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Tillis and Burr must stand up to Trump or take responsibility for his outrages

Richard Burr

Richard Burr

Thom Tillis

Thom Tillis

The point at which supposedly responsible conservative American leaders must begin to disavow and push back against President Donald Trump (or, at least, stop pretending that they are anything other than accomplices to his outrageous assaults on basic American values) is coming soon.

A new editorial in the Charlotte Observer does an excellent job in making this important point — especially with respect North Carolina’s U.S. Senators, Richard Burr and Thom Tillis. Here’s the Observer:

“On Friday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily halting U.S. admission of all refugees and pausing the entry of visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Trump also promised that Christians would get priority in admissions.

That is, for all practical purposes, a ban based on religion. It’s a dangerous and perhaps illegal policy, and it most certainly is not what this country stands for.

How did Tillis respond? With a sterile statement that tiptoed around the danger at hand. Tillis applauded the ‘tightening’ of refugee screening, but noted ‘confusion’ surrounding the order. ‘Implementation,’ he said, should be ‘refined to provide more clarity.’

That was better, at least, than our state’s other Republican U.S. senator, Richard Burr, who was either too cautious or too cowed to tell his constituents what he thought of Trump’s order.”

2 Comments


  1. Kiersten

    January 31, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Neither one has the moral courage to stand up. They care more about party unity.
    In Short. They ‘talk the talk’ but do not have the courage to ‘walk the walk’. Here in NC it hs become clear that they are ‘Sadducees’ at best..playing the role to get the vote..

  2. Michele Susan

    February 1, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    I just spoke to staff from Tillis’s Charlotte and DC offices, and Burr’s DC office. All three staffers (who answered the phone) were women and shamefully – when they heard that I wanted to express my concerns about the Supreme court nominee – they all told me that as a woman I should not be questioning the Senators as patriarchy is supported by the bible. They also stated that the Senators were voting for Gorsch as this country was founded by white straight male Christians and Gorsch would help return the country to their control. I was told that the train had left the station, and either I get on board or be left behind and fired from my job as was the AG. I was horrified as all 3 women stated that the AG’s role was to defend the President’s orders whether unethical or even illegal. They all appeared to have a script though their answers varied somewhat especially when I asked direct questions regarding their beliefs about equality. One repeated the “script” about this country belonging to white straight men, and the other two stated that per the bible – women were subservient to men and their primary role was to birth large families and create armies of “arrows”…and that only women who had attended public school and pursued higher education questioned this God Given role and for this reason Devos would dismantle education. I asked them to put this in writing (via email to me) but they refused. And when I told them, that I would share the conversations based on my notes – they hung up on me

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