Republican Defends White Nationalists?

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( – On Tuesday, Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) was blasted by Republican senators following his controversial comments about white nationalism. Tuberville’s refusal to denounce white nationalism is also likely going to be used by the Democrats against him.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was asked about the comments made by Tuberville regarding white nationalism in the military. In response, he argued that it was completely unacceptable for that ideology to exist not only in the military but also in the entire country. Senate Republican Whip John Thune (S.D) also took a strong stance stating that white nationalists did not belong in the military or in the Republican party.

As he argued the country was created on certain principles, which include being welcoming. He proceeded to state that he did not want to comment on Tuberville’s statements on CNN that white nationalists did not necessarily have to be racists.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), stated that this kind of ethnic nationalism was not aligned with American values and argued that it was problematic in the U.S. military. He added that in his opinion a white nationalist supports the idea that the U.S. only belongs to white Americans which is an idea that is completely “un-American.”

Sen. Katie Britt (R) , who like Tuberville is from Alabama, completely denounced his statements, arguing that there was no place for white nationalism or supremacy ideologies in the country.

Tuberville had previously been asked if white nationalists should be allowed to serve in the military, to which he had responded that others called them that while he called “them Americans.”

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