Here of late President Donald Trump has been criticizing his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions. At first the Democrat Liberal news media took Sessions side and defended him as one of nature’s noblemen. Then, when Conservatives laughed at that obvious hypocrisy, the Democrat Liberal news media modified the narrative a bit.
What is interesting, however, is the reaction from some in a dismally tiny branch of the news media, the Conservative news media. Here is an editorial from The Washington Times.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the stand-up guy in the Trump administration. He lent legitimacy and seriousness to the Trump campaign when no other Republican in the Senate would get within 20 feet of the Donald. He has lent similar seriousness and magisterial grace to an administration that so far has had little of that.
He has begun reshaping the policies and priorities of his part of the government that Donald Trump has put in place with fits, starts and distracting tweets. He has rolled back Obama misadventures in the drug war, uncontrolled immigration and the imagined municipal sovereignty of sanctuary cities. Mr. Sessions is the cool, unflappable grown-up in an administration of bumbling amateurs struggling with on-the-job training.
The thanks he gets from a churlish boss is a hail of sticks and stones that would have driven a lesser man from office. The president is a man who knew how to get to the Oval Office, but seems to have scant understanding of what he can do with it. Campaigning is fun, and Mr. Trump is very good at that. Governing is work, and requires sharp focus, intense concentration, and the merciless elimination of extraneous distractions. The president likes the fun. The governing, not so much.
Mr. Sessions has concentrated on the job at hand at the Justice Department, and most of the substantive policy changes the administration has achieved so far bear the imprint of the Justice Department.
The president is miffed that the attorney general recused himself from the investigation of whatever the collusion there might have been between the Trump campaign, of which he was a part, and the Russian government — and there doesn’t appear to have been much if any of that — and in recusing himself Mr. Sessions is following the law and precedent. To have done anything else would have been a breach of the law, and Jeff Sessions, as his colleagues both Republican and Democrat in the U.S. Senate are quick to say, is ethical, incorruptible and by-the-book. Such a man does not cut corners for himself, or anyone else.
Mr. Trump expects everyone who works for him, and with him, to do whatever he must to protect the boss from rebuke or criticism. He expects the attorney general to make Donald Trump, and not the country, his first priority.
Every president deserves loyalty, and every president knows, or quickly learns if he is to have a successful presidency, that to win loyalty he must give it. Mr. Trump, who has done some good things and could do many more if he could just get over himself, does not understand that there are some things a loyal servant will not do, such as violate his personal code of honor.
The president’s constant tweet attack on Mr. Sessions makes him look petty, and worse, weak. A president can’t complain that an aide or a deputy has mistreated him. If he thinks that, he should do whatever is necessary to impose his will. He’s the president with the unique power and authority.
If he thinks Jeff Sessions has failed him, he should sack him forthwith. To do less makes him look feeble and irresolute. But he must be careful. If he does that he will regret it. He thinks long-suffering conservatives will forgive him anything. He can’t afford to be surprised.
The notion that Trump has not accomplished anything and does not govern well is silly. Trump’s problem is getting legislation through Congress, and he cannot fire those people. We have to do that.
What has Trump done wrong? Trump says what he thinks. Given the editors of The Washington Times feel entitled to do the same…..
So what about Trump’s complaints about Jeff Sessions? Have you considered Trump’s point-of-view? These days we don’t see the leaders of great nations leading their armies in the field. Instead, we expect our leaders to make policy decisions, pick the generals, and make certain the armies they lead have enough money. Even though we see them in combat, we don’t appreciate the fierceness of the combat in which our leaders do engage. After six months into the Trump administration we should know better. When in our lifetimes has it been worse?
Like it or not Jeff Sessions is a spear carrier in President Donald Trump’s administration, and spear carriers fight best in formation. Like it or not, in addition to doing his job (which he has been doing well for the most part), Sessions has to get into formation and protect the rest of the members of the Trump administration, including his boss, from enemy assaults.
We know what to expect from Democrats. They will say and do anything to get back the power they have lost. Sessions knows (and knew) that the charges the Trump campaign had colluded with the Russians were just devious inventions. In fact, he has more reason to believe the Democrats engaged in illegal activity. So he had no reason to recuse himself from the investigation of Russian collusion because there exists nothing from which he should recuse himself. Instead, he should have protected his boss.
Because Sessions did not hold up his shield, raise his spear, and keep his place in formation, he exposed a gap in the ranks. He gave the Democrats a gap through which to insert a special prosecutor. Thus, Trump (including his family) is now exposed to attacks from a place that he expected the Attorney General to fortify.
What can Sessions do to restore himself in his boss’ good graces? Trump has made no secret of it. He can go after the Democrats. We have good reason to believe:
- The Obama administration abused its authority over our intelligence agencies.
- H. Clinton sold her office as Secretary of State.
- H. Clinton and her associates kept classified data on private computers.
- The Obama Justice Department tried to cover up all this illegal activity.
Moreover, there is no telling what else the Democrats are trying to cover up. Therefore, if the Democrats won’t accept the fact they lost the election, Sessions needs to do his part to join in the counterattack.
It may look like it sometimes, but our best leaders do not lead from the rear. Although we do not often find them in the battlefield firing booming cannons, steering racing tanks, or peeking out of foxholes, they too must brave enemy fire. Cutting words, duplicitous legal opinions, slander, and libel can destroy a man just as surely as a bullet, and our current leader, Donald Trump is under a hail of enemy fire. Is it not time we all did our best, including Jeff Sessions, to give Trump a little support? Then hold up your shield, raise your spear, and get in formation. It is time we all noticed that to keep our freedom we must battle for it, that to save our country we each must keep our place in formation.