Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) said Wednesday that poetry is evidence the Navy needs to stamp out “alertness.” (Check out the video below.)
“We have people who are doing poetry about aircraft carriers over the loudspeaker,” he told Laura Ingraham on Fox News Wednesday.
The right-wing senator has been widely criticized for blocking military promotions to protest the Pentagon’s policy of giving military personnel paid leave and travel expenses to have an abortion in another state.
Tuberville tried to defend his months-long blockade by waging the culture war against “wake up.”
“Right now we’re so bright in the military that we’re losing recruits everywhere,” he said. “Secretary [Carlos] Del Toro of the Navy must start building ships; he must start recruiting; and he needs to wake up our navy. We have people doing poetry about aircraft carriers over loudspeakers. It’s absolutely insane the direction we’re going with our military.”
Del Toro this week accused the Alabama Senator of “support and support of communists” with his promotion block in an interview. Del Toro also wrote with the Army and Air Force ministers in a Washington Post op-ed that the Tuberville raid threatened the country’s security and left military families in limbo.
Tuberville did not cite a case of Navy personnel reciting poetry on a ship. But he was probably referring to that to a spoken word event on the USS Gerald Ford hosted by the Gay, Lesbian, and Supporting Sailors (GLASS) Association in November. Tuberville previously martyred about a non-binary junior officer praising this assembly.