Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) said that Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) “sounds like a racist” after he declared the Department of Defense was not an equal-opportunity employer.
During an interview with Bloomberg this week, Tuberville explained why he had voted against confirming Air Force Gen. Charles “CQ” Brown Jr. as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
“I heard some things that he talked, about race and things that he wanted to mix into the military,” Tuberville said of the Black officer. “Let me tell you something: Our military is not an equal-opportunity employer.”
While speaking to Bloomberg radio on Thursday, Moulton reflected on Tuberville’s remarks.
“Chairman CQ Brown is one of the most impressive military officers of his generation,” the lawmaker stated. “I think CQ Brown is truly the best of the best. And I say that as a United States Marine veteran with four combat tours in Iraq.”
“You just played audio from a senator from Alabama who was once a football coach, apparently knows a bit about football, but does not know anything about serving in the military,” he continued. “He’s never served himself. He’s never made any sort of sacrifice like that in his life. He doesn’t understand the troops. He certainly doesn’t understand what they go through.”
Moulton argued that the U.S. military had to give “equal opportunity to all applicants.”
“So to me, this senator is very soft on national security,” Moulton said. “He’s very weak on patriotism.”
“And you know, maybe we’re not supposed to say this, but he sounds like a racist to me,” he added. “Hard to imagine this guy from Alabama being a racist, but that’s certainly what it sounds like to this Marine.”