Jeff Sessions, who served as the first Attorney General in the Trump administration, is attempting to reclaim his former United States Senate seat in Alabama. But he will have to do so without the support of President Trump, who endorsed Sessions’ Republican challenger, former college football head coach Tommy Tuberville, in a tweet Tuesday night.
….(which is under siege), is strong on Crime and the Border, and truly LOVES our Military and our Vets. He will be a great Senator for the people of Alabama. Coach Tommy Tuberville, a winner, has my Complete and Total Endorsement. I love Alabama!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 11, 2020
“Tommy was a terrific head football coach at Auburn University,” Pres. Trump tweeted. “He is a REAL LEADER who will never let MAGA/KAG, or our Country, down! Tommy will protect your Second Amendment (which is under siege), is strong on Crime and the Border, and truly LOVES our Military and our Vets. He will be a great Senator for the people of Alabama. Coach Tommy Tuberville, a winner, has my Complete and Total Endorsement. I love Alabama!”
Sessions, 73, fell short of winning the GOP nomination outright in Alabama’s Super Tuesday primary on March 3. As a result, he will go head-to-head against Tuberville in a Republican runoff on March 31. The winner will face incumbent Democratic Senator Doug Jones.
This is what happens to someone who loyally gets appointed Attorney General of the United States & then doesn’t have the wisdom or courage to stare down & end the phony Russia Witch Hunt. Recuses himself on FIRST DAY in office, and the Mueller Scam begins! https://t.co/2jGnRgOS6h
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2020
“This is what happens to someone who loyally gets appointed Attorney General of the United States & then doesn’t have the wisdom or courage to stare down & end the phony Russia Witch Hunt,” Pres. Trump tweeted on March 4 after finding out that Sessions would have to participate in a runoff. “Recuses himself on FIRST DAY in office, and the Mueller Scam begins.”
In February 2017, Sessions left the Senate after two decades of representing Alabama in order to lead the Department of Justice, a position he held until resigning at the President’s request on November 7, 2018. Sessions will have to go through the rest of his campaign without the support of his former boss.
It should be noted that Sessions did not recuse himself from the Mueller investigation until his second month as Attorney General in March 2017. Despite the criticism from his former boss, he has maintained his loyalty to Pres. Trump throughout the race and did so in his speech Tuesday night after qualifying for the runoff.
“Anyone can say they are for the Trump agenda, but talk is cheap, but I have fought on the great issues of our day and won,” Sessions told a crowd in his hometown of Mobile on Super Tuesday, before Pres. Trump endorsed Tuberville.
At the time, he highlighted that he was the first U.S. Senator to endorse Donald Trump in 2016 and that he would be the most effective candidate in advancing his administration’s agenda. “We have this opportunity to turn the Trump agenda into reality, and I am the man for that job,” Sessions added.
Meanwhile, Tuberville, 65, is aided by name recognition in Alabama from his tenure as head coach of Auburn University’s football program. He has positioned himself as a political outsider who will differentiate himself from Sessions.
Tuberville’s campaign took advantage of the President’s tweet on Super Tuesday that was critical of Sessions.
“Mr. President, I could not agree more and in 27 days help will be on the way,” Tuberville tweeted on March 4 in response to Pres. Trump’s remarks.
Tuberville fired up his supporters during a speech he gave to them the night of Super Tuesday, feeling the momentum shifting in his campaign’s direction leading up to the run-off.
“We are going to finish what President Trump started when he looked at Jeff Sessions from across the table and said ‘You’re fired’,” he told them last week.
SaraACarter.com will continue to follow the U.S. Senate race in Alabama.