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Trump and Sessions

Shame on Trump for publicly criticizing Jeff Sessions who was his earliest supporter in the Senate and who is necessary for implementing the Trumpist immigration policy.

If anything, this shows that Trump is actually not playing 4D chess but is just the clueless blowhard that the Trump-haters say he is.

The worst I can say about Sessions is that he was following the normal rules of DC by recusing himself, but the unprecedented attack on an incoming president by the combined “deep state” and mainstream media is not normal and maybe deserved other than the normal response by the Attorney General. That said, I’m still not willing to conclude that Sessions did anything incorrect.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 20, 2017 at 8:12 am

Posted in Politics

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  1. Disagree. First of all, this story is not new. Media trying to create a Fake News Cycle here. It was reported months ago that Trump had been furious at Sessions for screwing that up and that Sessions had even offered Trump his resignation. In the months since that story, Sessions has been working double time to win back Trump’s favor and has performed better than any single cabinet member with the exception of perhaps Rex. Trump is a master of psychological manipulation. He’s taken stock of Sessions and concluded that criticism only makes him work harder.

    PerezHBD

    July 20, 2017 at 8:34 am

  2. Sessions is one of the few to be anti-illegal. But he is more conservative than Trump. For example, his askin the congress to prosecute all medical marijuana usage. He would gladly asks the death penalty for women aborting if he could … But now that Sessions isnt involved in russia anymore, maybe Trump wants him to go. It would be hard to find another one has tough on illegals that can be nominated by congress. I never understand Trump despite Scott Adams “insights”. Sometimes deciline is the inescapable fate for some civilisations. We, occidental, may be in that circunstance.

    Bruno

    July 20, 2017 at 9:45 am

  3. I’ve never believed in 4D chess.

    Right about heaping shame on Trump for his disloyalty. This looks, and is, horrible!

    gothamette

    July 20, 2017 at 9:50 am

    • Right about heaping shame on Trump for his disloyalty.

      Disloyalty? He didn’t fire Jeff Sessions.

      Sessions can handle the critticism, which isn’t even new.

      Rifleman

      July 20, 2017 at 11:00 am

      • It’s improper to say he wouldn’t have hired Sessions. It’s….dishonoring. And Sessions is a Southerner.

        gothamette

        July 20, 2017 at 3:30 pm

  4. “If anything, this shows that Trump is actually not playing 4D chess but is just the clueless blowhard that the Trump-haters say he is.”

    Why is Trump even giving an interview to the NYT? Where is the needle that is going to be moved?

    The best case spin he was talking to the Times to wind people up.

    Lion o' the Turambar

    July 20, 2017 at 10:06 am

    • Why is Trump even giving an interview to the NYT?

      Good question. Maybe because Trump is a New Yorker who grew up at a time when the New York Times was a more prestigious newspaper and not the biased mediocrity it is today.

      Trump clearly wants to be featured in the New York Times as often as possible despite the blatant hatred they have for him and his voters.

      Rifleman

      July 20, 2017 at 11:04 am

      • Trump was a liberal and is still a liberal. Republican Nazis never make remarks about Muslims being wonderful people under certain circumstances. Trump does.

        JS

        July 20, 2017 at 11:28 am

      • Trump was a liberal and is still a liberal.

        Putting Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court and making Jeff Sessions Attorney General are not things any Liberal would do.

        Rifleman

        July 20, 2017 at 11:41 am

  5. I agree with Trump here although, I don’t agree with making this discussion public.

    Loretta Lynch didn’t recuse herself from the Clinton investigation. Instead she met with Bill privately. So no, precedent says that this is not necessarily the normal response.

    Also, I wouldn’t want to hire somebody and then that somebody do a different job, especially since that different job is easier and for much lower pay, but he’s still getting the benefits for the job he was hired. I sucks and I know from personal experience. This is a betrayal in trust.

    Zack

    July 20, 2017 at 10:14 am

    • Yeah there’s no doubt in my mind at least that Trump felt betrayed by Sessions. Sessions was his first and most important supporter, his #1 guy. And then Trump gets in office and is immediately brought under brutal attack from all sides by America’s enemies and his #1 general checks out of the fight. Trump must have been thinking wtf??

      So why tell the NY Times all this? Well he didn’t. He merely says he’d have picked a different AG if he could it over again.

      Andrew E.

      July 20, 2017 at 11:05 am

      • Why can’t he at least have the discipline to pretend that he’s looking forward to proving his Innocence. He’s constantly going on about how pissed off he is that anyone has the gall to investigate him and implicitly how scared he is

        Magnavox

        July 20, 2017 at 1:00 pm

  6. Trump is a clueless blowhard, and that should not have been exactly a secret. They guy has been in the news since the 1980s. And his public image in the 1980s was basically that he was a clueless blowhard.

    The deal was who he was running again, and that his campaign was the only venue available for populists/ reformists, at least the ones on the right. The best move was to try Trump as an option and see how things work out. No Trump and you wind up with Bush or Rubio in the White House (OK Clinton, but I think 2016 was always supposed to be the GoP’s year) and so the situation isn’t any worse than if you back Trump. A failed Trump administration at least upsets the globalists a little, and would also wind up as a useful lesson in how much power the prez really has. And things might still work out.

