As the US Capitol was under siege on January 6, about a dozen Republican senators hid in a storage closet—not from intruders, a new report says, but from their Democratic allies.
according to a Washington Post Interview with Senator Tommy Tuberville, GOP lawmakers were already in a safe room when they decided to walk in the closet. What they were seeking was not security, but secrecy, so they could plot their next move in the light of the rebellion.
“You have 25 seconds to call a play,” recalled Mr. Tuberville, a former football coach. Post. “You can’t say a bunch of timeouts.”
For these senators, the original plan for the day was to challenge the certification of Joe Biden’s electoral victories in multiple states in support of Donald Trump’s baseless attempts to reverse the results.
But now that hundreds of violent robbers were demanding the same thing, Republicans sitting in the closet worried that solidarity with the mob might not be a good look.
“One thing that stood out was that people were hurt,” Mr Tuberville said.
Furthermore, senators knew they did not have the votes to prevent Mr Biden from becoming president.
“Do we want to continue this,” recalled Mr. Tuberville in wonder, “if there’s not going to be a result we’re going to see anyway?”
Others are concerned about the toll their actions could take on the country.
“I remember pulling the country together,” said senator James Lankford, a Republican from Oklahoma. “We’re so extraordinarily divided that it’s spreading across the building.”
Those speeches were not registered with Mr. Tuberville.
“I didn’t really listen to them,” he added Post.
In the end, Alabama Republicans put these concerns aside and voted against ratifying the vote in Arizona and Pennsylvania, two states Mr Biden won.
“I was not voting for myself, I was voting for the people of Alabama,” Mr. Tuberville said. “President Trump has 80 percent approval there. I told him, ‘I’m going to vote how you want to vote for me.'”
In Alabama, a vast majority of voters cast their vote for Trump in 2020. However, this was not the case in Arizona and Pennsylvania, where more people voted for Biden. An “audit” of the vote in Arizona, conducted by State Senate Republicans, confirmed Biden’s victory.
Since January, Tuberville has said he does not think fraud was responsible for Trump’s electoral loss, and has called the former president’s election conspiracy rhetoric a “mistake”. But that does not mean that he will withdraw his vote.
“I have no regrets,” said the senator.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Tommy Tuberville