Ron DeSantis backs Tommy Tuberville in ongoing skirmish with Senate
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'We're trying to force a change in Pentagon policy to conform them to the law.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis is not backing down in support of U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville when it comes to putting a pause on confirming military officers.

“We’re trying to force a change in Pentagon policy to conform them to the law,” the Governor said on MSNBC’sMorning Joe.”

On Wednesday, the Alabama Senator came under fire from multiple GOP Senators over putting holds on nearly 400 military officers, a procedural move that now looks critical in light of increased tensions in the Middle East and other potentially hot theaters of American concern globally. One critic, U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, called Tuberville’s position a “national security suicide mission.”

DeSantis believes “fighting back on the Pentagon going outside the boundaries of the law” regarding what he calls “abortion tourism,” saying it’s part of “Congress’ appropriate role for oversight and checks and balances.”

The Governor has supported Tuberville’s increasingly lonely stance for months now.

During a July interview with Hugh Hewitt, the Florida Governor and presidential candidate sided with Tuberville, who has blocked hundreds of promotions over the Department of Defense’s (DOD) abortion policy, telling Hewitt that those holds should not be removed.

“What the military’s policy is, is not following U.S. law. They are using tax dollars. They are funding abortion tourism, which is not an appropriate thing for the military to be doing. So I think our Republicans in the Congress should just take a stand on this. The DOD should stand down,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis and Tuberville object to a federal policy protecting uniformity in reproductive rights for service members.

Earlier this year, the DOD rolled out a policy that “provides Service members the time and flexibility to make private health care decisions while accounting for the responsibility placed on commanders to meet operational requirements and protect the health and safety of those in their care.”

“Our Service members and their families do not control where they are stationed, and due to the nature of military service, are frequently required to travel or move to meet operational requirements,” the Pentagon said in February.

“The efforts taken by the Department today will not only ensure that Service members and their families are afforded time and flexibility to make private health care decisions but will also ensure Service members are able to access non-covered reproductive health care regardless of where they are stationed.”

Political opponents have pounced on DeSantis’ position, including Nikki Fried, who offered withering criticism in her capacity as Chair of the Florida Democratic Party.

“How can Ron DeSantis call himself a patriot? His weaponization of the State Guard, unfounded attacks on the so-called ‘woke’ military, and recent support for Sen. Tuberville’s blockade of military promotions and nominations are a threat to national security and military readiness,” Fried asserted.

“Yet again, Ron is being Ron by showing us that he’s willing to put his political ambitions ahead of our veterans and Americans on the front lines.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Michael K

    November 2, 2023 at 9:33 am

    Why does Ron hate America? All Ron can do is tear things down.

    Tuberville is an idiot – even Senate Republicans have had enough of his theatrics. They are both a threat to our national security.

  • PeterH

    November 2, 2023 at 9:33 am

    Fun Fact:
    There is not a single 2024 Republican presidential candidate who in the past hasn’t promised to ban all abortions nationwide!

    Additionally, DeSantis’s reduction politics of abortion to “tourism” dilutes the military response to women’s rights and health and of course combat readiness which is a totally separate issue.

  • Linwood Wright

    November 2, 2023 at 10:34 am

    It’s pretty obvious that Ron DeSantis is in Putin’s pocket.

  • My Take

    November 2, 2023 at 12:04 pm

    DeSScumtis spits on America’s millitary officer corps.
    A disgrace.

  • MH/Duuuval

    November 2, 2023 at 8:44 pm

    Tuberville no longer claims he did military service or that his father won 5 bronze stars in WWII, but you get the picture: This is really an obtuse specimen of mankind.

    That Ron is taking up with Coach makes me wonder abut Ron’s brain going mushy.

  • rick whitaker

    November 2, 2023 at 11:27 pm

    i’m a veteran and i’m not voting for the maga cult , how about you other veterans?

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