GOP Sen. Tommy Tuberville faces backlash for controversial comments on Democrats and crime

Washington — Republican Senator Tommy Tuberville of Alabama is coming under criticism for racially charged comments he claimed this weekend that Democrats are “pro-crime” and supports compensation for the descendants of those who enslaved in America. were because they believe that “those who commit crimes are owed to them.”

Tuberville, a first-time senator, made controversial remarks during a rally hosted by former President Donald Trump in Minden, Nevada, on Saturday in support of the state’s Republican candidates on the ballot in November.

“They’re not soft on crime. They’re pro-crime. They want crime,” Tuberville said of the Democrat. “They want guilt because they want to take what you have. They want to control what you have. They want reparations because they think the people who committed the crime owed it are. Bulls**t. They don’t owe that.”

Republicans are jockeying to gain control of the House and Senate from Democrats in November’s midterm elections and are attempting to portray Democrats as soft-on-crime in their pitch to voters.

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US Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., poses for former President Donald Trump at a rally at Minden Tahoe Airport in Minden, Nev., Saturday, October 8, 2022. Tuberville says that Democrats support reparations for the descendants of enslaved people because “they think those who commit crimes are owed that.”

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The FBI said last week that violent crime in the US fell by 1% in 2021, and the robbery rate fell 8.9% from 2020 to 2021. The murder rate in the US rose by 4.3%, According to FBI dataHowever, this is much less than the 29.4% increase in the murder rate from 2019 to 2020. The bureau warned that nearly half of law enforcement agencies did not submit data in 2021, resulting in an incomplete picture and gaps in coverage.

Meanwhile, FBI data released in December found that more than half of known criminals, 50.8% were white, and 29.6% were black or African-American.

Tuberville’s comments quickly faced criticism.

NAACP President Derrick Johnson called Tuberville’s claims “racist, ignorant and outright sickening.”

“His words perpetuate the age-old lie about black people that has had the most dangerous policies and violent attacks on our community in entire history,” Johnson said in a statement. “We’ve seen it remotely before, and we’ve seen what they can do when they come to power. The next time a senator wants to talk about the crime, it’s going to be Donald Trump’s address on January 6th.” Let’s talk about the hate rally. , 2021, and the attacks that followed. Perhaps the real culprits are in his orbit.”

Representative Mondair Jones, a Democrat from New York, mentioned Tuberville in a tweet about Kanye West, who had Twitter and Instagram accounts Restricted After he posted anti-Semitic.

“This defense of Kanye’s blatant anti-Semitism from the Indiana Attorney General, which follows deeply white supremacist comments from other high-ranking Republican officials like Senator Tommy Tuberville in recent days, should give you all you need to know about the GOP in 2022. tells everything needed,” Jones tweeted sunday.

The Rev. Al Sharpton told MSNBC on Monday that Tuberville’s comments are “factually closed” and that people in Alabama “should be outraged.”

Asked to respond to Tuberville’s comments, Representative Don Bacon, a Republican from Nebraska, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he would “be more polite” and that it is not “the way I present things”. .

“I wouldn’t say it in the same way,” he said, “that our country has a crime problem.”

The Democratic Party does not support reparations for African-Americans whose ancestors were enslaved, but the topic came up during the 2020 presidential campaign. Nearly all Democrats running for the party’s presidential nomination, including President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, supported the study of the issue.

Texas Democratic Rep. A bill introduced in the House by Sheila Jackson Lee to study and develop reparation proposals has received widespread support from her fellow Democrats in the lower house and was approved with support by the House Judiciary Committee in April 2021 . It has 25 Democratic members. Republican members of the committee opposed the law.

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