Former Attorney General and former Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions has had a tumultuous relationship with President Donald Trump.
Sessions was one of the president’s first supporters in his 2016 presidential campaign and the two became close friends.
But then came the scam Russia investigation and Sessions recusing himself which led to the Mueller investigation that wasted the nation’s time and taxpayer funds.
Now President Trump has endorsed Sessions opponent in the Alabama Senate primary and the fight between the two is reaching its zenith.
“3 years ago today @JeffSessions threw @realDonaldTrump to the wolves with the Mueller appointment,” Sessions opponent Tommy Tuberville said on Twitter.
“When faced with supporting POTUS or running scared, Jeff Sessions chose the easy way out and recused himself. I won’t ever run from a fight in the U.S. Senate,” he said.
President Trump responded to the tweet by Tuberville by adding more fuel to the fire against Sessions.
“3 years ago, after Jeff Sessions recused himself, the Fraudulent Mueller Scam began. Alabama, do not trust Jeff Sessions. He let our Country down.
“That’s why I endorsed Coach Tommy Tuberville (@TTuberville), the true supporter of our #MAGA agenda!” the president said.
Those were fighting words to the 73-year-old Sessions who, for the first time in his campaign, came fighting against the president.
“[email protected] Look, I know your anger, but recusal was required by law. I did my duty & you’re damn fortunate I did,” he said.
“It protected the rule of law & resulted in your exoneration. Your personal feelings don’t dictate who Alabama picks as their senator, the people of Alabama do.
“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,” he said in a series of tweets.
Sessions and Tuberville finished so close to each other in March in a Republican primary, that the two are facing off again in a July 14 runoff contest. The winner will face Democrat Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., in November in what is as near a certain victory as any.
The only reason Jones won in such a red state was because his opponent at the time, Roy Moore, was accused of sexual impropriety with a minor in his past.
In such a deep red, President Trump supporting state the president’s endorsement is crucial to victory and Tuberville has it.
Tuberville is a former head football coach at the University of Mississippi, Auburn University, Texas Tech University and the University of Cincinnati.
But Sessions was the senator of Alabama was the senator from Alabama for a decade spanning from 1997 – 2017 when he left his seat to become the Attorney General of The United States.
The familiarity of Sessions to Alabama voters could help him against the endorsement of his opponent by President Trump.
Either way it should be an epic battle between the two for the senate.