The prohibition of Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s promotion of the military on access to reproductive health care is seriously undermining national security while Senate Republicans remain silent.
The former leader of the Kentucky US Senate said on MSNBC’s Deadline: The White House:
There are many commands and units around the world that do not have a leader. That’s how important the soldiers below are. You say you support the military, then you play political games that prevent their promotion and pay. And you know, when you say it’s one senator, yes, that’s true. But look at all the Republican senators who are silent right now.
Can you imagine if in the last administration, Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders would have had to pay military salaries and raises because they were upset with Trump’s Pentagon personnel policy? Can you imagine the anger? This is where we are. So you know, the Republicans are quiet. Democracies must be strong. The Republican Party is no longer the party of national security. And this is another example why.
.@AmyMcGrathKY on #DeadlineWH talking about Senate Republicans’ silence on Tommy Tuberville’s military promotion ban “So you know, the Republicans are quiet. The Democrats have to be strong. The Republican Party is no longer the party of national security.” pic.twitter.com/R8aSuvwYp6
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) July 10, 2023
McGrath was not exaggerating.
Tuberville bragged to CNN’s Manu Raju that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell didn’t pressure him to quit:
Despite McConnell’s criticism of Tuberville’s actions, Tuberville said “no,” he is not being pressured by the GOP leader to quit.
– Manu Raju (@mkraju) July 10, 2023
Mitch McConnell has a lot of power in the Senate Republican caucus. He could quickly crush him if McConnell decides to go after Tuberville. McConnell took a shot at Rick Scott while fighting Scott’s platform to kill Social Security and Medicare.
McConnell can end this if he wants to, but the only thing Mitch McConnell cares about is being the Senate Majority Leader again, and if he has to use Tuberville to undermine national security so the Republicans can change the Senate, so be it.
Republicans do not support the military, and their silence in Tuberville is America’s last minute for the party of Donald Trump.
Jason is the editor-in-chief. He is also a White House Press Pool and DRM correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in public administration.
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