Have you ever met a racist who didn’t vehemently deny their own racism?
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.
On Thursday, reporters in the Capitol pressed Tuberville on his comments. He told them that “you can’t have racists” on any team, and he claimed it’s Democrats who are the problem, accusing them of painting all Trump supporters as white nationalists.
“The Democrats characterize all MAGA Republicans in the military as white nationalists, wrong. Wrong. OK?” Tuberville told reporters Thursday. “We can’t get politics in the military. This has nothing to do with extremists.”
“I look at a white nationalist as a Trump Republican. That’s what we’re called all the time, a MAGA person.”
The comments came as Tuberville continued to hold up Senate approval of a slew of military appointments over his opposition to Pentagon abortion policies.
Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer said Thursday on the Senate floor that Tuberville’s words were “gravely damaging” and that senators “are called to a higher standard of conduct.”
Julie Tsirkin of NBC news contacted Tuberman who crazily attempted to walk back his comments by asking the reporter. “What is a White Nationalust”anyway?