Sen. Johnson: ‘McConnell Is Completely Out Of Step With Our Conference’

After Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) attacked Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) for continuing to hold up military promotions and nominations in protest of President Joe Biden’s Department of Defense’s (DOD) pro-abortion policies, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is standing up for him, calling McConnell “out of step with our conference” for attacking Tuberville.

Tuberville has continued to block all promotions and nominations in response to the Pentagon’s decision to grant military members up to three weeks of leave for travel to obtain abortions — which is a violation of federal law, as it essentially forces taxpayers to fund abortion.

Johnson made the comments during a Wednesday evening appearance on Fox News Channel’s “The Ingraham Angle,” responding to McConnell claiming that Tuberville was “out of step” while speaking with reporters at a press conference.

“I think holding these non-policymaking career military [officials] who can’t be involved in politics at all is a mistake, and we continue to work on that and I hope at some point we can get it clear,” the Senate Minority Leader told reporters.

Responding to this statement, Johnson noted that Tuberville had support within the Senate Republican conference ― as Republicans are “the party of life.”

“I know this will shock you and your audience, but Democrats are being complete hypocrites on this. If they really wanted a comment for the Marines, they would just call up the nomination for a vote, first to close your vote, and then two hours later, vote to confirm the nomination,” the Wisconsin senator said. “It takes literally no more than four hours, but generally, two if you do it as a comeback vote. And, you know, I think Leader McConnell is completely out of step with our conference. I just feel a great deal of support for Senator Tuberville within our conference, as well as among our base. I mean, we are the party of life. We’re also the party that upholds the rule of law.”

“And the simplest solution here is just have the administration follow the law, have the Department of Defense not facilitate or, you know, spend taxpayer money facilitating abortions,” Johnson continued. “It’s just that simple. But if they won’t do that, all they have to do, if they want a general, they want one of these promotions, just bring the nomination up for a vote. Four hours later, that individual is going to be confirmed.

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