Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) said at a Republican campaign rally that Democrats are "pro crime," USA Today reports. "They are not soft on crime. They're pro-crime. 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," he said. Tuberville was speaking Saturday at a rally in Nevada, where he joined former President Trump in campaigning for U.S. Senate candidate Adam Laxalt and gubernatorial candidate Joe Lombardo, as well as other Republicans ahead of the Nov. 8 midterm elections. The GOP has been pushing crime as an election issue.
A call for reparations for Black descendants of slaves has grown in recent years. Reparations could involve an apology for slavery, payments, land grants and more. Before he was elected in 2020, Tuberville coached football for over a decade at Auburn University. GOP Rep. Don Bacon, said on NBC's "Meet the Press," "I'm not going to say he's being racist," Bacon said. "But I wouldn't use that language, be more polite."