Shelby said Sessions would be a strong candidate for a seat he held before joining the Trump administration, but could “struggle if the president was against him.” In conversations with Trump about the race, Shelby said Trump “was not encouraging” of Sessions running.
“How do I say it? He was not on board, okay?” Shelby said.
Trump continued to air his grievances with Sessions on Twitter and in interviews until finally forcing him out. Trump didn’t stop deriding Sessions even after he was gone. At the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in March, Trump brought up Sessions.
“I’m gonna recuse myself,” Trump said in an accent mimicking Sessions’s Southern drawl.
Moore is seeking a rematch with Jones, but national Republicans aren’t supporting him, worried that he’ll lose again. Even Trump, who rallied for Moore in Alabama after the allegations of sexual misconduct came out, has urged him not to run.