1 year ago

Tuberville: I ‘thank God every day that we got Donald Trump elected’

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville appeared on “The Rick and Bubba Show” this week, talking more about his candidacy and belief system while commenting on some current national events. He also made a major pledge during the interview, which occurred live at the annual Regions Tradition golf tournament in Hoover.

Tuberville opened the show by saying he intends to be a “strong candidate” before telling co-hosts Rick Burgess and Bill “Bubba” Bussey why he decided to forgo his comfortable retirement to run for public office.

“This world and our country has lost it,” the former Auburn University head football coach said. “Thank God, and I do thank God every day that we got Donald Trump elected two years ago. I could not imagine where we would be today had he not got elected.”

He continued, “My son asked me when he was running, ‘Dad…[are] you going to vote for him?’ I said, ‘Yeah, here’s two reasons: he’s a patriot and he doesn’t need your money.’ He is going to do it his way, and I’m telling you, he’s done an outstanding job — even with all the swamp and the media after him every day.”

Tuberville then gave an urgent call to action for Americans to rally behind Trump’s re-election.

“And he has, I’m telling you now, he has got to win. All other elections are off, I mean he has got to win the next election,” he emphasized. “He’s got to get four more years.”

“Then of course, I want to go to the Senate to help him,” Tuberville added, explaining part of his motivation for running. “I’m not a politician, don’t want to be one. I’m an outsider like him (Trump). I’m a Christian conservative. I’m pro-life.”

He then remarked that he wanted the government to “quit spending money.”

Tuberville also slammed Congress’ inability to pass budgets on time every year, saying, “I’m so sick of it.”

“I’m somebody – I’ve always believed this, hey, get a budget up there, pass it or you don’t get paid,” he commented. “Do your job, do your job in the Congress.”

This is one of the things he intends to focus on if elected. Tuberville also announced that he will not take a salary. A source directly familiar has confirmed to Yellowhammer News that Tuberville will donate his salary to charity, much like Trump donates his salary to a different cause or government department each quarter.

“I’ve got a chance, and I don’t need the money. I’m going to go up there and work for free. And I’m going to go up there and make my name known for the people of the state of Alabama,” Tuberville told The Rick and Bubba Show.

He also joked about the state having Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) has its current junior senator.

“[The] people of Alabama want a conservative, I don’t know how we got the Democrat up there. It just happened to work out that way,” Tuberville said.

However, Jones being in his current seat is a serious problem, as Tuberville explained.

“He almost cost us a Supreme Court justice,” the Republican lamented, adding that the “main job” of a president and a senator “is to get great American judges in office.”

Tuberville praised the nominations that Trump has made and expressed confidence in the president continuing that trend. He said this was another reason that Trump’s re-election is especially vital, stressing that the correct judicial picks getting seated could “save this country” for a “significant” amount of time.

As someone who has been involved with education for 40 years, Tuberville advised that he has witnessed America’s public education system “slowly disintegrate.”

“We took prayer out of the schools in the mid-60’s. [Since] we did that, it’s really gone down hill,” Tuberville lamented.

He then pointed to what he views as unfair treatment of Christians in public schools.

“Let me give y’all a little stat. There’s 10 states, Texas being one of them, that there’s another religion that can have five prayers a day in the school. If we say the Lord’s Prayer, our kids get sent home. Wrong,” Tuberville said. “There’s a double standard in this country, and if we don’t stand up and start speaking out for God, prayer and the values that we need to get back, we’re not going to be a country anymore.”

“Now people need to get their head out of a hole and listen to what’s going on,” he continued. “It is getting bad — and worse.”

Tuberville pointed to the influx of illegal immigrants as a concerted plan to turn places like Texas “blue,” meaning they would vote for Democrats statewide.

“If we lose Texas, and that’s happening — it’s the border, the border… they want to turn it blue, and they’re almost blue now,” he said. “And if they get it blue, they’ll have Texas, California, Illinois, New York and almost Florida. You’ll not see another conservative Republican president in our lifetime if that happens. That oughta scare the heck out of you.”

Tuberville later decried what is happening in big cities across the nation, hitting “sanctuary cities,” before honing in on New York City, where his son works.

“Giuliani and Bloomberg had that place cleaned up, less crime. You go up there now, it’s embarrassing,” he shared, pointing to Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is close to jumping into the 2020 primary circus. “There’s trash on the streets, it stinks… the communist mayor they got – de Blasio, who’s going to run for president – I mean he wants everybody to have a home on the streets. You’ve got to be kidding me. It’s absolutely embarrassing.”

“Our fathers and parents and grandparents fought for this country, and it’s just amazing,” Tuberville added.

He then made his pro-life views clear.

“You know, we’ve lost 1.5 million in war since the Revolutionary War. 1.5 million. We’ve killed 60 million babies in that same amount of time. 60 million,” Tuberville emphasized. “What the heck are we doing? We have lost it. We have lost our morals, and you [have] people now that want to kill babies after being born?”

Bussey then said America regarding abortion has been “worse” than “Nazi Germany.”

