“Disgusting and Repugnant”: Senator Tommy Tuberville Reports Retired Gen. Hayden to Capitol Police Following Online Threat

by | Oct 11, 2023 | News

Republican Senator Tommy Tuberville has reported Retired U.S. Air Force General Michael V. Hayden to the Capitol Police following a hostile exchange on X, the social media site formerly known as Twitter.

The dispute ignited when Hayden, a former director of the CIA and NSA, responded to a post suggesting Tuberville should be removed from his congressional assignments, including his position on the armed services committee. Hayden’s reply stated Tuberville should be “removed from the human race,” a comment that has since sparked outrage.

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The discord appears to root from Tuberville’s recent blockade of key military confirmations in protest of Pentagon’s policies on abortion, which drew Hayden’s ire. Following the social media exchange, Tuberville condemned Hayden’s comments as “disgusting and repugnant,” emphasizing his disappointment over the discourse, especially coming from a former government official.

Tuberville alleges that Hayden’s remarks constitute a serious crime and expects legal actions if the justice system remains unpolitical. He also used this opportunity to remind the public of Hayden’s controversial stance in the past, including his involvement in what Tuberville referred to as the “Russia Hoax” and misinformation concerning Hunter Biden’s laptop during the 2020 election campaign.

Furthermore, Tuberville accused Democrats of maintaining a “deafening silence” on the issue, urging for a collective condemnation of Hayden’s remarks. He expressed concern over the divisiveness and hostility displayed, citing it as contrary to American values.

The incident reflects the rising tension within the political landscape, showcasing the ease at which disagreements can escalate on social media platforms. It also brings forth questions regarding the legal boundaries of online political discourse, especially when it involves public figures and potentially harmful rhetoric.

This altercation between Senator Tuberville and General Hayden further emphasizes the ideological chasm between individuals even within governmental and military circles, spotlighting the challenging discourse surrounding U.S. domestic policies.

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