Blame the weather.
That’s what Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) did when a reporter tried to get him to comment on Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), who is facing criticism from both sides of the aisle for her embrace of disturbing conspiracy theories and threats of violence against lawmakers.
“I haven’t even looked at what all she’s done,” he told CNN’s Ted Barrett in comments spotted by Business Insider. “I’d have to hold back a statement on that. Travel in this weather it’s been a little rough looking at any news or whatever.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has also done little to call out comments by Greene, a QAnon aficionado who has supported wildly false conspiracy theories, including claims that school shootings, including those in Parkland, Florida, and Newtown, Connecticut, were staged.
The comments have made national headlines for days, but the weather has apparently prevented former college football coach Tuberville from spotting them.
However, some of his Senate colleagues have been openly critical of Greene.
“Somebody who’s suggested that perhaps no airplane hit the Pentagon on 9/11, that horrifying school shootings were pre-staged and that the Clintons crashed JFK Jr.’s airplane is not living in reality,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said this week.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) has likewise slammed the freshman lawmaker.
“I think we should have nothing to do with Marjorie Taylor Greene, and think we should repudiate the things she said and move away from her,” Romney told reporters, according to The Hill.
Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) called her comments on school shootings “disgusting and wrong,” while Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) called her actions “totally unacceptable” and urged Republicans to “speak out clearly” against her.
Democrats have called for her to be stripped of her committee assignments.
Tuberville’s inability to form an opinion due to the weather led to a strong reaction on social media:
Has he not heard of reading the newspaper *inside*? https://t.co/5W3qGDRTpm
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) February 3, 2021
Sorry but I’m not doing a unity with the “It’s too cold to read” senator https://t.co/ZIerszd3dr
— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) February 3, 2021
Former Alabama school teacher unclear how to access news during "weather." https://t.co/yXbWQjqJJr
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) February 3, 2021
Tuberville has to be one of the dumbest people to ever hold elected office. Can’t believe there are people who voted for that dope over the guy who famously prosecuted the Birmingham church bombing.
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) February 3, 2021
Does he get his news from a skywriting service? https://t.co/y7IKWIOlKu
— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) February 3, 2021
"Travel in this weather it's been a little rough looking at any news or whatever."Tommy Tuberville on why he doesn't know anything about Marjorie Taylor Greene.That's on the Mount Rushmore of terrible excuses.Alabama had Doug Jones.Just sad!
— Brian O'Sullivan (@osullivanauthor) February 3, 2021
NOT the Onion.GOP Sen. Tommy Tuberville says he doesn't know anything about Marjorie Taylor Greene because bad weather has prevented him from reading the news https://t.co/VnSM8JZf7Y
— Wise PaxCat – Taking Back Democracy (@WisePaxCat) February 2, 2021 Download Calling all HuffPost superfans! Sign up for membership to become a founding member and help shape HuffPost’s next chapter Join HuffPost