Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, a conservative Republican, has been nominated for removal “from the human race” by a former director of the CIA. Tuberville has reported Gen. Michael Hayden’s comments to the Capitol Police.
Hayden is a four-star general and former director of the National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency. On Monday, he advocated on X/Twitter that he wanted Sen. Tuberville removed “from the human race.“
After receiving criticism for promoting violence against an elected member of the Senate, Hayden doubled down: “I was surprised to wake up this morning and discover that many MAGAnuts had lost their minds over my suggestion that ‘Coach’ Tuberville not be considered a member of the human race. I stand by that view. I’m wishing you all a nice day even the intransigent Tommy Tuberville,” he wrote, attempting to reword his original statement.
Hayden has over 342,000 followers of his X/Twitter account.
Tuberville is on the Senate Armed Services Committee and has blocked the bulk confirmations of hundreds of military officers who are waiting for promotions. Tuberville is protesting a Pentagon policy that pays for women troops’ out-of-state travel for abortion.
Tuberville released a statement on Tuesday:
“This morning my office was made aware of statements made by General Michael Hayden calling for politically motivated violence. These statements are disgusting and they are repugnant to everything we believe in as Americans. Given General Hayden’s long career in Washington, he must have known he was committing a serious crime. If we still have a nonpolitical justice system in this country, then General Hayden will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. My office has reported this incident to the Capitol Police and I expect that they will once again do an excellent job protecting members of Congress and bringing criminals to justice,” he said.
“The deafening silence from Democrats about this today tells us everything we need to know about their commitment to ‘Our Democracy.’ Sadly, General Hayden is just the latest in a long line of Washington Leftists who have engaged in reckless rhetoric against me over the past few months.
“I am a conservative and a Republican, but above all, I am an American who cares about this country and is deeply concerned for its future. I am not a politician, and when I came to Washington, I did not expect to be popular among the clown show,but I certainly did not expect to be threatened by former government officials like Michael Hayden.
“Anyone who actually cares about our country must condemn these reckless statements,” Tuberville said.
Mollie Hemingway, editor in chief of The Federalist, 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.”