Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) has attracted numerous critics in Washington and the administrative state as a result of his principled stance against the Pentagon’s “illegal abortion policy” and the U.S. military’s various woke encumbrances. On Monday, the former head of the CIA made clear he was among them.
Whereas some of those critical of Tuberville’s refusal to approve military nominations en masse have attempted character assassinations, former CIA Director Michael Hayden appears to have a
different kind of assassination in mind.
What’s the background?
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s
Dobbs ruling, the Department of Defense implemented a policy and corresponding programs whereby taxpayer money would be spent on abortion in the military far beyond what is permitted under federal law. Accordingly, the Pentagon will now fund travel for service members and their dependents seeking to exterminate their unborn children and also provide them with paid time off.
Noting that this “is an illegal expansion of DoD authority and gross misuse of taxpayer dollars,” Tuberville took a stand.
Military nominees are usually confirmed in blocks of nominations by unanimous consent. This ensures a speedy turnaround. Hoping to chasten the Pentagon and prompt it to reverse what he
deemed an “illegal abortion policy,” Tuberville made clear he would invoke senatorial privilege and withhold consent.
previously noted that holds do not amount to blocks on nominations but require the majority leader, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) presently, to follow formal processes on the Senate floor. Tuberville has repeatedly indicated he’s just forcing the Senate to take roll-call votes.
Despite claims from the Democrats and certain Republicans alike that Tuberville’s stand poses a threat to national security, Schumer
buckled last month, setting up votes on individual nominees and demonstrating there had always been a workaround.
A Democratic X user named
Nathalie Jacoby posed the question Monday, “Should Tommy Tuberville be removed from his committee? Yes or No?”
Hayden — a cosigner of the bogus Oct. 19, 2020,
letter that sought to discredit the New York Post’s damning Hunter Biden laptop story ahead of the last presidential election — replied, “How about the human race?”
The suggestion from Hayden — who ran the National Security Agency when America was attacked in 2001 and previously called Tuberville an ”
idiot” — that a sitting U.S. senator be removed from the human race has prompted backlash online.
Stephen Miller, a contributing editor at the Spectator,
wrote, “Sorry what?”
Gregg Re of the Daily Wire
wrote, “Former CIA director hayden (torture enthusiast and left-wing hero) is seen here wishing for the death of a sitting US senator, Tommy Tuberville.”
Federalist editor in chief Mollie Hemingway
wrote, “Former CIA Director Michael Hayden calls for the assassination of Sen. Tuberville because the senator is performing desperately needed oversight of the U.S. Military. Hayden, a renowned civil liberties violator, promoted the Biden laptop coverup and the Russia collusion scam.”
Logan Dobson, the vice president of the Republican strategy firm Targeted Victory,
tweeted, “Them: The media and the deep state are not out to get Republicans, that’s a conspiracy theory. CNN National Security Analyst And Former Head Of The CIA Michael Hayden: Tommy Tuberville should be assassinated.”
A number of users have attempted to flag the attention of the U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI over what they interpreted to be a threat.
Long before he suggested that Tuberville be removed from the human race, Hayden
agreed with the characterization of Republicans as “nihilistic, dangerous & contemptible,” adding, “And I was the CIA Director.”
A spokesman for Tuberville indicated over the weekend that the Alabama Republican isn’t backing down.
“The Pentagon clearly thinks forcing taxpayers to facilitate abortion is more important than confirming their top nominees without a vote. They could end this situation TODAY by dropping their illegal and immoral policy and get everyone confirmed rapidly, but they refuse,” Tuberville spokesman Steve Stafford
told NBC News.
“If the Biden administration wants their nominees confirmed then Senate Democrats can do what Coach just did in September and file a cloture petition to force a vote,” added Stafford.
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