GOP’s Tommy Tuberville Deemed A ‘Clown’ For Trying To Use D-Day In Political Attacks

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Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) faced extensive frustration this weekend after trying to use D-Day — the Allies’ incursion into Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II — in a political attack on President Joe Biden.

“Joe Biden has no respect for anything or anyone,” claimed a post from Tuberville’s personal account on X, formerly known as Twitter. “I was in Normandy this week. Joe Biden could barely stand or much less keep his eyes open at a ceremony HONORING D-day heroes. When Trump was in office, we had zero wars and a strong military. Under Joe Biden we are on the brink of 3 wars and his military is focused on gender and DEI.”

In fact, there was no systematic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan until after Trump left office, and Trump got behind significant U.S. military action overseas like strikes targeting the Syrian government and the targeted assassination of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani.

Tuberville’s assertion that the U.S. military is now “focused on gender” and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) also misrepresents the facts. In fact, though Tuberville’s claims are vague enough to make precise fact-checking difficult, the U.S. military is running on conventionally massive budgets hinging not on “gender” but regular preparedness. The annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) isn’t just imaginary!

“This clown. Everything is political including Normandy,” replied Adam Kinzinger, a former Republican Congressman and longtime Air National Guard member. “What were you thinking Alabama? This guy makes you look pretty bad.”

“You had zero business being in Normandy, traitor,” replied a platform user identifying themselves as Art Candee. They presumably had in mind Tuberville’s role in opposing the 2020 presidential election results when up for prospective certification by national legislators.

Tuberville also recently faced criticism for allegedly propping up Putin-aligned arguments in the context of Russia’s war with Ukraine. He tried essentially roping the U.S. into an allegedly driving role behind the war, defensively claiming that Putin “just wants to make sure that he does not have United States weapons in Ukraine, pointing at Moscow.”