House Speaker Thom Tillis was back on the town hall trail Tuesday in Hickory, still trying to escape any blame for the disastrous budget cuts made by the General Assembly this summer.
He has a new, offensive explanation for why thousands of teachers and teacher assistants have been laid off after he and his colleagues absurdly claimed that the Republican budget funded every classroom position.
Not only did he repeat his claim that the decision to fire teachers was up to local school officials, in a meeting with the local paper’s editorial board Tillis said that politics could have been involved in the layoffs.
In other words, the Speaker of the House believes dozens of local school superintendents across the state, in Republican and Democratic counties, fired teachers for some imagined political gain, punishing children and families in the process.
That’s absurd and offensive, but it does make clear how desperate Tillis is to avoid the blame that he deserves.