WASHINGTON, D.C. – If you find that Sen. Thom Tillis (RINO-NC) hasn’t said or done something against the interests and policy desires of his own party and its voters, just wait five more minutes. It will come.
The ‘bipartisan’ senator delivered again on Tuesday while giving an interview on Fox News, with Neil Cavuto. He even wore a bipartisan purple tie.
On the topic of President Donald Trump threats to declare a national emergency on the southern border in order to leverage special powers to fund additional border security, Tillis said:
“I hate the idea of an emergency. Because I always worry about that abuse with future presidents. The president is right to say the billions of doses of drugs that are coming across the border every year and the tens of thousands of people that are dying of overdoses is a crisis. He’s also right to say that weapons, human trafficking, there’s a humanitarian crisis. There’s a health crisis. There’s a number of things that you could potentially use to justify it. I hope he doesn’t go that far.”
You can also hear his comments at about the 7:40 mark in the clip below:
The confusing part of Tillis’ take is that he rattles off all the reasons and justifications for declaring an emergency should Democrats continue to dig in their heels at the American people’s expense, but then says he hates the idea. What gives?
Ostensibly, Tillis is worried about the abuse of such powers in the future if Trump breaks the mold. That sounds reasonable, but unbelievable coming from Tillis considering his is currently pushing to give amnesty to a group of illegal aliens that a previous president unilaterally (and illegally) gave protection to via executive order.
His commitment to secure amnesty for millions as a price for securing the border likely has something to do with how much he ‘hates the idea.’ If Trump uses emergency powers to secure the funds to further secure the border, then good ol’ boys on Capitol Hill like Tillis will no longer have the leverage to demand more concessions to Democrats in exchange for wall funding.
In that context, of course, he hates the idea – despite all the reasons he inadvertently offers that many people would think demonstrate why it is a good one should it become necessary.