Before a crowd of over 32,000 people in Mobile, Alabama, Senator Jeff Sessions endorsed Donald Trump for president. A long-time supporter of his rival presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz , Sessions’ endorsement could be seen as a set back for the Cruz campaign.
The Washington Post called his endorsement “a major blow” for Cruz.
Sessions represents “the intellectual leader of the future of the conservative movement, has provided the brainpower behind the populist nationalist revolt against political elites that’s been emerging since at least 2013.”
The gathered crowd at Madison City Schools Stadium had no idea Trump was about to introduce Sessions.
“I have a little surprise for you,” he said. “I have a man who is respected by everybody here, greatly respected.
“He’s really the expert as far as I’m concerned on borders, on so many things.”
“When I talk about immigration and when I talk about illegal immigration and everything else, I think about a great man. Who am I talking about? Nobody knows because we’ve kept it a surprise.”
Sessions walked onto the stage and the stadium exploded with cheers before and after his endorsement. He said,
“Look at what’s happening. The American people are not happy with their government.”
Sessions said politicians have talked about fixing the country’s immigration system for 30 years.
“Have they done it?” he asked. “No, but Donald Trump will do it.”
“I’ve told Donald Trump this isn’t a campaign, this is a movement.”
THANK YOU ALABAMA! 32,000 supporters tonight. Get out & VOTE on Tuesday! WE WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! pic.twitter.com/rOkldN7dat
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 29, 2016
Two days prior a former GOP presidential candidate Gov. Chris Christie endorsed Trump, arguing that Trump is best prepared to lead the country and has the best chance at defeating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if she becomes the Democratic nominee. Other governors who’ve endorsed Trump include Alaska’s Sarah Palin, Arizona’s Jan Brewer, and Maine’s Paul LePage. Republican Congressmen Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY).
“Sweet Home Alabama” played as Trump took the stage.