CNN political analyst Bakari Sellers told Alabama Republican senator Tommy Tuberville to “go to hell” for saying the Democratic party supports reparations for minorities because they are “pro-crime.”
“Tommy Tuberville can go to hell,” Sellers said on CNN’s State of The Union. “I’ll tell you why, 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.”
“For him to give these racist tropes—I mean, that infuriates me,” Sellers continued. “But this is a large swath of the Republican Party that they have to deal with.”
Tuberville worked as head football coach at Auburn University from 1999 to 2008.
At a Trump rally in Minden, Nevada on Saturday evening, Tuberville told attendees that Democrats “want crime” because they support reparations.
“Some people say, well, they’re soft on crime. No, they’re not soft on crime. They’re pro-crime, they want crime,” Tuberville said. “They want crime because they want to take over what you got. They want to control what you have. They want reparation because they think the people that do the crime are owed that. Bullshit! They are not owed that!”
Reparations typically refers to restitution offered to the descendants of slaves for the centuries of servitude, unpaid forced labor and suffering enslaved people endured.