U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) issued an official response Tuesday afternoon to former CIA director Michael Hayden’s threatening comment saying Tuberville should be “removed” from the human race.
In addition to reporting the comment to Capitol Police, Tuberville called Hayden’s social media post “disgusting” and said the general should be held accountable for the “serious crime.”
“My office has reported this incident to the Capitol Police and I expect that they will once again do an excellent job protecting members of Congress and bringing criminals to justice," Tuberville stated.
“This morning my office was made aware of a statement made by General Michael Hayden calling for a politically motivated assassination," he added. "This statement is disgusting and it is repugnant to everything we believe in as Americans. Given General Hayden’s long career in Washington, he must have known that, by making such a statement, he was committing a serious crime. His own efforts today to reinterpret what he said are only a tacit admission of guilt. If we still have a nonpolitical justice system in this country, then General Hayden will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. My office has reported this incident to the Capitol Police and I expect that they will once again do an excellent job protecting members of Congress and bringing criminals to justice."
He called on Democrat lawmakers to condemn Hayden’s threat against him.
"The deafening silence from Democrats about this incident today tells us everything we need to know about their commitment to ‘Our Democracy,’" Tuberville lamented. "Sadly, General Hayden is just the latest in a long line of Washington Leftists who have engaged in reckless rhetoric against me over the past few months."
He continued, “I am a conservative and a Republican, but above all, I am an American who cares about this country and is deeply concerned for its future. I am not a politician, and when I came to Washington, I did not expect to be popular among the clown show, but I certainly did not expect to be threatened by former government officials like Michael Hayden. Anyone who actually cares about our country must condemn this reckless statement.”
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