In stunning blow, Donald Trump endorses Tommy Tuberville over Jeff Sessions

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In a stunning blow to his former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, President Donald Trump on Tuesday night endorsed Sessions’ primary opponent, former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville, in the Alabama GOP Senate run-off.

“Tommy Tuberville is running for the U.S. Senate from the Great State of Alabama,” Trump tweeted Tuesday night. “He is a REAL LEADER who will never let MAGA/KAG, or our country down!”

Shortly after Trump’s tweet, Sessions responded with tweets of his own saying, “Of course, President Trump can endorse anyone he chooses for the U.S. Senate election in Alabama. But the Constitution expressly empowers the people of Alabama, and only them, to select their Senator. I intend to take my case directly to the people of Alabama.”

Meanwhile, Tuberville enthusiastically replied to the president’s tweet, “Looking forward to helping you drain the swamp and #KAG!”

Sessions and Tuberville will go head-to-head in a runoff on March 31 and neither candidate amassed the 50 percent of votes necessary to outright win their party’s nomination.

The winner will go on to face incumbent, Democrat Doug Jones.