It was not long after President Donald Trump gave his endorsement to former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville that Tuberville’s opponent former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions had a response.
The topsy-turvy relationship between Sessions and his former boss has been well documented, from during his tenure as the country’s top law enforcement official to now, when Sessions is fighting for the U.S. Senate seat he held for 20 years.
Late Tuesday, Trump called Tuberville a “total winner” when he gave him his “Complete and Total Endorsement,” which seemingly marginalized many of the attacks leveled at Tuberville for not being sufficiently onboard with Trump’s agenda.
Sessions responded with a reminder Alabama voters select their U.S. Senator.
“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,” Sessions said in a tweet.
“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,” he continued.
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. (2/2.)
— Jeff Sessions (@jeffsessions) March 11, 2020
Trump’s endorsement and Sessions’ subsequent response comes on the heels of the release of three polls earlier in the day on Tuesday showing Tuberville with a double-digit lead with exception of an internal Sessions poll.
Alabama Republicans will head to the polls on March 31 to decide if they want Tuberville or Sessions to oppose incumbent U.S. Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook).