Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Alabama) believes the U.S. military should not block white nationalists from serving in the armed forces.

Speaking to WBHM, an NPR station in Birmingham, Alabama, Tuberville complained that military recruitment was slowing down “because the Democrats are attacking our military, saying we need to get out the white extremists, the white nationalists, people that don’t believe in our agenda, as Joe Biden’s agenda.”

“They’re destroying it,” Tuberville added, referring to the military’s recruitment goals.



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When WBHM host Richard Banks asked the Alabama senator whether he believes white nationalists should be allowed to serve, Tuberville said that he does not see them as radicals, “I call them Americans.”

“What happened after January the xixth—and I was here on January the sixth—we were attacked on the Senate floor,” Tuberville recalled. “Saying all these people that came into the Capitol were extremists, they were against the country. There was a lot of people. There were probably a hundred of them that came in, broke windows and broke doors that should have been locked up. That’s not how we do it in America. But there were hundreds of thousands that didn’t come in, outside, that were true Americans that believe in this country.”

When pressed by reporters at the Capitol on Thursday, Tuberville attempted to clarify his responses to Banks’ questions, saying that the issue is that “Democrats characterize all MAGA Republicans in the military as white nationalists” and that it is “wrong” to characterize them that way.

“We got a lot of great people in the military that are MAGAs, that’s what I was talking about,” he added.

“I look at a White nationalist as a, as a Trump Republican. That’s what we’re called all the time, a MAGA person, that’s what I’m just that. Well, I agree that we should not be characterizing Trump supporters as White nationalists,” Tuberville told a group of reporters.

“My first day here was Jan. 6, [2021] I had several senators stand up on the Senate floor and said, ‘We got too many white nationalists around here.’ What the heck is that? I mean, we all got different beliefs, you know. I’m a church of Christ. We’ve got Catholics, we’ve got different people. And we all have to make one military. We can’t start distinguishing different types of people.”

Tuberville’s office attempted to further clarify his comments. “Sen. Tuberville’s quote shows that he was being skeptical of the notion that there are white nationalists in the military, not that he believes they should be in the military,” said his spokesman Steven Stafford.

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