House Speaker Thom Tillis, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in North Carolina, once released a statement that said federal and state governments had "redistributed" "trillions of dollars over the years" — amounting to "de facto reparations."
That argument by Tillis, who is running to replace Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), came during anexplanation he offered on his website for why he supported a joint resolution expressing the North Carolina general assembly's regret for slavery. In his explanation for voting for it he tried to rebuff the idea that supporting that resolution would be a "slippery slope to reparations."
"This resolution acknowledges past mistakes and frees us to move on," Tillis wrote. "The following summarizes my perspective on concerns raised by some citizens who criticized the decision to support the resolution."
Tillis then went on to accuse a "subset of the democrat majority" that's kept pushing reparations. He warned that that subset would continue to do so as long as they are in the majority. Republicans took control of the General Assembly, for the first time in a century, in 2010.
"This measure does not obligate legislative members to provide reparations. A subset of the democrat [sic] majority has never ceased to propose legislation that is de facto reparations and they will continue to do so as long as they are in the majority," Tillis said. "Federal and State [sic] governments have redistributed trillions of dollars of wealth over the years by funding programs that are at least in part driven by their belief that we should provide additional reparations."
Which is why Tillis is so eager to end those programs. Trillions, you know. Democrats have "redistributed trillions" as "reparations" so we paid for your troubles and it's high time we stopped doing so, dagburnit.
But please tell me again how Democrats are running the "nastiest campaign ever" and how only Democrats need to be "disqualified" for not answering real questions.