    Ed

    July 20, 2017 at 10:49 am

    • How would it have been the GOP’s year if even Trump was only able to win the key states by razor thin numbers? How would Jeb have been able to win over working class white voters in the rust belt? Hell, I’m not even sure Jeb would have won Florida. Trump won because for the first time ever, the GOP was able to secure the strong support of prole whites outside the Bible Belt. With nothing to offer except abortion talk and tax cuts for the wealthy, no establishment Republican would have won over that segment of the electorate the way Trump did. And without that, they get destroyed.

      PerezHBD

      July 20, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      • Maybe because Trump was a bad candidate and the country as a whole was not as excited about him as you were.

        Magnavox

        July 21, 2017 at 5:42 am

  7. Sessions is a first-rate man. Principled. Conservative. Consistent. Gentlemanly. Scholarly. Basically the perfect Senator. The whole nation is lucky to have him.

    Unfortunately, the war between the left and the right has escalated to the nuclear level. It is possible that Sessions does not understand this. He is tough, decisive, and formidable. But he is still adhering to the Geneva convention, evacuating civilians, etc. Meanwhile the Democrats are nuking our cities.

    I think Trump (1) understands this on an intuitive level, probably because he’s spent lots of time around our “elites” and has seen them decline over the course of his lifetime. We really are reaching Third World levels of corruption here. Also, (2) the whole Russia thing is completely made up. It’s ridiculous. Trump is not a deep cover Soviet agent. He is not taking orders from Putin. It’s all an outrageous lie.

    So Sessions, operating under the old rules, says “i’ve got a conflict of interest, I need to recuse myself, the integrity of the process is important.” Trump, OTOH, thinks that Sessions just doesn’t get it; that he’s not defending him from a totally ridiculous, made-up charge, etc.

    I would not be surprised if the “rift” between Trump and Sessions was made up, strictly for public consumption. But it is fair to criticize Sessions for fighting a conventional war in a nuclear era. That’s not a criticism of Sessions the man — he’s an excellent man — but it is a criticism of his performance in his job.

    Joe Schmoe

    July 20, 2017 at 12:41 pm

  8. Sessions has been a major disappointment, at least so far. Trump is right and Lion is wrong. Sessions never should have recused himself, Russia is a witch hunt designed to delegitimize and perhaps even bring down the President. Sessions should have been protecting the President from that. But no, he wimped out.
    Also, where are the indictments of Loretta Lynch,Susan Rice, Huma Abedin, Hillary, etc? Why are public universities like Berkeley being allowed to deny civil rights to conservatives? Why are masked, violent antifa not being treated as domestic terrorists? Sessions and the rest of the Justice Dept. have been asleep at the switch. If Trump is going to drain the swamp he needs a strong active AG with balls of steel, not some wimp who runs from a fight.

    Jimbonobo

    July 20, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    • I agree, I would like to see the administration go on the offensive. Playing defense is and always will be playing into the Media’s hand, because as we’ve seen they can literally fabricate controversy from nothing. Prosecuting the wrongdoing by the establishment will keep them from having freedom to blather endlessly about nonsense by forcing them to play CYA for the vermin in their midst.

      Panther of the Blogocube

      July 21, 2017 at 12:18 am

  9. I’ve said elsewhere that Trump should’ve put Sessions at DHS and a fighter at AG (cough-Giuliani-cough). Sessions is simply too nice and meek a guy to have in that kind of role for a president who’s under this kind of attack.

    But it would be a bad idea to fire him, if mainly because of the abysmal replacement President Kushner would pick.

    snorlax

    July 20, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    • Disagree. He made a mistake. He got chewed out for it months ago. He offered his resignation, Trump declined, and they moved on. Sessions isn’t going to make that mistake again. And he has been an absolute beast since that initial screw up. Giuliani is too old and drinks too much. Trump didn’t give him a post for a reason.

      BTW- There are news reports today that Mueller has expanded his investigation beyond his mandate and is now scrutinizing Trump and Associates business dealings. Anyone think Trump realized he is going to have to fire Mueller and bring this issue back up again was a subtle reminder to Sessions that now is the time to atone and have Trump’s back in regards to what is about to come?

      PerezHBD

      July 20, 2017 at 6:16 pm

      • The fact that Meuller hasn’t recused himself is proof positive that the investigation has no integrity. We’re really going to let a personal friend of Comey investigate Comey’s firing? Idiotic.

        Panther of the Blogocube

        July 20, 2017 at 11:33 pm

  10. […] In light of Sessions’ history of loyalty under fire to Trump, along with his proven ideological sentiments to Trump’s base, Sessions’ recusal from the Russia investigation was all the more shocking.  Sessions’ recusal, as most know, set in motion the chain of events that would lead to Mueller being appointed as special prosecutor in an obvious witchhunt.  Sessions’ stated reasons for recusal was that he was abiding by the regulations of the Justice Department; Sessions had inadvertently not disclosed two minor meetings with Russia officials, and perhaps Sessions did not want to be seen as protecting Trump when he was involved in his campaign.  He wanted to be prim and proper; ethical, if you will, and perhaps lead by example.  He’s received plenty of support for the decision, including by Rudy Giuliani and even by prominent nationalist bloggers such as Lion of the Blogosphere. […]


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