Retired General Attacks Sen. Tommy Tuberville

Tommy Tuberville

( – Republican US Senator Tommy Tuberville was verbally attacked by a highly-respected retired US Army general as “despicable” for blocking senior military promotions to protest Biden administration policies.

Tuberville, a first-term GOP senator from Alabama, is a Senate Armed Services Committee member.

Since February 2023, he has been blocking hundreds of senior military promotions to protest a new policy of President Joe Biden’s Defense Department that covers travel costs for US service members seeking abortion in a different state.

The policy was instituted after the June 2022 Dobbs ruling of the US Supreme Court, which made it clear abortion is not a constitutional right.

Tuberville has promised to keep his hold on military promotions until Biden’s Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin abandons the pro-abortionist policy.

However, according to retired US Army Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, the Republican senator is “damaging the national security of our nation” with his hold, as cited by Newsmax.

“This despicable man @SenTuberville is knowingly continuing to further misplaced distrust of our institutions & he is significantly damaging the national security of our nation,” Herltling wrote in a tweet Monday.

“@GOPSenators: you all need to stop this. He is an embarrassment to all of you as he continues,” added the former commander of the Seventh Army and the US Army in Europe.

According to Newsweek, Tuberville’s blocking has left the US Marine Corps without a confirmed leader for the first time in 164 years after Commandant Gen. David Berger retired on Monday.

Hertling retweeted a video of Tuberville’s CNN interview in which he was asked if white supremacists were racist.

“Well, that’s some people’s opinion… My opinion of a white nationalist, if someone wants to call them white nationalist, to me is an American. If people think a white nationalist is a racist, I agree with that,” the senator said.

Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) seemed to indirectly criticize Tuberville over the latter’s stance on “white supremacy.”

“Do you have any concerns that you have a member of your conference, Sen. Tuberville, that seems to have a hard time denouncing white nationalism?” a reporter asked McConnell.

“White Supremacy is simply unacceptable in the military and in our whole our country,” said the top Senate Republican without elaborating.