Sessions swats back after Trump endorses his opponent

He added defiantly: “We are Alabama. Nobody tells us how to vote or what to do.”

Trump had long been expected to throw his backing behind Sessions’ eventual opponent after spending the first two years of his presidency lampooning Sessions over his decision to recuse himself from the Justice Department’s Russia investigation. Until Tuesday, the president had stayed out of the primary.

Still, the president’s endorsement of Tuberville is a major blow for Sessions’ campaign, which has emphasized Sessions early backing of Trump’s 2016 campaign and his enthusiasm for Trump’s agenda even before Trump came onto the political scene.

Tuberville, whose campaign has sought to leverage the feud between Trump and Sessions, narrowly edged the former senator out in last week’s GOP primary, though he fell far short of the majority he needed to avoid a runoff.

Tuberville and Sessions will square off in a March 31 race to run against Democratic Sen. Doug Jones — viewed as one of Democrats’ most vulnerable incumbents — in November.