Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville suggested that Democrats wanted reparations because they are “pro-crime” during former President Donald Trump’s rally in Nevada on Saturday.
The Republican senator and former Auburn University football coach said, “They want crime. They want crime because they want to take over what you got. They want to control what you have. They want reparations because they think the people that do the crime are owed that. Bullshit.”
The condemnation of the Alabama senator’s comments, especially by the media, was harsh and swift.
On Sunday’s State of the Union, political analyst and former state representative of South Carolina Bakari Sellers lambasted Sen. Tuberville’s comments: “The fact is, he made tens of millions of dollars off unpaid black men as a football coach…He literally has the stature he has because people went out there and assumed the risk and incurred the risk of concussions, playing hard and everything.”
In the same vein, journalist Jemele Hill tweeted: “A reminder that Tommy Tuberville was a collegiate coach for nearly 30 years, during which he coached scores of Black players. He made millions off their abilities, but here’s what he really thinks about Black folks.”