Since announcing my campaign to challenge Thom Tillis to represent North Carolina in the U.S. Senate two weeks ago, the Swamp – Washington politicians and their consultants – have come out of the woodwork to challenge my support of President Trump.
In 2016, during the presidential primary, like other conservatives I had my doubts about Mr. Trump. Without a policy record, I questioned whether he would govern as a conservative. Like millions of Americans, I could not more delighted, and frankly amazed, at how he has transformed this country in the last two years. His policies and leadership have more than fulfilled his commitment to conservatives and to the American people and I proudly stand with him in his initiatives.
Mr. Tillis, on the other hand, has publicly opposed the president numerous times. My doubts were in 2016. In 2019, Thom Tillis wrote a scathing op-ed opposing the president on the emergency funding for the border wall and he placed it in The Washington Post, the biggest opponent of the president in media, save MSNBC and CNN.
What’s worse, Tillis co-sponsored a bill with liberal Democrat New Jersey Senator Cory Booker to protect the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s search and destroy investigation against President Trump.
When President Trump proposed cuts to foreign aid spending by 30%, Thom Tillis said ‘No.’
Thom Tillis voted to bust President Trump’s 2018 and 2019 budgets by $200 billion and voted to give Congress a veto over President Trump’s tariffs.
Veto power over the most successful negotiating position the President could put us in?
This is what Washington insiders do, they claim to be something that they are not. Tillis has proven, time after time, that he does not have the president’s back. When it comes to difficult decisions to do the right thing for the American people, President Trump goes one way, Tillis goes the other.
The Senate Leadership Fund, the Washington insider Super PAC that ran ads supporting anti-Trump Senator Jeff Flake two years ago, is now trying to tell the media and voters in North Carolina that Tillis is pro-Trump. I say actions speak louder than words.
That’s why President Trump has turned Washington upside down. He is actually accomplishing what he told the voters he would do in 2016. He cut taxes and cut onerous regulations on businesses to allow them to thrive, which they, and the economy have done. Job numbers at an all-time low. On foreign policy, he has crushed ISIS, brought home three hostages and Otto Wambier from North Korea. Despite all the naysayers, President Trump got North Korea to the table, is standing up to Russia and China and Iran and affirming our close alliance with Israel in the Middle East.
President Trump has been the most pro-life president in the last several decades and he has stood strong to protect religious liberty both on the domestic and international front.
After elected he worked quickly to repeal Obamacare only to be stymied by John McCain. On his signature issue, he has done everything in his power to build the wall he promised the American people he would build and is getting it done by finding bloated bureaucratic spending that could be better spent on protecting the American people.
Fulfilling your promises to the American people is foreign to the elite powerbrokers in Washington who want to keep the status quo and their padded consulting and lobbying fees.
The powerbrokers and establishment in U.S. Senate, like Tillis and Mitch McConnell, want to keep their power and have shown they will oppose the president at will to do so.
These are the reasons North Carolinians need a new, fresh, outside-the-Beltway conservative to represent them. Someone who can admit when they are wrong about this president and who can work with him to continue to fulfill his promises to the American people.
Garland Tucker, a respected entrepreneur, founded Triangle Capital Corporation, in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is the author of Conservative Heroes: Fourteen Leaders Who Changed America – Jefferson to Reagan.
This opinion piece first appeared in The American Spectator.