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Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is a true believer in the old order, a man whose worldview is based on the assumption that so-called “Christian” white men ought to be in charge. He has spent his political career trying to claw back the halting progress that people of color and other minorities have made toward full equality — restricting voting rights, persecuting immigrants, denouncing homosexuals.

The attorney general is a close friend of the intrepid Steve Bannon, another true believer in the old order. Bannon, now one of the most powerful men in the White House, is the former executive chairman of Breitbart.com, a website that traffics in blatant misogyny and racism, disparaging Muslims, denouncing immigrants and, of course, spreading miserable lies about President Barack Obama.

According to reporter Joshua Green — author of Devil’s Bargain, a book about the Trump campaign — it was Bannon who persuaded Sessions to become the first sitting senator to endorse Donald J. Trump for the presidency. The day before Sessions endorsed Trump at a Madison, Alabama, rally in February 2016, Bannon told him, “This is the moment,” Green reports.

Forgive me, then, if I shed no tears for the attorney general as Trump puts him through a shredder, subjecting him to a daily, if not hourly, barrage of humiliations. Sessions aligned himself with Trump in order to push an ultraconservative agenda that would take the nation back to the 1950s. He is getting exactly what he deserves.

The president is angry because Sessions recused himself from overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election. With that decision — which was a no-brainer, by the way, since Sessions himself had met with Russian officials during the campaign — Sessions could not act as Trump’s sycophantic mouthpiece, pushing back on every new revelation. A petty and narcissistic little tyrant, Trump expects not just loyalty, but subservience.

Perhaps Sessions had no idea what Trump would be like as president. Perhaps he believed that traditional Republicans could coach Trump into hewing more closely to traditional governing norms. Maybe Sessions thought that his loyalty to Trump’s agenda — especially his endorsement of the travel ban and the border wall — would make him a favorite of the president.

If Sessions thought that, he was wrong, of course. Trump has trashed every traditional standard of the presidency, starting with his startling disregard for obvious truths. He has insisted that intelligence agencies are lying about Russian interference in the election. He has installed his children in White House jobs. He has tweeted harsh and crude insults, some of them aimed at officials in his administration.

And, most troubling, Trump has thumbed his nose at the rule of law. The president has suggested he could pardon himself if he is convicted of a crime, and he has called for the Justice Department to investigate his rival Hillary Clinton — the sort of machinations common in banana republics. Trump fired James Comey because the FBI was investigating Russian interference in the election. Sessions, apparently, went along with that. So, surely, Sessions cannot be surprised that Trump is now coming after him.

Even if Sessions knew what sort of president Trump would be, though, he probably would have still endorsed him, just as so many other Republicans did later on. Conventional Republicans — the establishment, if you will — have an agenda, and they need a Republican president in order to carry it out.

They want to do the bidding of the rich, rolling back government regulations on banking and the environment and cutting their taxes even further. They want to outlaw reproductive rights and deny full equality to gays and lesbians. They want to thwart the advance of people of color.

So it’s no surprise that Sessions has stuck to his playbook, even as Trump continues to flay him. The attorney general has threatened sanctuary cities. He has excused police violence. He has argued that employers may discriminate against gays and lesbians.

Donald Trump is the president he deserves.

Cynthia Tucker won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2007. She can be reached at cynthia@cynthiatucker.com.

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  1. dbtheonly July 28, 2017

    Deserve this?

    No human being deserves this.

    Whatever we think of Jefferson Beleagered and his policies, seeing his loyalty to Trump being repaid with scorn, seeing history rewritten to his disadvantage, seeing his ethics being mocked, seeing his public humiliation, these are personal humiliations. We can have sympathy for his personal humiliations even while working to inflict professional defeats upon him.

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    1. oldlion July 28, 2017

      Poor Reince. Maybe he’ll get a pair of gonads for Christmas. I’d like to see Mooch talk about Kelly the way he did Priebus. Kelly would rip that Soprano’s wannabe to pieces.

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      1. latebloomingrandma July 29, 2017

        I hope so.

