Recently elected Republican Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville is being mocked for his remarks on the creation of a bipartisan commission to further investigate the events of January 6 surrounding the Capitol insurrection.
Tuberville, who is one of former President Donald Trump's staunchest allies, told reporter Andrew Solender from Forbes he refused to support the bipartisan commission until the Senate made it "bipartisan."
Clearly Tuberville's understanding of the word "bipartisan" is a bit skewed, as the proposal for the bipartisan commission is to compose it of 50% Democrats and 50% Republicans.
GOP Sen. Tommy Tuberville told me just now he’s opposed to the Jan. 6 commission “until they make it bipartisan.”— Andrew Solender (@Andrew Solender) 1621893699.0
@AndrewSolender Yikes. From the same guy who said the US entered WWII to "fight socialism" and who couldn't name th… https://t.co/HbBMfdptZ1— Victoria Brownworth (@Victoria Brownworth) 1621902239.0
@AndrewSolender So an "independant commission made up of 1/2 dem 1/2 rep" isn't bipartisan? What am I missing?— Stuck in the Political Center (@Stuck in the Political Center) 1621943193.0
@AndrewSolender Um...what? It already is. Oh that’s right I forgot their idea of bipartisanship is getting 100%… https://t.co/Di8lE2wrw2— mickey horne (@mickey horne) 1621938537.0
The vote to create the commission already passed in the House, and with 35 Republican votes—even more than the number of Republicans who crossed the aisle and voted to impeach President Trump for his role in inciting the January 6 insurrection.
Tuberville's assertion makes even less sense in that context, as the bill passed in a more bipartisan fashion than pretty much any significant piece of legislation that has made it through the House of Representatives.
Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) said that he would oppose a January 6 Commission unless they made it bipartisan. The… https://t.co/F2jWjf6Loa— JRehling (@JRehling) 1621910203.0
If Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville farted, how many brain cells would he have left? https://t.co/YlTxjH0xXV— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!) 1621911456.0
I’m opposed to Tommy Tuberville until he reads a book. https://t.co/BpA015qoBt— Emily A. (@Emily A.) 1621897037.0
One of the dumbest GQPers in the Senate Tommy Tuberville said he in no way will support an independent bipartisan J… https://t.co/pCVntfSSAj— Ricky Davila (@Ricky Davila) 1621911173.0
Doug Jones knows the meaning of bipartisan but Tommy Tuberville doesn't. Alabama will throw in Tommy's Now I Know M… https://t.co/mCcwShIJF8— 🌸Peggy B🌸 (@🌸Peggy B🌸) 1621933667.0
Tuberville was elected in 2020 against Democrat Doug Jones, who won the Senate seat in an upset election in 2017 against Justice Roy Moore, the Republican candidate who was accused of sexually assaulting and acting inappropriately with several women, including some who were minors at the time of their run-ins with Moore.
After that election, Republicans in Alabama primaried to send Moore home with Tuberville, a former football coach who had never held political office. Tuberville joined the seditionists when he voted to overturn the results of the election that put current President Joe Biden into office.
Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville is dumb even by got damn former football coach standards.— Kenny BooYah! 🖖🏾 (@Kenny BooYah! 🖖🏾) 1621906297.0
Majorie Taymor Green is dumb as a rock but Tommy Tuberville is dumb as two rocks— Roadrunner (@Roadrunner) 1621910371.0
On brand for that ignoramus. https://t.co/aQW2NrfB72— (((R.A. Roth, Stick Figure Commissions Open))) (@(((R.A. Roth, Stick Figure Commissions Open)))) 1621979677.0
Dumbest senator. Not even close. https://t.co/Ei4Y8LUjo2— Markos Moulitsas (@Markos Moulitsas) 1621978852.0
Tuberville's move is calculated, though it appears to be a simple exercise in misunderstanding of the word bipartisan.
Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader for the Republican party, came out in opposition to the creation of the commission, despite bipartisan sponsorship from Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia and Senator Lisa Murkowski from Alaska.
If the commission is not passed, the Senate may need to find another way to hold former President Trump and his other allies accountable for their actions.