Raleigh – Senator Tillis filed for re-election this week defending not only his time as Speaker of the House (a report released a day later underscored how that record failed North Carolina students). He was also left defending one of his “weakest moments” – allowing an $80 million raid on North Carolina’s military bases that revealed him to be a weak, flip-flopping politician – and his spin was laughable.
When asked, “Did you sacrifice some of your credibility and independence for this president?” Tillis responded, “not at all.”
North Carolinians, however, see it very differently. Editorial boards around the state have catalogued how Tillis shredded his integrity, independence, and credibility:
- Charlotte Observer: Tillis “flips like a fish on a dock, sometimes within weeks”
- Fayetteville Observer: Tillis did not stand up to Trump for state’s military funding
- WRAL: Tillis “quakes at every Trump tweet”
- Charlotte Observer: Tillis “has abandoned the state he represents for the president he thinks he needs.”
Meanwhile, elections analysts continue to reveal how Tillis has taken lasting damage from his spineless flip flop. Former NPR Political Editor Ken Rudin noted how, “I don’t know how one can move to the center after tying himself so closely to Trump,” adding that conservatives thought Tillis was being “opportunistic” when he changed his vote on President Trump’s emergency declaration.
No wonder Tillis has faced a “chorus of boos” at Trump rallies and why “voters of all ideological stripes simply don’t trust Tillis.”