If someone had told me a week or two ago that President Trump could make me feel sympathy for Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a certifiable right-wing looney, I would have scoffed at the very notion. But it's happened. And it somehow reminds me of the old saying about how the enemy of my enemy […]
If someone had told me a week or two ago that President Trump could make me feel sympathy for Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a certifiable right-wing looney, I would have scoffed at the very notion.
But it's happened. And it somehow reminds me of the old saying about how the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
Here's the situation: In the early days of the new administration, Sessions recused himself from the investigation of possible ties between the Trump team and the Russian government. It was the honorable thing to do, especially in light of disclosures that Sessions himself had had a few private chats with Russians.
But Trump has become increasingly upset about Sessions' recusal. He's even aimed nasty tweets at the attorney general, a strategy that doesn't exactly sit well with certain prominent Republicans.
“I don't understand it. There's no more honorable person I've ever met in my life than Jeff Sessions,' said Republican Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, a close friend of the attorney general.
“I don't think he means harm with those tweets,' Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah said of Trump. “But I'd prefer that he didn't do that. We'd like Jeff to be treated fairly.”
Fairness seems to have nothing to do with how Trump feels about Sessions. The president simply doesn't like it that the attorney general recused himself from the Russia investigation. Trump thinks his cabinet appointees should be loyal only to him, not to any long-standing principles of right and wrong.
For some reason, the president also seems loathe to simply fire Sessions. Apparently, he prefers that the man resign.
I'm hoping that Sessions hangs tough and refuses to quit. I don't like him, to be sure, but I'd like to see him stand up to the nutcase in the White House.
This is probably the only situation in which I would side with Jefferson Beauregard Sessions of Alabama. I think he's a throwback to the worst days of the segregationist South.
But, as I said above, Sessions also is the enemy of my enemy. That makes him a friend of mine — sort of.
It's a political miracle.