-flopping and inconsistency on issues”
A year ago, Senator Tillis announced his opposition to the president’s emergency declaration – and faced a swift and immediate backlash from in-state conservatives, creating a major rift between Republican voters and Senator Tillis that — according to the boos at yesterday’s Trump rally — still hasn’t healed.
“Senator Tillis is limping into the general election, under fire from conservatives and with fractured support in his own party because he’s a weak, self-serving politician whom no one trusts,” NCDP spokesman Robert Howard said.
Take a look at Tillis’ disastrous year with base Republicans:
- March 2019: Tillis pulls off an “Olympic Gold flip flop” after Trump issues an “open threat” to endorse his primary opponent.
- April 2019: Tillis’ approval rating among GOP voters drops by double-digits, earning him headlines like “Thom Tillis Loses Credibility With North Carolina Republicans.”
- May 2019: Tillis desperately attacks North Carolina colleague Richard Burr after warnings that Trump would “tweet support for Mr. Tillis’s primary opponent,” a move commentators dubbed “The Tillis Effect” and noted “This is apparently all it takes to get a U.S. Senator to fold like a cheap lawn chair.”
- June 2019: “Survival”: National commentators lay out in painstaking detail how Tillis has caved on his principles to shore up his support with GOP voters.
- July 2019: Tillis faces “a noticeable amount of boos” at a Trump rally.
- August 2019: Polling confirms that Tillis continues to be underwater with GOP voters.
- September 2019: Tillis forced to spend heavily to fend off primary threat from the right, signaling that his campaign is “worried about his standing among Republican voters.”
- September 2019: Tillis again met with “a chorus of boos” at yet another GOP rally, as voters say he’s “wishy-washy” and “a fair-weather friend.”
- October 2019: One after another after another after another nonpartisan experts shift NC-Sen in the Democrats’ direction, citing Tillis’ “self-inflicted wounds,” his “image problem,” and how his “personal favorability numbers are not good,” and observing that “voters of all ideological stripes simply don’t trust Tillis.”
- October 2019: Polling shows Tillis “continues to have tepid numbers within his own party,” while GOP voters say of Tillis, “A snake don’t turn into a puppy just because he puts a flea collar on.”
- November 2019: Trump humiliates Tillis, telling a “super uncomfortable” Tillis in front of a crowd, “Admit it, you like me now” before adding that Tillis calls all the time and wants money.
- December 2019: Tillis fails to earn the backing of his former primary challenger after sinking $700,000 into primary ads to defend himself from the right.
- January 2020: “Be careful; you saw what happened to Tillis”: Tillis becomes the poster child for vulnerable GOP incumbents too spineless to break with the president.
- February 2020: Pre-primary polling shows Tillis unpopular and underwater with key groups, including independents, women, suburban women, and military households; Tillis trails Trump’s approval rating with base Republicans by 28 points (92% – 64%).
Now, as the primary closes, Tillis is still “under fire” from North Carolina conservatives and, in a “telling crowd reaction,” is still facing boos at a Trump rally (now for the third time). One challenger said he is “disgusted by Thom Tillis’ flip-flopping and inconsistency on issues that are critical to conservatives,” while another said that Tillis has “totally ignored his constituents,” including on a controversial local transportation project.
Fayetteville Observer: Thom Tillis under fire by fellow Republicans in NC Senate primary
By John Henderson
February 27, 2020
- Republican candidates challenging incumbent Sen. Thom Tillis in the March 3 primary argue that he has not done enough to represent the conservative base and support President Donald Trump.
- Larry Holmquist of Greensboro, one of three Republicans challenging Tillis, said he is “disgusted by Thom Tillis’ flip-flopping and inconsistency on issues that are critical to conservatives.”
- “In my opinion, Sen Tillis is a very ‘iffy’ or inconsistent conservative,” Holmquist said. “He does not support the president the way I think he should at times, and frankly, I think he betrays conservatives with his votes.”
- Sharon Hudson, a small business owner from north Mecklenburg County also running for the GOP nomination, said Tillis is out of touch with his constituents.
- She said, for example, that Tillis supported a toll-road project on Interstate 77 that Charlotte area residents clearly did not want.
- In 2014, when Tillis was speaker of the N.C. House and running for the Senate seat, residents opposed to the planned I-77 toll lanes protested outside Tillis’ north Mecklenburg campaign headquarters. Tillis had said he supported toll lanes as the only way to relieve traffic congestion.
- “Tillis pushed that through, and he totally ignored his constituents,” Hudson said. “We did everything we could to fight it.”