- Sessions uses his first campaign ad show his loyalty and support for Trump.
- Trump's endorsement could be a huge boost for Sessions' campaign.
- Sessions has remained loyal to Trump despite their massive fallout.
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions left President Trump’s cabinet with a strained relationship between him and the President. Trump often berated Sessions for not putting a stop to the Mueller investigation. Sessions is now running for one of Alabama’s senate seats and used his first campaign ad to quell some of the bad blood between him and the president.
In the ad Sessions makes a point about his loyalty to the president, saying, “When I left President Trump’s Cabinet, did I write a tell-all book? No. Did I go on CNN and attack the president? Nope. Have I said a cross word about our president? Not one time. I’ll tell you why: First, that would be dishonorable. I was there to serve his agenda, not mine. Second, the president is doing a great job for America and Alabama, and he has my strong support.” Sessions understandably would like the president’s support in his campaign and understands that any criticism from the President could be disastrous for his campaign.
Sessions’ primary opponents have wasted no time in attacking him for his performance as Attorney General. U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne stated, “Alabama deserves a senator who will stand with the President and won’t run away and hide from the fight.” Another of Sessions’ opponents Tommy Tuberville tweeted, “As AG, he failed the President at his point of greatest need.”
Sessions was the first Senator to endorse the president’s campaign and became one of Trump’s top supporters. Agreeing with Trump on even some of his most controversial stances, Sessions was in many ways a key player in the president’s election. However, when Sessions didn’t act on the President’s requests for him to stop special investigator Robert Mueller’s investigation, the fallout was incredible. Trump regularly criticized Sessions in tweets.
In one the President wrote, “Two long running, Obama era, investigations of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well publicized charge, just ahead of the Mid-Terms, by the Jeff Sessions Justice Department. Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time. Good job Jeff……”
In another the president wrote “‘Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations.’ Jeff, this is GREAT, what everyone wants, so look into all of the corruption on the ‘other side’ including deleted Emails, Comey lies & leaks, Mueller conflicts, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Ohr.” At the climax of the fallout Trump referred to Sessions as a “dumb Southerner.” Sessions resigned the day following the 2018 midterm elections.
Despite this, Sessions has emphasized his unwavering support for President Trump and continues to support his platform and policies. Whether Trump decides to support his former Attorney General’s campaign is yet to be seen. When asked, Trump said he was going to wait and see how it turns out.