Tommy Tuberville, a former football coach from Auburn University, beat former senator and former attorney general Jeff Sessions in the Alabama GOP Senate primary on Tuesday.
President Trump publicly opposed his former attorney general’s return to Washington D.C., saying he didn’t want him back in Washington. He openly campaigned for Tuberville:
Big Senate Race in Alabama on Tuesday. Vote for @TTuberville, he is a winner who will never let you down. Jeff Sessions is a disaster who has let us all down. We don’t want him back in Washington!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2020
Jeff Sessions earned the president’s disrespect when — as attorney general — he recused himself from overseeing the Russian collusion investigation early in the Trump administration. As the investigation wore on and dragged the president and the country down, it became apparent that Sessions could have helped the president and the country avoid the divisive and destructive effects of an investigation that, after over two years, discovered no criminal conduct or collusion. President Trump fired Sessions in November 2018 and eventually replaced him with current AG William Barr.
Sessions actively appealed for President Trump’s support in his bid for his old Senate seat, but the president would have none of it. He expressed his disappointment with Sessions’ naivete about the “deep state” saying that Sessions “had no clue” and promised that Tuberville would do a better job. The president even promised Tuberville direct access in a campaign ad.
— Tommy Tuberville (@TTuberville) July 14, 2020
Tuberville’s win is a win for President Trump. He celebrated on Twitter:
Wow, just called! @TTuberville – Tommy Tuberville WON big against Jeff Sessions. Will be a GREAT Senator for the incredible people of Alabama. @DougJones is a terrible Senator who is just a Super Liberal puppet for Schumer & Pelosi. Represents Alabama poorly. On to November 3rd.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2020
Tuberville will face Democrat Doug Jones in November.