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      2. plc97477 July 29, 2017

        I would pay to see that.

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        1. old_blu July 30, 2017

          Maybe you could sell tickets to it.

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      3. oldlion July 29, 2017

        When will someone treat Trump the way he treats others? I would love to see him humiliated publicly. The trouble with him is that he has never had his ass kicked properly. Needs to be taught humility. I think Bernie would have eaten his lunch in a debate.

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    2. Mama Bear July 29, 2017

      Remember the old saying “when you lie down with dogs you wake up with fleas” ?

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      1. dbtheonly July 29, 2017

        True enough, but can we find sympathy in our hearts for a man so publicly wronged and abused?

        Why does he stay? Is he staying to try to head off the Constitutional Crisis that would ensue when Trump fires Mueller? Is Sessions suffering this to protect America, as he sees it?

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        1. Mama Bear July 29, 2017

          Never forget he is a good ole southern boy and would throw anyone under the bus to be front and center for the next lynching. I am capable of feeling sorry for him, I’m just not there yet:)

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          1. latebloomingrandma July 29, 2017

            Same here. I’m more appalled at Trump’s actions. I am glad that Sessions is not caving and resigning, choosing instead to perhaps be a thorn in Trump’s side. But I give him only at this time the world’s smallest violin.

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          2. InGen12 July 29, 2017

            Sessions sees his ONE opportunity to take the country back to the 1950’s and he’s not about to give that up. Enjoy seeing him humiliated by Trumpy but worried about what comes next because Trumpy’s ultimate goal is to get rid of Mueller. And he’s using Sessions to do that.

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        2. rhetoric_phobic July 29, 2017

          Sessions loves the power of the position. He will tolerate the abuse indefinitely to keep it.
          Protecting American, as he sees it, means going back to their version of the good old days.White men ruled and people of color and women were second class citizens.
          Sessions knew very well who and what trump is. None of it was a secret. trump is no different than he was as a private citizen. A loathsome creature with no self respect or regard for others.
          I can feel sympathy for a situation and still think a person deserved what they get, when they knowingly made their deal with a devil.
          In Sessions case, he chose his poison.

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        3. plc97477 July 29, 2017

          He mostly stays there because it gives him the power to do things to others he has long wanted to do. He can hurt lots of people who do not bow down to his own god.

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  2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 28, 2017

    Yes, the very essence of one of the attributes of God, called “The Just”(Al- `Adl), requires that Beauregard get lambasted in the very least for all the inhumane sentiments he has harbored most of his adult life in his denial of basic human rights to the black population in the South, during his atrocious misuse of office while while serving as US senator for Alabama.

    As for Bannon, a godless man who knows as little as Trump about Religion and its intent, this creature has done an equal disservice to over half the population of humans on the planet in his methodical and systematic way of disseminating racialist doctrines. Doctrines which inspire racist behaviors. And for that the hammer of Justice needs to come down on Bannon’s head, and that of other racialists as well.

    Bannon may be sitting pretty for now, seemingly immune to retribution, as he constantly conspires like some Machiavellian Svengeli to poison America with his ideology and sow seeds of dissension, but there is a penalty for this sort of satanic vice of his. Justice by its very nature insists on a penalty to be exacted—it’s a Universal Law, as real as the laws of Physics. We reap what we sow.

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    1. dbtheonly July 28, 2017

      Indeed Aaron, but do you and I then reap the same vengeance we wish for Sessions, Trump, the KKK, and everyone who has harmed us? In doing so don’t we set up ourselves for further vengeance?

      I heard it years ago that the ultimate result of the law, “an eye for an eye” is a world of blind people.

      Instead, we can leave vengeance to the Almighty, forgive those that wrong us, and not return violence for violence.

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      1. Dominick Vila July 29, 2017

        Well said.

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        1. dbtheonly July 29, 2017

          Good Morning Dom,

          Thank you. I value your good opinion of me.

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      2. timmfr30 July 29, 2017

        yes, the invisible cloud being will make everything good…ha

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        1. dbtheonly July 29, 2017

          Would you rather have each man take vengeance as he deems right?

