President Trump’s campaign is demanding former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to stop “misleadingly” and “confuse President Trump’s loyal supporters in Alabama” in his campaign mailer that promoting ties to the president in his effort to win back his old Senate seat.
In a letter to the Sessions campaign, that was obtained by The New York Times, the Trump campaign called Sessions’ claim that he is the president’s top supporter “delusional” and the President is supporting former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville. The Trump campaign became aware that Sessions was distributing campaign mailer to Alabama voters that mentioned the president name 22 times.
“The Trump campaign has learned that your U.S. Senate campaign is circulating mailers like the one I have enclosed, in which you misleadingly promote your connections to and ‘support’ of President Trump,” Michael Glassner, the Trump campaign’s chief operating officer wrote in the letter sent on Tuesday. “The enclosed letter and donor form in fact mention President Trump by name 22 times. The letter even makes the delusional assertion that you are President ‘Trump’s #1 supporter.’”
Sessions, who was the first attorney general in the Trump administration, has repeatedly invoked Trump name throughout the campaign, despite the president “unambiguously endorse” his opponent.
“We only assume your campaign is doing this to confuse President Trump’s loyal supporters in Alabama into believing the president supports your candidacy in the upcoming primary runoff election,” the letter reads. “Nothing could be further from the truth. President Trump and his campaign do not support your efforts to return to the U.S. Senate.”
“We want to be absolutely clear about it: President Trump and the Trump Campaign unambiguously endorse Tommy Tuberville. We demand that you and your campaign immediately stop circulating mailers – or any other similar communication – that wrongly suggest otherwise,” Glassner wrote.
Trump endorsed Tuberville a week after the former college football coach and Sessions finished as the top two candidates with neither reached 50% in the Alabama GOP Senate primary race on Super Tuesday. Tuberville and Sessions are both vying to take on Democratic Sen. Doug Jones in the fall, and the GOP view this race as one of their most promising pickup Senate seat. The runoff was suppose to take place on March 31, but it was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak with its new date scheduled for July 14.
Sessions is seeking to reclaim the Senate seat he had for 20 years and gave up to become President Trump’s first attorney general. He’s been running on his record of being close to Trump, despite the president repeatedly and publicly eviscerated him. The former Attorney General recused himself from the Justice Department’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump fired Sessions in November 2018 and and told “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd last year that appointing Sessions as his attorney general “was the biggest mistake.”
Sessions’ campaign spokeswoman, said the fundraising letter was sent on March 6, four days before Trump tweeted his endorsed to Tuberville.
“Alabamans don’t like to be told what to do,” Gitcho said. “They have shown that repeatedly. Washington told them to vote for Luther Strange over Roy Moore, they disobeyed. Washington told them to vote for Roy Moore over Doug Jones, they disobeyed. They are a hardheaded and independent lot.”
She added that despite Trump not endorsing Sessions, he “is indeed one of the strongest supporters of President Trump and his agenda” and “no one can change that.”