When not one U.S. Senator would come anywhere near then-candidate Donald Trump, then-Senator Jeff Sessions put his neck and reputation on the line by becoming the first to endorse him, even though his fellow senator, Ted Cruz was still in the race and was by far the more conservative of the two.
It was a shock to many who believed that Cruz would be a much more natural endorsement fit for Sessions, given that Donald Trump, a lifelong New York liberal, had no track record of being a conservative nor any track record of actually fighting for conservative causes. In fact, over the years Trump had been all over the board on the most important issues, even arguing that squishy Mitt Romney was too strict on immigration in the 2012 election.
It was an act of loyalty for sure, so much so that most believe that Jeff Sessions is certainly one of President Trump’s most loyal supporters.
However, in a new interview on Tuesday in the Wall Street Journal, President Trump took issue with Jeff Session’s loyalty, claiming that his attorney general’s early endorsement of him “wasn’t a great loyal thing.”
President Trump told The Journal:
“When they say he endorsed me, I went to Alabama. I had 40,000 people. He was a senator from Alabama. I won the state by a lot, massive numbers. A lot of the states I won by massive numbers. But he was a senator, he looks at 40,000 people and he probably says, ’What do I have to lose?’ And he endorsed me. So it’s not like a great loyal thing about the endorsement.”
Actually, that is a major re-write of history. Sessions had a lot to lose by endorsing a first-time candidate with no track record and, as we saw, sometimes flew off the handle with ridiculous statements like his bizarre, outlandish, and ridiculous contention that Ted Cruz’s father murdered John F. Kennedy.
Endorsing Ted Cruz would have been a much safer bet for Jeff Sessions. He gained nothing by endorsing Trump, giving up his safe Senate seat for a job he’s being forced out of. Trump got more out the deal and Sessions’ endorsement suddenly gave his campaign much-needed credibility that was pivotal to his eventual victory.
“I’m very disappointed in Jeff Sessions,” Trump added, repeating sentiments he’s already expressed both on Twitter and in public comments during a joint press conference with the Prime Minister of Lebanon on Tuesday.
Jeff Sessions put his reputation on the line. Donald Trump should be grateful and if he has a problem with him, he should talk to him privately about it man-to-man instead of sending out cowardly tweets.
It would be pretty easy to pick up the phone and ask Sessions to resign. Sessions deserves better than being publicly flogged by the President of the United States.
On Tuesday morning, the president slammed Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Twitter for taking a “VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2017
However, it was Donald Trump himself, who said that the administration wouldn’t be pursuing Hillary Clinton, despite all the “Lock her up! Lock her up!” chants during campaign rallies. Jeff Sessions was simply following the lead of President Trump. That’s his own fault.
On Monday, Trump referred to his Attorney General as “beleaguered,” for not “looking into Crooked Hillarys [sic] crimes & Russia relations.”
So why aren't the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2017
And if Donald Trump has a problem with Jeff Sessions recusing himself from the Russian investigation (I agree that was a mistake that was not necessary), then why is he just now whining about it? That occurred months ago. He could have fired him then.
What message does this send to the country and to would-be Trump supporters? It sends the message that if he will publicly humiliate and shame a loyalist like Jeff Sessions, just imagine what he might do to you!