During an interview with CNN , Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) could not agree that the term “white nationalist” refers to someone who is racist.
From The Wrap:
On the first episode of her new CNN primetime show “The Source,” Kaitlan Collins tried really hard to give Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville a chance to walk back statements he made recently that sure sounded like he was defending the racist ideology known as white nationalism.
Instead, while he repeatedly said he rejects racism, he also repeatedly (and incorrectly) insisted that white nationalism is not racist, that saying otherwise is merely “some people’s opinion,” and that “most white people” in the military actually are white nationalists.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 11, 2023
For the record: The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines ‘white nationalist’ as “one of a group of militant white people who espouse white supremacy and advocate enforced racial segregation.”
But Sen. Tommy Tuberville calls that an “opinion.”
Tuberville has been in the headlines lately due to his use of procedural roadblocks to single-handedly block all military promotions in an attempt to force the military to adopt strict anti-abortion polices.
As I previously reported, the Marine Corps currently has no Senate-confirmed leader for the first time in over 100 years because Tuberville has blocked ALL senior military promotions for 7 months in protest of a Pentagon policy that pays travel expenses for troops if they cannot obtain abortions in their state.
Rachel Scott from ABC News caught up to Tuberville today and he tripled-down on his position.
Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville tells @rachelvscott that white nationalists shouldn't all be labeled as "racist" while also insisting he opposes racism. https://t.co/FiFvbg60XC pic.twitter.com/c02SOUVmFP
— ABC News (@ABC) July 11, 2023