Op-Ed Oops! Sen. Thom Tillis Mocked For Flip-Flopping on Trump’s Emergency Declaration

Tillis backed down at the last minute due to threats of a primary challenge next year.

Weeks after penning a Washington Post op-ed promising to vote for a resolution disapproving of President Trump’s national emergency declaration on border wall funding, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) reversed course on Thursday and announced on the Senate floor that he would actually oppose the resolution.

Considering that the Trump-supporting senator made waves by writing a column explaining why he thought it was wrong for the president to use of an emergency declaration to secure additional funds for the wall and circumvent Congress, it was obvious that Tillis would get hammered for this flip-flop. Especially since he prostrated himself for the most cynical of political reasons — he was scared of an upcoming primary.

As soon as Tillis’ submission to Trump went public, Twitter wasted no time pointing its collective finger and laughing at the North Carolina Republican:

In the end, the Senate was still able to easily pass the resolution, as 12 GOP senators joined the Democrats to the tune of a 59-41 vote. The margin, however, is not enough to override an expected veto from Trump.


Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.