Tommy Tuberville took to Twitter on Thursday alleging that a second term is being stolen from President Trump, calling the election results “out of control" and using football references to illustrate his claim.
“It’s like the whistle has blown, the game is over, and the players have gone home, but the referees are suddenly adding touchdowns to the other team’s side of the scoreboard,” said the former Auburn coach, a Republican who defeated incumbent Democratic Sen. Doug Jones in Tuesday’s election, according to preliminary results.
The tweet was made even as votes in several key states, including Arizona, Nevada, Georgia and Pennsylvania, were still being counted. Former Vice President Joe Biden was maintaining a lead against Trump in Nevada while his margins over the president in Arizona were decreasing. Meanwhile, Biden was cutting into Trump’s leads in Pennsylvania and Georgia.
Tuberville, who ran as a candidate who would restore “Alabama values” to the Senate while fighting for the president, said Trump should contest the election results, as the president earlier said in a prime-time address that he would challenge the results before the U.S. Supreme Court.
“I’d challenge that as a coach, and [Trump] is right to challenge that as a candidate,” he said.
State Rep. Chris England, D-Tuscaloosa, chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party, said Tuberville’s tweet was “irresponsible,” adding that there was nothing nefarious about counting all the outstanding votes.