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Jeff Sessions is Still Best For Alabama


President Donald Trump officially endorsed Tommy Tuberville, spurning his former Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the Alabama Senate race.

Sessions fell out of favor with the President and was fired from the post of Attorney General in 2018 after he recused himself from the Justice Department’s Russia investigation.

“This is what happens to someone who loyally gets appointed Attorney General of the United States & then doesn’t have the wisdom or courage to stare down & end the phony Russia Witch Hunt. Recuses himself on FIRST DAY in office, and the Mueller Scam begins!” Trump tweeted after Sessions fell short of winning the Alabama Senate Primary.

Tuberville a former football coach turned politician is leading according to the latest polls, and with Trump’s endorsement may build an insurmountable lead over Sessions heading into the runoff election. But as we have learned with so many politicians who are on board with Trump’s agenda until it really matters, this choice may be a mistake.

The differences between the two candidates may at times seem to be few and far between. Indeed, this race has largely appeared to be about which candidate is a bigger supporter of President Trump and his agenda. But when you look closer there are key differences which make the choice clear.

Tommy Tuberville in 2017 (Flickr, g – s – h, CC)

The bottom line is that Jeff Sessions is someone that can be counted on to push conservative priorities and advance President Trump’s agenda, while Tuberville is, at best, an inexperienced candidate with concerning comments raising warning flags about how his views actually line up with conservative policy.

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Sessions was elected to the Senate in 1997 where he served until he was nominated as Attorney General in 2017. During his time in the Senate, he was consistently viewed as one of its most conservative members and has always been one of President Trump’s most vocal and active supporters. Sessions was the first sitting Senator to endorse Trump in 2016 and even after the President’s endorsement of Tuberville he came out on twitter stating that he still stood behind President Trump’s agenda:

“Even before he declared for the presidency, I fought for the principles that Donald Trump so effectively advocated in the campaign and has advanced as President. I believed in those principles then, I have always fought for them, and I will continue to do so.”

– Jeff Sessions

Tuberville on the other hand has no political experience, is seen as a Republican in name only by many conservatives, and some of his past comments cast doubts on his claims of being 100 percent behind President Trump’s America First agenda.

Since announcing his candidacy last year Tuberville has, in several speeches, advocated for immigrants to cross the border and fill jobs that would otherwise go to American workers.

During a 2019 speech Tuberville gave, he said:

“We got 100,000 people a month coming across the border. We don’t know who they are. We need them. But at least we got to know who they are.”

His campaign also hired Rob Jesmer, Zuckerberg’s chief GOP aide for, and a former John McCain for president employee.

Jesmer is believed to have been influential in lobbying GOP members of Congress to support amnesty for illegal aliens with the promise of border enforcement, and additional foreign guest workers for multinational corporations such as Facebook.

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As recently as 2017, lobbied Congress in an attempt to pass the Dream Act giving amnesty to a majority of the anywhere from 10 to 20 million illegal immigrants residing in the United States.

Jeff Sessions (via DonkyHotey, Flickr CC)

These comments are eerily similar to Joe Biden and other mainstream Democrats’ positions on immigration and bring up a valid concern about Tuberville’s intention on immigration if he does become Alabama’s next Senator.

In a State that is overwhelmingly pro Trump and pro Republican, Alabama should choose a candidate that will fight to stop the left’s push for amnesty and unwaveringly fight for American working families.

As Republicans head to the polls in July, they would do good to remember that Jeff Sessions is a terrific conservative, a principled man, and if there was ever a politician that stood for the Trump agenda, it is Jeff Sessions.

Matthew Wearp

Matthew Wearp is a 2020 National Pulse Writing Fellow

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