U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) said he’s not backing down on his military holds despite more criticism coming from President Joe Biden.
The senator continues to block military promotions to pressure the Defense Department to end its abortion policy for servicemembers
During the Truman Civil Right’s Symposium Thursday, Biden accused Tuberville of not supporting the men and women in the military.
“Something dangerous is happening,” Biden said. “The Republican Party used to always support the military, but today they’re undermining the military. The senior senator from Alabama, who claims to support our troops, is now blocking more than 300 military operations with his extreme political agenda.”
The ball is in the Democrat's court:
? End the fast-track approval hold by removing abortion… pic.twitter.com/rB7lnSgf0v
— Tony Perkins (@tperkins) July 28, 2023
Tuberville responded to Biden’s comments on X, saying he’s not going to change his position until the illegal abortion policy is ended.
“President Biden spoke last night at the Truman Civil Rights Symposium,” Tuberville said Friday “He’s decided that this would be a GREAT avenue to use to attack me…he’s clearly mistaken. My stance HAS NOT and WILL NOT change. I will uphold the rule of law. Stand with me in this fight and let’s send Joe Biden a clear message.”
President Biden spoke last night at the Truman Civil Rights Symposium. He's decided that this would be a GREAT avenue to use to attack me…he's clearly mistaken. My stance HAS NOT and WILL NOT change. I will uphold the rule of law. Stand with me in this fight and let's send Joe… pic.twitter.com/kyjA8NSdwk
— Tommy Tuberville (@TTuberville) July 28, 2023
Other Republican senators have also spoken out in support of Tuberville, including U.S. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah).
Stop Blaming Senator Tuberville, President Biden—You Did This. pic.twitter.com/VoFRHoqxJv
— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) July 28, 2023
“[T]he President of the United States…made some comments that I regard as not only insensitive and inflammatory, but also downright misleading and unfair,” Lee said. “He’s made them about and directed them toward a member of this body, our friend and colleague, the senator from Alabama Senator Tuberville.”
Lee said Biden is the one to blame for the current military holds.
“And the President of the United States has the audacity to lay at [Tuberville’s] feet any sufferings, and misfortune, and unhappiness among these families, and military readiness that may flow from it, when he himself knows darn well that in order to score cheap political points with the abortion lobby he’s willing to bring these things on,” he said. “And then he has the audacity to blame this on one senator from Alabama.
“Shame on you President Biden. Shame on you.”