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          1. timmfr30 July 29, 2017

            I agree that we must resist hate..but relying on a man-made “crutch” is simply delusional

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          2. dbtheonly July 29, 2017

            Missed the question.

            Who is to take vengeance for the wrongs done to a person?

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          3. timmfr30 July 29, 2017

            vengeance is the goal of the perpetrator, if you seek it they win…vengeance is a distraction to keep us divided so that those who own the “company store” can maintain the status quo….

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          4. plc97477 July 29, 2017

            If relying on a crutch makes us sit back and wait for said crutch to do something instead of stepping forward and saying “enough is enough” then the crutch has stopped being useful.

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          5. timmfr30 July 29, 2017

            I agree……a crutch is nothing more than an admission of insecurity of conviction

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        2. Mama Bear July 29, 2017

          Humans have a moral compass, born with it. Don’t need to know where it came from but only how to listen to it.

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          1. timmfr30 July 29, 2017

            agreed

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          2. dbtheonly July 29, 2017

            Not sure I agree Mama, see Donald J Trump, Sr. or Jr.

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          3. Mama Bear July 29, 2017

            does not change my hypothesis – they were born with it but ignored it until it was completely silenced.

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      3. Mama Bear July 29, 2017

        Amen.

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        1. dbtheonly July 29, 2017

          Please see my reply to Dom.

          it goes equally for you.

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          1. Mama Bear July 29, 2017

            thank you, and I value you and your opinion as well.

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      4. plc97477 July 29, 2017

        I am not sure we need to equate standing up for ourselves and violence. They are not really the same thing.

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        1. dbtheonly July 30, 2017

          Yes, but please re-read Aaron’s.

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    2. Most Gods constantly conspire to poison humans and what have not!
      Some are unhappy with the end product or bored and thus pernicious.
      Did you by chance find a good one? Interesting! Please deploy the plot.
      I may donate.

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  3. TOPDOG1 July 28, 2017

    This nation is not grateful that Trump appointed Sessions, an obvious crackpot. His also’obviously’ advanced senility should not place him in any position of responsibility or for his job as AG. Sessions should join with Lamar Smith and go into retirement. They could sit in their rocking chair where they can rant and rave all the day long
    SUDDEN AMNESIA… Does Sessions telling Congress twenty-six times that he does not remember’ not count as lying? This AMNESIA is nothing more than perjury and he should be expelled from office. He is in contempt of Congress, the Senate, and the American people.This nation should not be required or forced to tolerate and endure such disrespect AG is no position for a crackpot clown. Perjury of this magnitude should not only remove him from office but place him in Federal prison for contempt of Congress.This greedy corporate puppet and ancient swamp creature has obviously become so senile that he is a danger to public office and the billionaires that placed him there.

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    1. Marilyn July 29, 2017

      Well it wasn’t just forgetfulness. Remember that Kamala Harris asked him too many questions too fast and it made him nervous. You have to laugh about someone who is supposed to be the top prosecutor in the country and he gets nervous when asked questions too fast. Of course, it was a woman asking those questions so she had to be put in her place. I agree with you that if he is so forgetful that he can’t remember so many things that have happened in such a short period of time, then he is too senile for the job.

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  4. Dominick Vila July 29, 2017

    Jeff Sessions, a champion of white supremacists and bigots, does not deserve sympathy. However, that does not mean we should ignore or condone Trump’s behavior. Trump is, once again, acting like a spoiled, immature, bully. The fact that he does not respect the Office of the Presidency does not mean the rest of us should give him a free pass.

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  5. game50 July 29, 2017

    Leave Sessions alone..he’s following the law of the land…and getting the job done too. Unlike the AG before him who was racism bias against white people…. she fought for the people who were evil that was unjust to the American people … she didn’t stand for the rules of the land … and now we have a man that does … so wake up people and watch out because Sessios is coming after the bad ones… and that’s called justice under the law….DEAL WITH IT ….ENOUGH SAID..

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    1. Dapper Dan July 29, 2017

      I love your sarcasm thanks for a good laugh ????

