President Donald Trump and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Alabama, went into the second day on Twitter.
The back-and-forth began with a tweet from President Trump on Friday promoting Sessions’s opponent, former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville. Sessions responded to the comments, saying, “Recusal was required by law. I did my duty & you’re damn fortunate I did.”
Tuberville’s a coward who is rightly too afraid to debate me. He says you’re wrong on China & trade. He wants to bring in even more foreign workers to take American jobs. That’s not your agenda and it’s not mine or Alabama’s. I know Alabama. Tuberville doesn’t.
— Jeff Sessions (@jeffsessions) May 23, 2020
On Saturday morning, Sessions publicly suggested that President Trump had “forgotten” that the people of Alabama and other conservatives trust him to serve in the Senate.
“Mr. President, Alabama can and does trust me, as do conservatives across the country. Perhaps you’ve forgotten. They trusted me when I stepped out and put that trust on the line for you,” wrote Sessions.
President Trump blasted Sessions for his 2017 decision to recuse himself from investigations tied to the 2016 presidential election, which included allegations of Russian interference in the election, saying that Sessions should “drop out.”
“Jeff, you had your chance & you blew it. Recused yourself ON DAY ONE (you never told me of a problem), and ran for the hills. You had no courage, & ruined many lives. The dirty cops, & others, got caught by better & stronger people than you. Hopefully this slime will pay a big price,” said President Trump.
“You should drop out of the race & pray that super liberal @DougJones, a weak & pathetic puppet for Crazy Nancy Pelosi & Cryin’ Chuck Schumer, gets beaten badly. He voted for impeachment based on ‘ZERO.’ Disgraced Alabama. Coach @TTuberville will be a GREAT Senator,” the president continued.
….price. You should drop out of the race & pray that super liberal @DougJones, a weak & pathetic puppet for Crazy Nancy Pelosi & Cryin’ Chuck Schumer, gets beaten badly. He voted for impeachment based on “ZERO”. Disgraced Alabama. Coach @TTuberville will be a GREAT Senator!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 23, 2020
Sessions, who was the first senator to endorse Trump’s 2016 campaign, has repeatedly defended himself for recusing from the Russia investigations—a move that made the president felt betrayed.
“As the world knows, the President disagreed with me on recusal, but I did what the law required me to do,” Sessions wrote in an open letter to Alabamans earlier this month. “I was a central figure in the campaign and was also a subject of and witness in the investigation and could obviously not legally be involved in investigating myself. If I had ignored and broken the law, the Democrats would have used that to severely damage the President.”
In the letter, Sessions expressed enthusiasm for the president’s agenda, saying, “I have remained faithful to the President and his agenda. I have always stood up for him, and I never backed down, not even for one moment. My convictions are immovable, built on rock, not sand.”
Sessions and Tuberville are set to face off in a July 14 runoff initially slated for March 31 but delayed due to the CCP Virus (coronavirus) pandemic. The winner will get the opportunity to take on sitting Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) who won the red state’s senate seat in 2017 over disgraced former judge Roy Moore.