In his first major interview as an elected senator, Tommy Tuberville, Republican of Alabama, misidentified the three branches of the federal government, mistakenly asserted that World War II was a battle against socialism, and wrongly asserted that former vice president Al Gore was president. elect for 30 days.
Mr Tuberville, a former Auburn University football coach who decisively defeated Sen. Doug Jones, a Democrat, last week, gave a notable interview to The Alabama Daily News on Thursday after attending the orientation of new senators in Washington.
Asked if he thinks Republicans can still use their potential Senate majority to pass legislation in a divided government, with Democrats controlling the White House and the House of Representatives, Mr Tuberville replied that he had been given a mandate to “help people”, adding: “I don’t care if you are a Republican or a Democrat.
The three branches of the federal government, as set out in the Constitution, are the legislature, including the House and the Senate; the executive or the presidency; and judicial, which includes the Supreme Court.
Asked about the main takeaways from the election, Mr Tuberville said he was concerned that Mr Biden, a traditional centrist Democrat, had promoted a vision that he said “led more to one type of government socialist”.
“It worries me that we’re at the point now where we have almost half the country voting for something that this country was not built upon,” Tuberville said. “I tell people, my father fought 76 years ago in Europe to liberate Europe from socialism.”
World War II was a global battle against fascism.
Mr Tuberville also said he plans to use his Senate office to raise funds for two Republican senators from Georgia who face an election that will determine control of the chamber. Senate ethics rules prohibit the use of official resources for campaigning purposes.
And in another exchange, he mistakenly said that Mr. Gore, the Democratic presidential candidate in 2000, was president-elect for 30 days during an intense and prolonged recount and legal battle. Neither Mr. Gore nor George W. Bush were considered the president-elect during this process.
The interview was the most comprehensive remarks Mr. Tuberville had made since his election last week. He kept a low profile on the election campaign, rarely making himself available to reporters other than those in the conservative media, but had positioned himself as a staunch supporter of President Trump.