Sessions Loses Senate Bid for Old Senate Seat to Trump-backed Tuberville
Written by Luis Miguel
There won’t be a comeback for ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Sessions, who stepped down as attorney general at President Trump’s request in 2018 due to differences over the Russia investigation, failed in his bid to win his old Senate seat in Alabama on Tuesday night, losing to Trump-supported former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville.
Sessions famously recused himself from any investigations into the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, resulting in Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointing former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel in a probe that lasted nearly two years.
Although Mueller did not conclude that there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, numerous individuals were charged with process crimes (such as making false statements to the FBI) related to the investigation, including advisor George Papadopoulos, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, and strategist Roger Stone.
Papadopoulos did 12 days in federal prison. After years of legal battles and pleading guilty (but later attempting to withdraw his guilty plea), Flynn saw the Justice Department move to drop the charges against him earlier this year (though the case remains in limbo as a federal judge resists the dismissal for now). Meanwhile, Stone was convicted and sentenced to 40 months in prison, but the president issued a commutation of his sentence last week.
During the Alabama primary, President Trump was deeply critical of Sessions and the fallout of his recusal, throwing his support behind Tuberbille.
In an interview, the president blasted Sessions as “not mentally qualified to be Attorney General.”
“He was the biggest problem. I mean, look Jeff Sessions put people in place that were a disaster,” the president added.
Sessions, who was an early Trump supporter during the 2016 election, at a time when most of the Republican establishment saw the New York billionaire as a liability, generally tried to avoid hitting back at the president’s criticism in public during his campaigning to retake his spot as a U.S. senator.
In one rare instance of hitting back, albeit mildly, Sessions responded to the president: “Look, I know your anger, but recusal was required by law. I did my duty & you’re damn fortunate I did. 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.”
Sessions added, “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.”
Yet neither Sessions’ claim to being ideologically on par with the president, nor his diplomatic manner in handling his former boss’s rebukes were enough to save him in the election. Tuberville took home 60.74 percent of the primary vote compared to Sessions’ 39.26 percent.
Also on Tuesday night, former White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson, who had the president’s endorsement, beat out Josh Winegartner, endorsed by outgoing Republican Representative Mac Thornberry, in the primary for a Texas congressional seat.
The strength of President Trump’s endorsement signals that, despite the constant media reports that he is unpopular, the Republican base still stands with him enthusiastically.
The size of the president’s following can be seen in the recent of rise of Trump boat rallies or flotillas across the country. In some cases, these boat parades have comprised thousands of vessels. When did anyone organize a flotilla for George W. Bush?
While polls continue to say that Biden maintains a comfortable lead at this point, especially given an alleged widespread disappointment with President Trump’s response to the coronavirus, the reliability of these surveys is uncertain. After all, a number of polls leading up to Election Day 2016 gave Hillary Clinton more than 90-percent chance of winning.
But an election model that has correctly predicted the winner of presidential elections in five out of six races since 1996 gives Donald Trump a 91 percent chance of getting reelected in November.
The “Primary Model,” developed by Stony Brook Professor Helmut Norpoth in 1996, determines a candidate’s shot at winning by looking at their success in early primary contests. This model puts former Vice President Joe Biden at a major disadvantage because he had overwhelming losses in the first two nominating contests.
One thing is for certain. If voter enthusiasm is a determining factor, Sleepy Joe Biden has a lot of catching up to do.
Image of Jeff Sessions: Screenshot of Twitter.com
Luis Miguel is a marketer and writer whose journalistic endeavors shed light on the Deep State, the immigration crisis, and the enemies of freedom. Follow his exploits on Facebook, Twitter, Bitchute, and at luisantoniomiguel.com.
Courtesy of The New American