To the Editor:

I commend Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., for the leadership he displayed in his recent National Unity message calling for justice for George Floyd and ending violence across America. I applaud his acknowledgment of the right of peaceful demonstrators to demand justice and his condemnation of rioters for encouraging acts of violence that divide our nation.

Ultimately, I was disappointed the he was simply leading from behind, unwilling to denounce or even acknowledge the destructive role played by the “Divider in Chief” in the person of the current president of the United States. This was a defining moment that Sen. Tillis missed to show real leadership and speak truth to power.

Kathryn Ross,

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