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Sen. Thom Tillis Flip Flops Hard on Pledge to Vote Against Trump’s National Emergency

“Republicans need to realize that this will lead inevitably to regret when a Democrat once again controls the White House, cites the precedent set by Trump, and declares his or her own national emergency to advance a policy that couldn’t gain congressional approval.”

Those were the words of Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) in a Washington Post op-ed on Feb. 25 — as part of a piece in which he ceremoniously announced he would stand against President Donald Trump‘s national emergency declaration to secure funds for a southern border wall. But a lot, apparently, can change in 18 days.

In one of the more stark, sudden flip-flops in recent political memory, Tillis voted against the Senate resolution of disapproval of Trump’s emergency declaration. He was one of 41 Republicans to do so. But 12 of his colleagues broke ranks, and the measure passed 59-41. It is headed to the president’s desk, where he will issue the first veto of his presidency.

Observers on Twitter were quick to notice the about-face from Tillis. Here is a sampling of the reaction.

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