Former Auburn University head soccer coach Tommy Tuberville “will be a great Senator for the people of Alabama,” the president tweeted Tuesday evening. “Coach Tommy Tuberville, a winner, has my Complete and Total Endorsement. I love Alabama!”

In an obvious jab at Sessions, Trump referred to as Tuberville a “REAL LEADER” who would by no means let the Trump administration and coalition down.

Tuberville responded on Twitter by saying he’s “looking forward to helping you drain the swamp and #KAG,” a reference to the president’s 2020 “Keep America Great” marketing campaign.

Sessions, a senator for twenty years earlier than becoming a member of the Trump administration, was the primary senator to endorse the now-president. But Trump continuously lashed out at Sessions throughout his lower than two years as legal professional basic, calling him an “embarrassment” and deeming the Justice Department a “disaster” beneath his management. 

Trump stated hiring Sessions was his “biggest mistake” after the previous senator recused himself from the particular counsel investigation into Russian interference within the 2016 election, refusing to behave because the president’s private protector within the probe.

“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,” Trump tweeted earlier this month after Sessions didn’t win the GOP nomination outright. “Recuses himself on FIRST DAY in office, and the Mueller Scam begins!” Trump wrote on Wednesday.

Both Tuberville and Rep. Bradley Byrne (R) have attacked Sessions for not being loyal sufficient to Trump. But the previous soccer coach has additionally criticized the president previously, saying he was “pissed off” at Trump over veterans’ well being care points.

The president’s endorsement on Tuesday is certain to provide Tuberville a lift within the March 31 runoff for the Republican nomination. The winner advances to the November basic election in opposition to incumbent Democrat Doug Jones. CNN reports some GOP leaders are uncertain how Tuberville will fare, given his lack of political expertise. The candidates are competing for a similar Senate seat Sessions deserted in 2017.

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