“We probably could have had a swearing-in and done an inauguration later after we got this virus behind us a little bit. Again, we’re talking about Washington, D.C.,” Tuberville, the former coach of Auburn University’s football team, said in an interview with CBS affiliate WIAT on Wednesday.
But as multiple people on Twitter pointed out, there’s one issue with that: The 20th Amendment of the Constitution states that “the terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January.”
Tuberville, who refused to certify Biden’s Electoral College win and promoted President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of mass voter fraud, also said in the same interview that impeaching the president for inciting the U.S. Capitol riot “makes no sense.”
Twitter users took the Republican to task over his latest statement:
Tommy Tuberville probably thinks that if a Senate vote ends 50-50 the vote just goes to overtime
— Robert Martin (@RobertMartinLT) January 15, 2021
i know Tommy Tuberville Knows Nothing About How Our Government Works is funny but it’s also deeply fucking embarrassing
— Ryan Nanni (@celebrityhottub) January 15, 2021
Will Tommy Tuberville actually serve out a six year term? He doesn't seem to fully understand what a Senator does or how the government functions.
— Drew Savicki 🦖🦕🦖 (@SenhorRaposa) January 15, 2021
Real good chance Tommy Tuberville ends up being the worst U.S. senator in modern history. https://t.co/zrGJMusygl
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 15, 2021
The GOP’s newest stupid Senator Tommy Tuberville is suggesting that the inauguration should be delayed in order to let Coronavirus die down a bit.
Too bad that he’s never read the Constitution or else he could’ve seen the January 20th date is specifically mentioned in it. 🤔
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) January 15, 2021
Tommy Tuberville search history pic.twitter.com/QhzRdTCYuz
— Matt Carlson (@mattcarlson53) January 15, 2021
A prominent newspaper called Tuberville "dumb as a bag of hammers." A Bag of Hammers is suing for defamation. https://t.co/a2ssGlxfFu
— Jeff Greenfield (@greenfield64) January 15, 2021
You know that loophole where your high school's football coach also had to teach a class? Tommy Tuberville is what happens when you made that guy a fucking Senator https://t.co/gMoepL3pY0
— Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) January 15, 2021
The transcript of Tuberville’s quote has been updated to include the words “done an” before “inauguration.” The two words are omitted from WIAT’s transcript of the interview published on its site but are spoken by Tuberville in the associated video.
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