Tuberville to the ‘kids in Congress’: Trump ‘exactly right’ — ‘If you don’t love it, go back to where you want to go’
SCOTTSBORO — On Saturday, Republicans in the northeastern corner of Alabama got one of the first glimpses of former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville on the stump.
Tuberville, a candidate for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat up in 2020, spoke at the Young Republicans of Northeast Alabama before an audience of roughly 30 people, including three members of the Alabama legislature — State Senator Steve Livingston (R-Scottsboro), State House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) and State Rep. Tommy Hanes (R-Bryant).
The former Auburn coach offered his usual meat-and-potatoes stump speech, hitting on his desire to support President Donald Trump, the need to address the illegal immigration and border crises, and correcting shortfalls in the education system. However, he also took a shot at the “kids in Congress,” apparently referring to the foursome of freshman Democratic congresswomen known as “The Squad,” who include Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.).
“I’ve been all over the world – I’ve had a chance to go all over the world,” Tuberville said. “I’m telling you, we would not take any other place to live other than where we’re living today. I’ll be danged if we are going to give it to people that want to give it away. We got veterans in here. Thank you for what you do. My dad died on active duty. He loved this country. He loved it. He fought in World War II – five Bronze Stars and four Purple Hearts. He landed at Normandy, drove all the way across Europe with Patton.”
“It really tees me off – I hear these kids on television – kids in Congress trying to talk bad about our country,” he continued. “Donald Trump is exactly right: If you don’t love it, go back to where you want to go.”
He went on to reiterate his participation in the U.S. Senate election as an outsider and vowed not to be politically correct.
“I’m doing this for you – the people of Alabama and the people for this country,” Tuberville added “I’m a politician’s worst nightmare. I don’t need a job. I don’t need the money. And I ain’t going to be politically correct. I am going to go speak my peace. They are going to have to listen to me. And that’s what I got against a lot of our people in the Republican Party. Now I’m a Christian conservative, OK? I believe the things that we stand for in this country have been God, family, and education. Think about it – God, family, and education – and we’re losing all three of them.”