On Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump tweeted his endorsement of Alabama US Senate Republican candidate Tommy Tuberville. The former head coach for Auburn is racing against Jeff Sessions to take on Doug Jones in the November General Election. The President tweeted his endorsement after a slew of polling released over the last several days indicated that Coach Tuberville has a substantial lead going into the primary runoff.
Jeff Sessions tweeted shortly after the President made his endorsement, “Of course, President Trump can endorse anyone he chooses for the U.S. Senate election in Alabama. But the Constitution expressly empowers the people of Alabama, and only them, to select their Senator. I intend to take my case directly to the people of Alabama. Even before he declared for the presidency, I fought for the principles that Donald Trump so effectively advocated in the campaign and has advanced as President. I believed in those principles then, I have always fought for them, and I will continue to do so.”
Jeff Sessions had a short but tumultuous tenure as US Attorney General for President Donald Trump. Donald Trump routinely criticized Jeff Sessions for his recusal in the Russian investigation, and routinely expressed his feelings of betrayal on Twitter and in the media. Sessions was the first sitting senator in the 2016 election cycle to endorse President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination for president of the United States.
The President also gloated on Twitter on super Tuesday (March 3rd) about Jeff Sessions coming in second to Coach Tommy Tuberville in the Republican primary for this same US Senate seat.
The primary runoff is March 31st, the winner of the runoff will take on sitting US Senator Doug Jones in the November general election.