Jeff Sessions Faces Runoff Election, And Trump Gloats ‘This Is What Happens’ When People Aren’t Loyal To Him
Super Tuesday saw more than just the Democratic presidential nomination. In states across the country, elections were held for local and state offices, and in some cases, primary races were held for federal posts.
In Alabama, Republican voters came out to take part in a primary election to determine who would face off against Democratic Sen. Doug Jones, who won a contested race to replace former Sen. Jeff Sessions in 2017 after Sessions had resigned to be President Donald Trump’s attorney general.
Sessions is now vying to get his old job back. Unfortunately for him, he did not win a majority of votes in Tuesday’s race, and therefore will have to face off against former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville in a runoff election later in March, Fox News reported.
Sessions actually lost to Tuberville in the first round of voting, receiving 32 percent of ballots from GOP voters versus Tuberville’s 33 percent received. Former state Supreme Court judge Roy Moore, who was the Republican nominee that faced off against Jones in 2017, only got 7 percent of the vote.
Because of his inability to win outright the nomination, Trump felt the need to gloat about the outcome on Twitter, blaming Sessions’s loss on the fact that he wasn’t “loyal” to the president by terminating the Russia investigation when he was AG.
“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 wrote.
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. Recuses himself on FIRST DAY in office, and the Mueller Scam begins! https://t.co/2jGnRgOS6h
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2020
The president lamented that Sessions “Recuse[d] himself on FIRST DAY in office,” which resulted in what the president called “the Mueller Scam.”
Sessions, in 2017, explained that his recusal came about after he had examined Department of Justice policy regarding the investigation and his connection to the president.
“I recused myself, not because of any asserted wrongdoing, or any belief that I may have been involved in any wrongdoing in the campaign, but because a Department of Justice regulation…I felt, required it,” he said at the time.
Sessions was removed from his position in November 2018.
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