Alabama Senator Condemned for Claiming White Nationalism Isn’t a Racist Ideology

U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-Alabama) has confronted widespread criticism this week for refusing to sentence white nationalism as racist and for downplaying the ideology’s rising affect in right-wing politics.

In a CNN look on Monday night time, host Kaitlan Collins requested Tuberville to make clear a remark he made on a Birmingham radio station in Might, when he recommended that white nationalism and the presence of white nationalists within the U.S. navy didn’t warrant concern. When requested about white nationalists within the navy in Might, Tuberville responded by saying, “I name them People.”

Discussing these feedback on Monday, Tuberville derided the time period “white nationalist” as being “simply one other phrase” that Democrats use to assault Republicans, regardless that the time period has been within the American lexicon since at least the early 1950s.

“The factor about being a white nationalist, it’s only a cowl phrase for the Democrats now the place they will use it to attempt to make folks mad throughout the nation, identification politics. I’m completely towards that,” Tuberville said, refusing to acknowledge the growing presence of white nationalism that has been fomenting within his own party, in addition to the increase of white supremacist violence in the U.S. in recent years.

Collins objected to Tuberville’s conclusions, stating {that a} white nationalist is “somebody who believes that the white race is superior to different races.”

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“Effectively, that’s some folks’s opinion,” Tuberville retorted, reiterating his assertion from two months in the past about white nationalists within the navy being People.

Tuberville went on to insist that white nationalism isn’t inherently racist.

“Now, if that white nationalist is a racist, I’m completely towards something that they wish to do as a result of I’m 110 % towards racism,” Tuberville claimed. He then provided a weird protection towards potential claims of racism, suggesting that his being a college football coach provided him “the chance to be round extra minorities than anyone” in Congress.

On Tuesday, Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer (D-New York) blasted Tuberville for refusing to name out white nationalism and for claiming that the ideology isn’t racist.

“For the previous few months, the senior senator from Alabama has launched into a one-man mission to excuse and even defend the that means of white nationalism,” Schumer said, including that, throughout his interview on Monday, Tuberville wrongly “recommended that, no, white nationalists aren’t inherently racist, that sure, white nationalism is American, and that the definition of white nationalism is a matter of opinion.”

Schumer continued:

The senator from Alabama is fallacious, fallacious, fallacious. The definition of white nationalism just isn’t a matter of opinion. White nationalism, the ideology that one race is inherently superior to others, that folks of colour must be segregated, subjected and relegated to second-class citizenship is racist, all the way down to its rotten core.

“For the senator from Alabama to obscure the racist nature of White Nationalism is certainly very, very harmful,” Schumer mentioned.

Steven Gardiner, Analysis Director at Political Analysis Associates and author of a study entitled “White Nationalism Revisited,” equally criticized Tuberville for downplaying the ideology.

“Removed from being ‘some folks’s opinion,’ white nationalism has a really particular definition,” Gardiner mentioned in an e mail to Truthout. “It refers to the concept that the US is, was, and all the time must be a rustic for and dominated by white folks.”

White nationalism is “a social motion that seeks to seize establishments and decide insurance policies in an effort to enhance the white majority and develop its political energy,” Gardiner went on. “At base, white nationalists consider that the U.S. because it exists as we speak, within the post-Civil Rights period, just isn’t racist sufficient.”
Although the variety of white nationalists within the U.S. is small by way of proportion of the inhabitants, “the motion has had an outsized affect on the MAGA coalition,” Gardiner mentioned, referring to the political motion led by former President Donald Trump, which Tuberville has proudly claimed he’s a part of.

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