Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) was harshly criticized on Friday after voting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to block witnesses from testifying during President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.
Tillis is facing voters in 2020 as he stands for his first re-election.
Even before the vote on witnesses, Tillis was calling for a vote to acquit Trump.
We have heard 16 hours of questions from Senators to the House managers and White House counsel, and the Democrats still have a weak case against the President with no grounds to remove him. It’s time for the Senate to vote to acquit President @realDonaldTrump. #impeachment pic.twitter.com/QIvy4GNc5d
— Senator Thom Tillis (@SenThomTillis) January 31, 2020
State Sen. Erica Smith, one of the Democrats challenging Tillis, blasted the vote.
“Based on the documents from the House and what the House impeachment leaders and presenters have shared, it appears our president is guilty of obstruction of Congress as well as getting foreign assistance as it pertains to Joe Biden’s son,” Smith told the Charlottesville Observer.
The decision was also ripped by Cal Cunningham, who is also running against Tillis.
“If Senator Tillis actually cared about fairness or his sworn constitutional duty, he would have voted to permit witnesses today — instead he denied North Carolinians’ valuable information, not only to aid Mitch McConnell’s cover up of President Trump, but to maintain his good graces with the White House as he seeks reelection,” Cunningham said.
As a former military prosecutor, I've been clear throughout this process that a fair trial should include witnesses & documents. Thom Tillis refused to give North Carolinians the fair trial we expect.https://t.co/aoi5A7z2yF
— Cal Cunningham (@CalforNC) January 31, 2020
Others had even harsher criticism.
I'm a North Carolinian and we are tired of Traitor Thom Tillis kissing Donald Trump's ass every day in an attempt to keep his job.
— Alex Longblade (@AlexLongblade) January 31, 2020
May Cal Cunningham beat the pants off of you, Tillis. I am tired of unethical and pathetic leadership in the great state of North Carolina.
— Regan Reding (@reganna) January 31, 2020
— Derek Willis (@derekwillis) January 31, 2020
So here’s the deal: North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis is a loyal ally of Mitch McConnell and a member of McConnell’s Cover-Up Gang. Together, they are working to rig Trump’s impeachment trial. So let make his run for re-election his worst nightmare. No votes
— Sally Bentley (@bentleysally133) January 31, 2020
North Carolina democrats are already out with a statement attacking Senator Tillis for his vote to block witnesses pic.twitter.com/KB8HjjNnAl
— Alana Abramson (@aabramson) January 31, 2020
Bernie Sanders urged to end 2020 bid — by his own campaign manager and longtime strategist: Washington Post
Vermont independent Senator Bernie Sanders is receiving advice to quickly exit the 2020 presidential campaign, The Washington Post reported Saturday.
"A small group of Bernie Sanders’s top aides and allies — including his campaign manager and his longtime strategist — have encouraged the independent senator from Vermont to consider withdrawing from the presidential race," the newspaper reported, citing "two people with knowledge of the situation."
Trump appears to have fraudulently manipulated financial markets yet again
Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.
It was a busy week for the regime, as Trump and his team work tirelessly to manage the political fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, but it seems like he made time for some fraud.
In March, global oil prices crashed as a result of a dispute between Russia and the Saudis, dragging down stock markets and making it unprofitable to extract shale oil, which accounts for almost two-thirds of crude oil production in the U.S.
How a general strike might play out in the United States
The idea that pandemic-related economic insecurity might spur a general strike has been trending among pundits and the public in the past week. Such a labor action, which would imply a complete shutdown of all industries as all workers cease showing up to work, would be historically unprecedented, a prominent historian told Salon.
This article first appeared in Salon.