Tuberville also slammed the speaker of British parliament for not allowing Trump to visit, saying America had bailed them out of two world wars and rebuilt their country with American tax dollars.

He then denounced the United States’ growing federal debt, coming out for a balanced budget.

Tuberville then criticized the revolving door of politicians becoming lobbyists.

“Put a stop to that,” he said. “Go home, get you[rself] a real job.”

The co-hosts joked that they were not sure if he was “a genius or crazy.”

“Well, I’ll tell you, I love this country,” Tuberville responded. “I love this state. I love the south. I love college football, I love sports. I love kids, I’ve worked with kids all my life. And it scares me, just watching some of these whack jobs on television in Congress.”

He proceeded to hit President Barack Obama over what Tuberville called “his apology tour.”

“We apologized for being number one,” Tuberville said. “If someone’s got to be number one, and if we’re not – you know, we help every country in the world – and if we can’t survive, then we can’t help them. So, we’ve got to be the leader.”

He said he is “excited” about the campaign.

“I think I can win it,” Tuberville emphasized.

Near the end of the interview, he even addressed speculation that University of Alabama football fans will be less inclined to vote for him. Tuberville also talked about the scourge of political correctness, double standards and activist liberal judges.

Watch the entire interview below, or listen here:

Sean Ross is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn

4 hours ago

Fmr Gov. Don Siegelman appears to be using outrage over George Floyd to sell new book

Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman to sell his new book is using robocalls that appear to reference the current unrest over George Floyd’s death while in Minneapolis police custody.

On Thursday afternoon, a Yellowhammer News reporter received a robocall from 1 (800) 890-5875, a number listed as “Robocaller” by the phone protection company NoMoRobo. The voiceover of the robocall was apparently recorded by Siegelman himself.

The message began, “Don Siegelman, your governor here. We’ve got to protect people from the abuse of power by police, prosecutors, or presidents.”

“My new book, Stealing our Democracy, is a wakeup call to action. It’s also number one among new releases on amazon.com,” the message added.

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An individual from the Wiregrass told Yellowhammer News that she also received the voicemail.

In addition to that, at least one Twitter user appeared to have received the robocall.

Siegelman was convicted on June 29, 2006, of conspiracy, bribery and fraud.

The former Alabama Democratic governor appeared to lump in his claimed unjust treatment by the authorities with the death of George Floyd.

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Siegelman is currently promoting his new book “Stealing Our Democracy.”

Yellowhammer News’ request for comment from Siegelman was not immediately returned. A message was left on his personal cell phone number.

He claimed the book is “#1 among new releases on amazon.com”

Yellowhammer News examined the new releases chart on Amazon.com, which revealed that Siegelman’s book is not in the top 100 best selling new releases.

However, the book is #1 in the sub-subcategory “Urban, State & Local Government Law.”

Urban, State & Local Government Law is one of 12 sub-subcategories of the “Administrative Law” subcategory.

The “Administrative Law” subcategory is one of 23 subcategories under the category “Law.”

“Law” is one of 36 categories into which Amazon divides the kinds new-release books that it sells.

As a matter of record, the book is only available for pre-order. It has not been released to the public yet.

The former governor’s book claims that his downfall and conviction of felony bribery were part of a politically motivated prosecution coordinated by Karl Rove.

His book will be released to the public on June 16.

Henry Thornton is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can contact him by email: henry@yellowhammernews.com or on Twitter @HenryThornton95

4 hours ago

Two charged with capital murder in slaying of Moody PD officer

Two suspects have been charged with capital murder in the case of slain Moody Police Department officer Stephen Williams.

The two suspects are 27-year-old male Tapero Corlene Johnson and 28-year-old female Marquisha Anissa Tyson. Both are from Birmingham and will be eligible for the death penalty if convicted.

At a press conference Friday, St. Clair County Sheriff Billy Murray described said the investigation is still continuing and described it as “complex and intense.”

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Williams was posthumously promoted to lieutenant at the press conference on Thursday by Moody Police Chief Thomas Hunt.

Hunt said Williams had remarked at times that he would like to achieve the rank of lieutenant someday, and now he will forever be known as Lt. Stephen Williams.

The District Attorney for St. Clair County said the two suspects had been in police custody since the shooting on Tuesday night.

Investigators say they have determined that Johnson and Tyson fired weapons at Williams who was responding to a disturbance at a Super 8 Motel.

A GoFundMe page to help Williams’ family has been raising money in recent days.

Williams served the public as a police officer for 23 years before being killed in the line of duty this week.

Governor Kay Ivey commented on the incident earlier in the week, saying Williams “died a hero.”

Henry Thornton is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can contact him by email: henry@yellowhammernews.com or on Twitter @HenryThornton95

5 hours ago

Data shows Alabama nursing homes performing better than national average for COVID-19 cases, deaths

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Thursday released facility-specific COVID-19 data for nursing homes across the United States, and an analysis of the data shows Alabama fairing better than the national average.

The data was collected on a mandatory basis by the CDC and currently covers through the week ending on May 31.

Nationwide, the average number of confirmed coronavirus cases per 1,000 residents in nursing homes was 91.2, while the average number of deaths from the disease per 1,000 residents was 30.2.

