If there were any doubts that President Donald Trump harbors some intense feeling about the failure of his original pick for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, to stand up to the forced behind the politically motivated Russian collusion hoax, the president set the matter to rest on Wednesday.
Taking to Twitter, Trump responded to a Politico article on the Alabama GOP senate primary race to blast Session for not having the “wisdom or courage” to put an end to what the president said all along was a “witch hunt.”
He 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!”
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
Sessions, who resigned as attorney general at Trump’s request after the 2018 midterm elections, was running against former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville, Rep. Bradley Byrne, and former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama Roy Moore for the seat he vacated to take the attorney general job.
It was a race many believe Sessions should have won going away, given that he held the seat for 20 years.
Instead, he finds himself in a runoff with Tuberville, who drew more votes, 235,461 to 227,492. Byrne finished third with 195,450 votes.
And while Trump was relatively quiet in the primary, he let his thoughts be known on Wednesday.
Tuberville responded to the president’s tweet to say: “Mr. President, I could not agree more, and in 27 days help will be on the way!”
Mr. President, I could not agree more, and in 27 days help will be on the way! https://t.co/LFxASKgwBv
— Tommy Tuberville (@TTuberville) March 4, 2020
The winner will take on incumbent Sen. Doug Jones, the Democrat who beat Moore in a 2017 special election, aided by sexual misconduct allegations leveled against the Republican.
Alabama has been a reliable red state and a solid GOP candidate would likely win with little trouble. Should Democrats lose the seat, any hopes of retaking the majority in the Senate likely go with it.
It remains to be seen if Trump goes all in for Tuberville in the runoff election.
While Sessions may have lacked the stomach for a fight against Democrats, he’s all geared up for going mano a mano with Tuberville, who he slammed in a tweet as “a tourist from Florida.”
“I look forward to this runoff with @TTuberville with great confidence. Let me say this – no one will prevail in this Senate race without being vetted. This is especially true of a tourist from Florida,” he tweeted.
The preliminaries are over. Now, we must know where our opponent stands on the key issues, like immigration and trade. One thing is clear. There is no doubt where I stand on these issues. You have trusted me before, and you can absolutely trust me again.
— Jeff Sessions (@jeffsessions) March 4, 2020
A native of Arkansas, Tuberville lived in Florida before moving to Alabama to run.
President Trump carried Alabama with more than 62% of the vote, and Tuberville has been a vocal supporter of the president.
“I do believe that Donald Trump was sent here by God to help this country because we were in a death spiral. We are truly in trouble,” Tuberville has said.
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