Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s (R) lasting stand against “unanimous consent” maligned again as responsibility for Marine Corps general’s heart attack was placed on his shoulders.
Fulfilling a threat made at the end of 2022, the senator has maintained his block on military promotions as a one-man bulwark against attempts to violate the law via taxpayer funded coverage of travel expenses for servicemembers to obtain abortion services. The hyperbole surrounding Tuberville’s stand took on a new dimension when retired U.S. Navy Admiral James Stavridis connected the held-up appointments to U.S. Marine Commandant Gen. Eric Smith’s late Oct. heart attack.
“You can drop a plumb line from @SenTuberville’s foolish & dangerous hold on promotions and the overwork that probably caused Gen Smith to collapse after working two demanding full-time jobs,” the MSNBC regular wrote on X as he cited a report from Marine Corps Times. “‘Marine General in stable condition after apparent heart attack.'”
According to the report, Smith had been hospitalized while still lacking confirmation of an assistant commandant. As a result, Lt. Gen. Karsten Heckl was made acting commandant for the time being.
Worth noting of the retired admiral was his current position as chair of the board of trustees for the Rockefeller Foundation, of which Influence Watch noted donation recipients included the Aspen Institute, Center for American Progress, New Venture Fund, the Tide Foundation along with its association with the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, previously shown to be behind efforts to have former President Donald Trump barred from appearing on ballots.
Stavridis would go on to post some of the heat Tuberville was taking from others within the GOP and said Thursday, “Good to see Republicans shunning @SenTuberville They should kick him off his committees & move his office to the basement. Blocking war heroes hurts our national security.”
Meanwhile, prior to Stavridis’ take, Tuberville had circulated a cloture petition regarding General Christopher Mahoney’s nomination to the position of assistant commandant after his September request for floor votes had secured Smith to the top position.
Furthermore, the Alabama lawmaker had made clear via his personal X account who was really to blame as corporate media correspondents attempted to make the same accusation as the admiral and suggest that his effort for Mahoney was an “about face.”
“9 months in and the ‘journalists’ reporting on this have zero understanding of what’s happening,” wrote Tuberville before turning his attention to the Senate Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY. “My hold is on unanimous consent, not the individuals. They can be voted on one at a time…just like always. Chuck Schumer could’ve been calling these [nominations] up since February. He’s refused.”
9 months in and the “journalists” reporting on this have zero understanding of what’s happening.
My hold is on unanimous consent, not the individuals. They can be voted on one at a time…just like always.
Chuck Schumer could’ve been calling these noms up since February. He’s… https://t.co/vrHN9afJZ6
— Tommy Tuberville (@TTuberville) November 1, 2023
Reacting to the outlandish accusations leveled by Stavridis, social media users rallied behind Tuberville and shamed the admiral with some readily apparent observations about what the charge of “overwork” meant for fitness to serve.
“Now we are blaming Republicans for heart attacks of 4 star generals doing paper work? Wow. I hope he doesn’t have to lead a war or anything like that,” wrote one as others took aim at political allegiances, “Pure rubbish; you’re a shill for the democrats because you desperately want to screw up something else.”
Now we are blaming Republicans for heart attacks of 4 star generals doing paper work? Wow. I hope he doesn’t have to lead a war or anything like that. SMH.
— Mark (@flat6fanatic) November 2, 2023
Pure rubbish; you’re a shill for the democrats because you desperately want to screw up something else.
— J. Scott Shipman (@jscottshipman) November 4, 2023
Who is the hero in this story? Easy answer.
— Dr. Paul J. Sullivan (@DrPJSullivan) November 2, 2023
Did you know that Senator Tuberville is simply withholding unanimous consent? The Senate could call a recorded vote anytime. That’s how they took action on the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. They could vote in any form – including one vote per, one vote on all, one vote per…
— loucottonballs (@loucottonballs) November 5, 2023
tell your bosses to present the nominations individually — O9s and O10s are now bureaucrats and politicians with merit badges –plus it was probably the Jab that cause his and many others to have heart problems
— JimAaron (@ArOkTxNm1) November 4, 2023
Your nonsensical statement @stavridisj is a perfect example why promotions for all flag officers should be held up and the selection system reformed to get leaders and not politicians promoted.
— Not Simo Häyhä (@h2av8tor) November 4, 2023
If the law was being followed, the Senator would drop his objections, and promotions would resume at a swift pace.
The law is NOT being followed.
Why don’t you ask civilian leadership why they insist on making the military violate the law?
— Trepadacious (@Trepadacio911) November 4, 2023
lol…the idea of a general officer dropping from “overwork” is pretty ridiculous unless they are a pathological micromanager, in which case, we might be better off.
— streiff (@streiffredstate) November 3, 2023
We have 1/20 the personnel that we did in WW2 , we have about 20x the brass we did then.
Not overworked, overwoked.
— RenéDescartes4 (@StathersR) November 5, 2023
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