Trump to Jeff Sessions: Stop Campaigning Off My Good Name!
After several months of watching former Attorney General Jeff Sessions attempt to wrestle back his Senate seat in Alabama with misleading campaign ads that suggest that the two of them are like peas in a pod, President Trump has seen enough. This week, his campaign sent out a letter demanding that Sessions stop using Trump’s name to win over the public.
The letter follows Sessions’ most egregious attempt yet to convince voters that he’s still close to the president; a recent campaign mailer mentioned Trump no fewer than 22 times. This comes as a shock to the president himself, who has endorsed Sessions’ opponent in the race and has virtually nothing good to say about the former AG, whom he still believes acted as a traitor when he recused himself from the Russia investigation.
“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,” wrote Trump campaign COO Michael Glassner. “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.’
“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. Nothing could be further from the truth,” the letter continued.
Trump has been vocal in his support of former football coach Tommy Tuberville, who is currently leading Sessions in the polls. The two are scheduled to go head to head in a runoff election on July 14, the winner of which will represent the Republican Party in the general election against Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL).
But despite Trump’s clear preference, Sessions has done everything he can to convince Alabama voters that he is the candidate most aligned with the president’s agenda. Starting with a video that spent more time talking about Trump than himself, Sessions has tried to turn himself into the Trump Candidate even as the president continued to disparage him.
“President Trump and his campaign do not support your efforts to return to the U.S. Senate,” the letter concluded.
In one sense, we can’t blame Sessions for trying, and it is true that Sessions is one of the fiercest enemies of illegal immigration to ever grace the halls of the Senate. On the other hand, no one paying the slightest bit of attention can have any doubt that the relationship between Sessions and Trump is far beyond repair.
Alabama voters will make their own decision, as they always do, but if you want someone who’s going to be loyal to the White House, Tuberville is probably the wiser choice.