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New Alabama senator struggles with basic WWII history and says US fought ‘socialism and communism’

“I tell people, my dad fought 76 years ago in Europe to free Europe of Socialism,” he told Alabama Daily News. “Today, you look at this election, we have half this country that made some kind of movement, now they might not believe in it 100 per cent, but they made some kind of movement toward socialism.”

Tommy Tuberville, the incoming US senator for Alabama

Tommy Tuberville, the incoming US senator for Alabama

(Tuberville for Senate, Inc. )

Though the full name of the Nazis was the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, they were fascists, not socialists. And the Soviet Union, a US ally during the war, was communist.

During the campaign, in which Mr Tuberville, the former football coach of Auburn University, defeated Democratic incumbent Doug Jones, the Republican had another factual mix-up, appearing not to understand what the landmark Voting Rights Act is.

“If you look at some of the arguments that are being advanced, that ‘Defund the Police’ hurt or that arguments about socialism hurt, not a single member of Congress that I’m aware of campaigned on socialism or defunding the police in this general election,” she said.

The arguments over the label reflect a broader discussion going on in the Democratic party about how liberal it should be, following its presidential win and disappointing run in congressional elections.