North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis’s cringe-inducing — some might even say cowardly — obsequiousness toward President Donald Trump continues to hit new lows. Tillis, who infamously attracted national headlines earlier this year with his “flip-flop for the ages” on Trump’s “border emergency” scam, was at it again on Monday.
The latest episode surrounded Trump’s scurrilous attack on Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings in which he referred to the veteran African-American lawmaker as “a racist.” Trump’s attack was so absurd and disgraceful that even North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows, the head of the far right “Freedom Caucus,” refuted it.
Not so for the muzzled milksop from Mecklenburg. On Monday, a Washington Post reporter caught up with Tillis and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) in the Capitol and asked for their take on the Trump broadside. Reporter Robert Costa’s tweet explained what happened:
Senator @ThomTillis would not answer the Post’s questions about Cummings. Would not answer when Post asked if he agrees with POTUS that Cummings is racist. Senator Leahy, standing next to him in elevator, turned toward Tillis and said, “Well, I know [Cummings] is not a racist.”
— Robert Costa (@costareports) July 29, 2019
In response, veteran American Enterprise Institute scholar Norman Ornstein tweeted the following:
Tillis= coward and enabler of racism
— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) July 29, 2019
The bottom line: As has been noted in this space on multiple occasions in the past, there is ample reason to believe that Sen. Tillis is no true Trumpist. Tillis knows in his heart that Trump is a dishonest charlatan and, as one local right-wing commentator put it a few years back, “a contemptible human being.” Unfortunately, the senator continues to display all the courage of a three-month old fawn when it comes to standing up to Trump and his white nationalist minions and North Carolina’s national and international image continues to suffer.