Rep. Gallego: Sen. Tuberville A ‘Sh*thead’ For Opposing PTO For Military Abortions

August 15, 2023

By Corinne Murdock |  

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ-03) called Republican Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville a “sh*thead” for preventing military promotions in opposition to paid time off (PTO) for female military members obtaining abortions.  

Gallego issued the remarks in an interview with “Pod Save America,” a California-based progressive podcast hosted by former Obama aides Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer, and Tommy Vietor.   

“He’s a sh*thead,” said Gallego. “Tommy and his, you know, probably getting knocked too many times in the head, has decided to block a lot of the promotions of some of our top leaders. […] Tommy Tuberville just doesn’t understand that [we have the strongest military], he just snorts up Fox News information and tries to spit it out and doesn’t understand the real nuances of the military.”

Tuberville has argued that PTO for abortion is unlawful.

Tuberville also argued that such a policy change requires congressional approval, not a unilateral bureaucratic decision. 

Gallego argued that abortions constituted a standard of military readiness.   

“Women that need abortion care, and if they’re in a state that does not provide that, are now not going to be able to take paid time off, which we are giving them paid time off that they earned, to travel to a state to receive that abortion care, for whatever reason that is,” said Gallego. “If you’re a woman right now, do you want to join a military that’s not going to give you the freedom to travel should you need an abortion for whatever reason possible?”

Gallego characterized abortions as a form of liberty. He further argued that racial and sexual diversity is a necessary component of the military. Gallego said that the military shouldn’t be intimidating to join.   

“Making [the military] accepting and welcoming is going to be important for you to recruit them,” said Gallego. 

Gallego further argued that Russia is losing the war to a “woke Ukrainian army.” Earlier this month, Ukraine’s Territorial Defense Forces named a transgender woman, Sarah Ashton-Cirillo, as their spokesman. Ashton-Cirillo, a former Nevada resident, first arrived in Ukraine last March to report on the war for LGBTQ Nation

Prior to leaving for Ukraine, Ashton-Cirillo infiltrated the Nevada GOP as a covert political operative from 2020 through 2021. Ashton-Cirillo’s reported goal was to write an investigative book on Republicans and help her friend, Democratic candidate Nadia Krall, get elected to local judgeship as a Republican. Krall won. Ashton-Cirillo then ran briefly for the Las Vegas City Council in 2021.

In Gallego’s interview, the congressman also remarked briefly on the indictments against former President Donald Trump, calling him a “threat to democracy.” 

Corinne Murdock is a reporter for AZ Free News. Follow her latest on Twitter, or email tips to

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