Editorial: As Trump threatens Americans, guess whose senators are silent? [Charlotte Observer]

Tillis “has abandoned the state he represents for the president he thinks he needs.”

Raleigh – Senator Thom Tillis is standing “silent” as the Trump administration’s disastrous policies hammer North Carolina farmers because he’s terrified of losing the president’s support ahead of a costly and contentious primary.

North Carolina farmers are feeling “the very real pain of the trade war Trump escalated with China” and a “labor crunch thanks to the president’s harsh rhetoric and uneven immigration policies” yet Tillis – who shamelessly skipped a Veterans Affairs hearing scheduled to discuss legislation on veterans’ mental health care, homeless veterans and assistance for victims of exposure to potentially toxic substances at Camp Lejeune so he could attend a fundraiser with Mike Pence – has shown again he’ll put what he thinks is best for himself ahead of North Carolina.

Charlotte Observer: As Trump threatens Americans, guess whose senators are silent?
By the Editorial Board
June 1, 2019

Key Points:

  • It’s a good thing that when the president announces a bizarre policy that’s bad for Americans, they have senators are willing to stand up for them. It would be better thing if one of those senators were from North Carolina.
  • That’s apparently wishful thinking, as we learned again Thursday when Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he would impose a 5 percent tariff on all imported goods from Mexico beginning June 10 “until the illegal immigration problem is remedied.”
  • The threat doesn’t define “remedied” nor what actions from Mexico might satisfy Trump. What the threat does do is put a potential new burden on consumers and businesses. Mexico is Washington’s largest trading partner, and a 5 percent tax on goods from tomatoes to cars would amount to billions of dollars passed on to Americans, including the N.C. consumers and businesses that Sens. Thom Tillis and fellow Republican Richard Burr represent.
  • The result is that Tillis, who has comically wavered between standing up and cowing to the president, now appears to be fully at Trump’s side. “The president is a patriot,” the senator said last week on Fox News, apparently deciding to woo Republicans now and moderates later.
  • You know who else is in a difficult position these days? N.C. farmers who feel the very real pain of the trade war Trump escalated with China. In response to Trump’s reckless tariffs on Chinese goods — the costs of which fall on U.S. consumers — China has imposed stiff tariffs on soybeans and other products that are key to North Carolina’s farm economy.
  • All of which likely won’t come from North Carolina’s senators, including Thom Tillis, who once at least pretended to stand up to the worst of Donald Trump. Now, apparently, he has abandoned the state he represents for the president he thinks he needs.
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