Former Senator and Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions lost his bid to regain his old Senate seat in Alabama.
Former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville defeated Sessions by a whopping 20%, 60%-39% with 100% of the precincts reporting.
Trump supported Tuberville in the election despite Sessions being one of Trump’s earliest and most prominent supporters in 2016 and his eventual Attorney General.
Their relationship soured after Sessions recused himself from the Russian collusion investigation in which Robert Mueller was eventually appointed to oversee
On the eve of the election Trump ripped into Sessions, according to USA Today:
“I will tell you, I got to know Jeff Sessions very well,” Trump said Monday in a conference call with GOP activists which he joined with Tuberville, according to The New York Times and AL.com. “I made a mistake when I put him in as the attorney general. He had his chance and he blew it.
“He recused himself right at the beginning, just about on day one of a ridiculous scam, the Mueller scam, the Russia, Russia, Russia scam. And Jeff didn’t have the courage to stay there. He didn’t know about Russia. He had nothing to do, but he immediately ran for the hills. ”
Trump told voters that if they elect Tuberville, their new senator “is going to have a cold, direct line into my office. That I can tell you.”
Stephen Miller, one of Sessions’ former top advisors, is a speechwriter and senior advisor for President Trump.
Tuberville, 65, will take on US Senator Doug Jones (D) in the general election.
Jones won a hotly contested special election for Sessions’ vacated seat in 2017 over former Alabama Supreme Court Judge Roy Moore.