The North Carolina Republican Party voted to censure Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) during its annual GOP convention, accusing the state’s senior senator of violating the party’s platform on a number of key issues.
Republican officials approved the motion on Saturday, which simply stated that Tillis had committed “blatant violations of our party platform.” The motion did not specify what actions had constituted the violations.
A censure vote does not remove the lawmaker from office, nor does it hold any real punishment. Rather, the move is a symbolic vote to express dissatisfaction toward a lawmaker over their voting record or personal conduct.
The momentum to censure Tillis had reportedly been building for years, after Tillis initially rejected plans from then-President Donald Trump to allocate millions of dollars toward building a border wall along the southern border. Tillis ultimately walked back his stance, later endorsing Trump’s plan — but conservatives in the state have remained upset over it.
The renewed move to condemn Tillis also followed the North Carolina senator's work to help pass the Respect for Marriage Act last year, which codified legal protections for same-sex marriage — a move that is opposed by the majority of the Republican Party.
"Sen. Tillis has a history of walking right on the edge of angering Republicans," State Rep. Mark Brody (R) told WRAL News. "And this is the one where he finally stepped over."
A spokesperson for Tillis has not yet responded to a request for comment by the Washington Examiner.