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      1. game50 July 29, 2017

        Dapper Dan.. go away you snowflake just because you can’t deal with law and rules that’s your problem not mine so deal with it… and get a life and leave me out of it…May God Bess you on your Journey in finding and dealing with the true.

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        1. rhetoric_phobic July 29, 2017

          So you really didn’t mean “enough said”. You’d have been better off if you had let people think it was sarcasm. Then it would have been funny. Now you just garner sympathy.
          A good rule the right never follows is to never say anything thet doesn’t improve upon silence.

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          1. game50 July 30, 2017

            Rhetoric_phobic: please never ever tell me what to say… I have a right to my opinion and so do you …you see that’s what’s wrong with this world it’s always one-sided … and it’s not necessary the right side … the left has gone mad and nobody else has a right to their opinion … I think it’s about time you start dealing with another point of view…. it might just open your mind to a new reality …. now leave me alone.

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          2. rhetoric_phobic July 31, 2017

            Not a chance.
            You don’t get to call people snowflakes and state your alternate facts in a public forum with impunity. As you pointed out everyone has a right to their own opinion but I’ll add, not to their own facts.
            We saw the results of the rights point of view. We are watching daily the threat to our democracy.

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        2. Dapper Dan July 29, 2017

          Wait hold on your serious ? ???? And for the love of God what is with your fascination of snowflakes ? And for the record I’ve been posting here a while now and don’t recall seeing your snarky comments until now so perhaps you need to go away. I have found the Lord Jesus and truth and the Father of Lies now resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. It is you who needs to wake up and realize our country is under siege orchestrated by Russia ????????

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          1. game50 July 29, 2017

            DapperDan: I have as much right as you do on any given site… it’s called people’s opinions and if you can’t deal with it…. you better go to God In Prayer… because I don’t know who made you in charge of my life ….that will never happen …and you say your Christian try again …. as for the fake before President Trump Obama was a Muslim…. so I know what side you’re on …deal with your facts before you even apply to respond again…. better yet don’t respond again cuz you can’t seem to understand …. when I say get a life and leave me out of it I mean get a life and leave me out of it. And may God be with you on your journey to the truth.

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          2. Dapper Dan July 30, 2017

            Please take your covfefe and go to sleep. You sound like someone who needs plenty of rest. Your President is mentally ill and has no business being in the WhiteHouse. President Obama is the real deal with a 59 percent approval rating and spreading falsehoods about him is a grave sin. Goodnight ????

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          3. game50 July 30, 2017

            Dapper Dan: I don’t know what planet you live on…but I think you better take your pray to God,regarding the truth about Barry Soetoro a.k.a. Obama. He was born in Kenya and when to Columbia University as a Foreign student. ..He should be arrested for TREASON AGAINST AMERICA. It’s. about time you deal with the truth…so help you God…and once again. ..get a life and leave me out of it….news flash…Michelle is REALLY MICHAEL. ..who is Obama. .Husband. The truth will set you free…Now leave me alone…..May God be with you on your journey to the truth.

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      2. dbtheonly July 30, 2017

        Enough Said, but in barely coherent English.

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  6. 1Zoe55 July 29, 2017

    trump demands loyalty from his staff, but then shows no loyalty or even courtesy when he wants to be rid of them. Protocol is there for a reason, that being you allow the person to resign and do not belittle them on their way out. trump is too cowardly to even fire the people himself, getting other lapdogs to do his dirty work. The atmosphere in trump’s White House must be hell to work in, thus all the leaks. If trump believes that the small in stature and small in intelligence but potty-mouthed Mafiosi is helpful, he is wrong. Let’s see how long it takes trump to get someone to kick out this “Scareamooch”.

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  7. This may turn out to be the longest series since the aptly named “GUNSMOKE” !!!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunsmoke#Television_series_.281955-1975.29

    At least while you’re at it , you don’t think of War mongering the world and provoking Vlad… Cool…

    You guys are a riot! Keep up the good show! We here in Europe enjoy it immensely…

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