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Opinion | Tommy Tuberville: A lying liar who lies

During his campaign, he promised to give his congressional salary to veterans and widows. He lied.

Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., speaks at a press conference across the street from the Manhattan criminal court, Monday, May 13, 2024, in New York. Trump was accompanied to court Monday by some of his top congressional surrogates.
Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., speaks at a press conference across the street from the Manhattan criminal court, Monday, May 13, 2024, in New York. Trump was accompanied to court Monday by some of his top congressional surrogates. AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah
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In an unsurprising twist of self-serving spectacle, Alabama’s Senior U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville recently graced lower Manhattan with his presence, not to fulfill any legislative duty but to attend the trial of his idol, former president Donald Trump.

Trump, forever the drama king, is defending himself against allegations of falsifying documents to cover up an affair with an adult film actress. And Tuberville? Well, he was there to cheerlead his fallen hero, because apparently, that’s what the senior senator from Alabama does these days.

Now, APR, doing the actual job of asking questions, reached out to Tuberville’s office to inquire about how he funded his trip. You see, Tuberville has a bit of a reputation for being notoriously cheap — so much so that he even failed to keep his salary pledge to veterans.

Ah, the good ol’ days of the 2020 campaign trail when Tuberville, with all the sincerity of a used car salesman, promised to donate his salary to veterans or the spouses of fallen soldiers. “I’m not taking one dime, and I’m giving it to the veterans,” he proclaimed on Birmingham’s 99.5 radio in February 2020. “I stand and put up when I talk. I don’t just talk about it. I’m going to do it.”

Tuberville made the pledge repeatedly during his campaign for office in 2020, promising at one point to go on radio periodically and give away a paycheck to “a veteran or a wife who has lost her husband.” 

Well, here we are, years later, and Tuberville’s pledge seems to have vanished into the same ether as his integrity. His office, naturally, refused to answer the question about his travel expenses. Instead, Tuberville scuttled off to a pro-Republican propaganda site to assure us that he didn’t use taxpayer money.

So, how did he pay for his travel? Was it campaign contributions? His own pocket? The tooth fairy? Your guess is as good as mine, but one thing is certain: he’s a liar. Just ask any vet or a widow still waiting for that promised paycheck.

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While playing court jester outside the NYC courthouse, Tuberville couldn’t resist lying about the judge, the judge’s daughter, and the case’s facts. Because when you’re a lying liar, you lie — that’s what you do. Ask a vet or a widow if you need confirmation. Tuberville’s antics didn’t stop there. He proceeded to denigrate the justice system, all in a pitiful attempt to help Trump reclaim the White House after his embarrassing 2020 defeat.

Why is Tuberville so loyal to Trump? Simple. This has-been football coach desperately clings to relevance, and Trump throws him the occasional bone. The harsh truth is that Tuberville’s only reason for running for the Senate was to avoid the ignominy of being a washed-up coach. He doesn’t understand government, he’s allergic to facts, and he wouldn’t recognize honesty if it punched him in his sunburnt face. But his arrogance? Oh, it’s boundless.

Tuberville lacks the self-awareness to realize he’s nothing more than a stooge, a pawn in Trump’s relentless game. But hey, in his own mind, he’s relevant. And that, dear readers, is the pathetic tragedy of Tommy Tuberville.

Bill Britt is editor-in-chief at the Alabama Political Reporter and host of The Voice of Alabama Politics. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.

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