WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Thom Tillis (RINO-NC) labels himself a ‘Republican In Need of Outcomes.’ That’s a cute way to deflect from his earning the RINO label by constantly joining hands with Democrats to fight against conservative Republican policy, promoting the agenda of cronyism and the Left, and actively trying to tie the hands of President Trump in his effort to secure the border and tackle illegal immigration.
The good news? Polling suggests that Tillis’ Trump opposition on the border issue may just be the final nail in his political coffin.
From Morning Consult:
“Seven in 10 Republican voters said they would be more likely to vote for senators or representatives who support Trump’s decision, according to the March 8-10 survey, while 3 in 5 non-Republicans – self-identified Democrats and independents – said they would be less likely to back the lawmaker in 2020.
Morning Consult data shows the vote could be a big one for the legislators on the ballot next year. Seventy-eight percent of the electorate said support or opposition for Trump’s national emergency declaration would sway their vote one way or another, higher than the 61 percent who said the same for the GOP’s plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in May 2017 and the 64 percent who said the same of the Republican tax bill in December 2017.
Trump’s tack of speaking almost exclusively to his own base caught up with congressional Republicans in 2018, as they shed 40 House seats and underperformed early forecasts for Senate gains despite picking up two seats.
Collins and Tillis are among the Senate Republicans expected to face tough re-election campaigns in 2020. In a Washington Post op-ed, Tillis cast his planned vote in favor of the resolution not as a vote against Trump’s border wall, but as a defense against executive overreach, particularly against a liberal Democratic president. […]”
Regardless of Tillis’ approach to the national emergency issue, the Republican base across North Carolina has not been terribly enthused with him during his time in the Swamp. He campaigned with all the typical conservative talking points, and then wasted no time in becoming a fixture in the business-as-usual Establishment of D.C.
Before Trump’s executive declaration, Tillis was busy joining forces with Democrats to offer amnesty to DACA recipients, and their families. He fought even the notion of a wall, saying directly, “There is no such thing as a border wall,” before pivoting to say he supports the president’s goals on border security.
Tillis openly describes his view of North Carolina as a purple state, and he certainly has demonstrated his knack for appeasing the pockets of Leftists in the Old North State. However, he campaigned as a conservative, and conservative voters were duped. These poll numbers make a lot of sense considering the support the president has in his mission to secure the border; they make even more sense in that politicians like Thom Tillis are exactly what people voted against in 2016.
The election in 2020 will, then, be necessarily tough for Tillis. Especially because credible rumors are emerging that he will have a very serious primary challenger…