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In Alabama, both of those numbers were significantly lower than the national average, at 64.9 and 20.9, respectively.

Alabama Nursing Home Association president and CEO Brandon Farmer issued a statement on the data’s release.

“According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Alabama nursing homes report fewer cases of COVID-19 per 1,000 residents and fewer deaths from COVID-19 per 1,000 residents than the national average,” he confirmed.

“Because we are on the front lines of fighting COVID-19, we expect the number of COVID-19 cases to rise as more tests are administered and the data is added to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) system. The Alabama Nursing Home Association hopes this data will be used to prioritize resources for skilled nursing facilities,” Farmer advised.

“Alabama nursing homes have been transparent from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he continued. “Our members have reported cases to their local county health department and the Alabama Department of Public Health from the start. In May, we began reporting cases to the CDC. Facilities also inform residents and their family representatives and employees of cases in their buildings. We are following the guidelines set forth by the multiple state and federal agencies that regulate our sector. No other business or health care provider reports COVID-19 cases to more government entities and people than nursing homes.”

Nationwide, nursing homes reported 95,515 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 31,782 deaths through May 31. Nursing homes in Alabama reported 1,000 confirmed cases and 335 deaths.

Moving forward, CMS will release the next round of data on June 18. After that date, new data should be released weekly.

“The Alabama Nursing Home Association and its members will continue to work with local, state and federal leaders to address the needs of nursing home residents and employees,” Farmer concluded.

The CMS data can be viewed here.

As of Friday at 2:00 p.m., the Alabama Department of Public Health reported 19,073 total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state, with 672 deaths.

Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn

6 hours ago

NFIB survey of Alabama business owners shows ongoing COVID-19 related fears

A new study from the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) showed that an overwhelming majority of proprietors are nervous about several aspects of how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting their business.

Yellowhammer News reported in the first week of May that 70% of the NFIB’s membership across the United States was concerned about individuals filing frivolous lawsuits claiming a business had caused them to catch COVID-19.

A poll from the Alabama division of NFIB this week shows that 69% of businesses in the Yellowhammer State remain nervous about lawsuits, and roughly equal amounts are worried whether customers might come back and that it may prove difficult to comply with ongoing regulations.

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The top results of the survey as follows:

  • 70% of owners say they’re very or moderately concerned about getting customers back.
  • 69% are concerned about managing the health and safety of their customers; 66% are concerned about managing the health and safety of employees.
  • 69% are concerned with having to comply with new regulations related to the coronavirus.
  • 68% are concerned about finding an adequate supply of supplies such as hand sanitizer and disinfectant.

NFIB state director Rosemary Elebash told Yellowhammer News Friday that the survey was administered to businesses in every county and every city with a significant population.

“It wasn’t just NFIB members,” Elebash added about the survey, saying the group had worked with a number of trade associations to increase the amount of responses.

The NFIB also continues to strongly support Senator Arthur Orr’s (R-Decatur) bill to grant civil immunity from COVID-19 lawsuits to businesses in Alabama.

Elebash noted in a release that Orr’s bill would be “one of NFIB’s top priorities” if Governor Kay Ivey calls a special session later in the year.

Henry Thornton is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can contact him by email: henry@yellowhammernews.com or on Twitter @HenryThornton95

6 hours ago

Tuberville: Nationwide unrest linked to ‘education and jobs’

Many argue there is much more to the civil unrest across the nation than the lone incident in Minneapolis involving the death of George Floyd while in the custody of the police department. Former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville indicated he agrees with that.

During an appearance on Huntsville WVNN’s “The Jeff Poor Show,” Tuberville, a candidate for U.S. Senate, said based on his interactions with people on the campaign trail, there is a longing to get back to a sense of normalcy in the wake of the heights of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I speak to eight to ten places a day — groups are worried, obviously. I think they’re getting a little more confident they can go out and be around other people,” he said. “And we’re just hoping we can just put this pandemic, and it is a problem, it is serious — again, you’ve got to protect yourself. It’s not going away. It is still here, especially if you’re having health problems and those things. That will go away — but then all of a sudden we get hit with this civil unrest, and again — we’re all Americans. We’re all in this together. We’ve got to find a solution.”

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Tuberville said he is asked for his thoughts by voters while on the trail, to which he said he points to “education and jobs,” and the erosion of the American middle class.

“I had a group ask me today, ‘Coach, what do you think the problem is?’ Education and jobs. We don’t have a middle class anymore,” Tuberville stated. “There are people out there that don’t have the opportunity to advance in this country like they want to. This is not a black issue. This is not a white issue. This is an American issue. We shipped our jobs to China, bottom line. We’re finding out more and more about that every day, and we’ve got to give the opportunity for young men and women to have a chance to grow in this country, and give them a fair chance. Unfortunately, our middle class has dissipated. We have more drugs in this country, and a lot of people take other options. We got to understand — we’re all in this together, 340 million people. We’re either going to make it together or not make together.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Alabama, the editor of Breitbart TV, a columnist for Mobile’s Lagniappe Weekly and host of Huntsville’s “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN.