Scott Tibbs

Donald Trump's dishonorable treatment of Jeff Sessions

By Scott Tibbs, June 5, 2020

Jeff Sessions was a Donald Trump loyalist. He was the first U.S. Senator to endorse Trump in the 2016 primary, at a time when there was great political risk to doing that and when many thought Trump would not win the nomination. As Trump's attorney general, Sessions did everything in his power to implement Trump's policy agenda. In response, Trump undermined and badmouthed him constantly.

Trump is extremely bitter because Sessions recused himself from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Sessions believed then and believes now that it was required by law to recuse himself due to his deep involvement in the Trump campaign. At best, it would be an unethical conflict of interest for Sessions to be investigating himself. Sessions is an honorable man who did an honorable thing.

But Sessions' loyalty was not enough for Trump, because of one decision Trump disliked. Trump demands 100% total agreement, which feeds the cult mentality among some in the "MAGA" world. Many Republicans who are not part of the cult are terrified of crossing Trump because he might turn against them as well. When it became clear that Trump was unhappy, Sessions even offered to resign, but Trump did not accept the offer - making Trump's attacks on Sessions even more ludicrous.

I find it astonishing that Sessions put up with an enormous amount of abuse from Trump, including repeatedly undercutting him in public, and remained loyal to the President. Sessions aggressively implemented Trump's policy agenda, especially on immigration. It shows that Trump is extremely petty and childish. I hope Alabama voters are not fooled by this and will give a well-deserved victory to Sessions.

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