Former CIA boss Michael Hayden has called for Republican senator Tommy Tuberville (Al.) to be "removed" from the "human race" as outrage continues to simmer over his blockade of Pentagon promotions.
Tuberville reported the threat to Capitol police and blasted Hayden for advocating a "politically motivated assassination."
For months, Tuberville has held up hundreds of military promotions in protest of President Biden's unprecedented decision to let the Pentagon pay for abortions.
Tuberville has insisted on voting on each nomination individually, rather than speeding them through by unanimous consent.
Under federal law, the government cannot use tax dollars to pay for abortions. But Democrats have accused Tuberville of endangering national security.
Hayden suggested that Tuberville should be put to death, writing, "How about the human race?" in response to a tweet calling for Tuberville to be removed from the Senate Armed Services committee.
Later, Hayden said he was "surprised to wake up this morning and discover that many MAGAnuts had lost their minds" over his tweet, which he claimed was misinterpreted.
"I’m wishing you all a nice day even the intransigent Tommy Tuberville," he said.
Tuberville blasted Hayden's "repugnant" threat in a lengthy statement.
"Given General Hayden’s long career in Washington, he must have known that, by making such a statement, he was committing a serious crime. His own efforts today to reinterpret what he said are only a tacit admission of guilt.”
Tuberville also called out Hayden's dubious intelligence record, including his promotion of the Russian collusion hoax and his role in the deceptive campaign to brand the Hunter Biden laptop "Russian disinformation."
Hayden was one of the infamous 51 former intel officials who duped the American people with a bogus letter claiming the laptop was a fake on the eve of the 2020 election.
"Both of these lies tore our country apart and did enormous damage to the fabric of our republic," Tuberville said.
My statement on General Hayden. pic.twitter.com/KQ0sLz6gTQ
— Coach Tommy Tuberville (@SenTuberville) October 10, 2023
Hayden led the CIA from 2006 to 2009 and now works as a CNN contributor. He belongs to a distinct group of loudly anti-Trump former intelligence officials with jobs in cable news - such as former CIA boss John Brennan - who have advocated treating Trump and his supporters like terrorists.
Following the raid of Mar-A-Lago last year, Hayden suggested that Trump should be put to death for mishandling classified documents.