President Trump endorsed former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ GOP Senate opponent yesterday, claiming the candidate was a “real leader” who would never let the country down.
President Trump tweeted, “Tommy Tuberville (@TTuberville) is running for the U.S. Senate from the Great State of Alabama. Tommy was a terrific head football coach at Auburn University. He is a REAL LEADER who never let MAGA/KAG, or our Country, down! Tommy will protect you 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!”
Tuberville and Sessions will face a runoff election on March 31 after both candidates failed to receive over 50 percent of the vote during last week’s primary race. Tuberville edged out Sessions, garnering 33.4 percent of the vote while the former Attorney General took 31.6 percent.
A new poll indicates that Tuberville has a double-digit lead over Sessions–garnering 52 support from likely GOP primary voters compared to just 40 percent backing the former Attorney General.
Last week, President Trump unleashed on Sessions after the he failed to win the Alabama Republican primary.
Responding to a Politico tweet about the status of Sessions’ race for Senate, President Trump tweeted, “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!”
Sessions–who was an early 2016 Trump campaign supporter–was appointed attorney general in 2017, however, he surprised many Trump supporters after recusing himself from the Russia investigation.
President Trump said he never would have chosen Sessions if he had known he would recuse himself from the hoax Russia probe, telling the New York Times in July 2017, “Sessions should have never recused himself and if he was going to recuse himself he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else.”
Sessions tendered his resignation in November of 2018 at the request of President Trump.