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Tillis “Fell Short” Yet Again and Caved to Party Pressure, This Time By Not Wearing a Mask at RNC

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August 28, 2020

Tillis “Fell Short” Yet Again and Caved to Party Pressure, This Time By Not Wearing a Mask at RNC

Tillis Has Repeatedly Fallen Short, Especially on Health Care Issues, Giving in to DC GOP Party Leaders

Tillis Previously Chastised NCians & Blamed Latino Community for COVID Spike, Falsely Claiming They Weren’t Wearing Masks

Raleigh, N.C. - This morning, video surfaced of Thom Tillis without a mask Thursday evening while he attended the final night of the Republican National Convention. There were more than 1,000 attendees at the event, few of whom wore masks or other face coverings. Earlier in the evening, Tillis had made a public show of his mask adherence at the White House event - a show that apparently ended the moment he took his seat. 


Tillis has routinely chastised the public about mask-wearing, including blaming Latinos for a spike in North Carolina coronavirus cases by falsely claiming they were not adhering to mask orders.


Piedmont Rising Executive Director Casey Wilkinson made the following statement:

“Tillis’ failure to adhere to mask and social distancing guidelines at the RNC is just another example in a long pattern of Tillis falling short while caving to pressure from his party in Washington even when he knows it's wrong. Whether it’s on masks, health care, prescription drugs, or extending federal unemployment payments, Washington Republicans and special interests can always count on Tillis to back their reckless agenda while North Carolinians get hurt.”

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