As our Managing Editor Jennifer Van Laar reported, retired General and former CIA Director Michael Hayden took to X (formerly Twitter) to post what seemed to be a death wish for Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville.
Quoting a Twitter post that asked, "Should Tommy Tuberville be removed from his committee? Yes or No?" Hayden wrote, "How about the human race?"
How about the human race? https://t.co/UCGCfF1lA3— Gen Michael Hayden (@GenMhayden) October 10, 2023
Van Laar actually did a screen grab of the post because many were confident that just like our State Department with their Israel posts, he'd have to backtrack this casual threat and purge it. Instead, after much criticism, Hayden doubled down.
I was surprised to wake up this morning and discover that many MAGAnuts had lost their minds over my suggestion that “Coach” Tuberville not be considered a member of the human race. I stand by that view. I’m wishing you all a nice day even the intransigent Tommy Tuberville.— Gen Michael Hayden (@GenMhayden) October 10, 2023
Ahh, Hayden is using big words now. Yes, as Van Laar covered, Sen. Tuberville has been intransigent on Biden's Department of Defense nominees because he is taking a principled stance to see an end to the abortion tourism mess.
Unlike many Republicans, Tuberville has remained steadfast in his opposition and continues to place holds on senior military promotions. Hayden's retired. What does he care? Or is Tuberville blocking nominees for whom Hayden greased the skids?
Whatever Hayden's reasons, it's not a good look and he deserved the backlash he received. Despite Hayden's claims, it's not just "MAGAnuts," who are upset over his attempt at... ahem... discourse.
I used to admire you and listen to you a [LOT] GENERAL but overtime after becoming one of the 50, I see you now much differently. Like a little man, a strange man, indeed a hateful man. pic.twitter.com/KqUJuELwQJ— Bill Badey (@10903) October 10, 2023
At first, Tuberville commented on Hayden's posts and commentary in his inimitable Southern fashion and expressed hope that he'd receive an apology.
"It was one of those late-night tweets," Tuberville said following a Walker County Chamber of Commerce speech. "... I would expect an apology soon. I would hope. The problem is you've got so many psychos out there that read that stuff, and we have enough problems with death threats and all those [things] that go on anyway, but you think this guy would know a little bit better. It's obvious he should've never been in the position he was in."
"It's obvious that he doesn't have both oars in the water," Tuberville said. "He shouldn't drink every day. I don't know what he's doing. That's uncalled for. I've never said that about anybody, whether you like them or dislike them. Even Alabama fans never said that about me when I was Auburn's coach."
But since Hayden's double-down, Tuberville issued a public statement on the matter.
My statement on General Hayden. pic.twitter.com/KQ0sLz6gTQ— Coach Tommy Tuberville (@SenTuberville) October 10, 2023
Tuberville has since reported the incident to the Capitol Police. The former CIA spook will be under investigation.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) released the following statement regarding General Michael Hayden’s comments that called for violence against Senator Tuberville.
“This morning my office was made aware of a statement made by General Michael Hayden calling for a politically motivated assassination. 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.
Tuberville also called out the Democrats for their silence. Aren't they the ones that scream, "Silence is violence"?
“I am not aware of a single Democrat member of Congress who has condemned this reckless statement. This deafening silence tells us everything we need to know about Democrats and their commitment to ‘Our Democracy.’ In fact, Democrats have only continued to attack me by name today. 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. This must stop and it must stop now.
Tuberville then reminded America of Hayden's record of failure and collusion against the very people and Constitution he swore to protect.
“General Hayden presided over some of the biggest failures in the history of American intelligence, such as the September 11 attacks and the lack of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. Further, General Hayden actively participated in the Russia Hoax and lied about Hunter Biden’s laptop to get Joe Biden elected President. Both of these lies tore our country apart and did enormous damage to the fabric of our republic. General Hayden is in no position to criticize anyone as his credibility was completely destroyed long ago.
Tuberville finally called for the lies and the propaganda to stop and for the reckless statements, like the ones issued by Hayden, to be condemned.
“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 certainty did not expect to be lied about on the Senate floor and threatened by former government officials like Michael Hayden. Anyone who actually cares about our country must go on the record and condemn his reckless statements.”
Tuberville's credibility and record stand in stark contrast to Hayden's years as provocateur and fabulist. This is one way to rescind the shadow influence and never-ending careers of these swamp rats.