According to Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the President, of course, “weighed in” on a public statement that misled (that’s polite language) the public about his son Donald Jr.’s meeting with Russian and Russian-American operatives (spies, perhaps). Trump Sr., reports say, dictated a very inaccurate statement, “as any father would.”
So, to retrace, 1) no collusion; 2) uh, maybe we talked about adoptions; 3) oh, OK, we tried to collude but so what because we failed; 4) who among us would not collude! #MAGA!
Points for consistency, though: it’s all in the Family, which liberal snowflakes don’t understand, and quibbling about obstruction of justice is disloyal and ungodly. How dare anybody question the legitimacy of #45? The big issue for August, so far, seems to me to be whether the Senate will go into official recess and thus let the president fire and replace his loyal but not bada-beep loyal enough Attorney General.
Could not have happened to a more deserving, or innocent, victim, depending on your POV. Just as soon as Attorney General Sessions announced his plan to reinstate civil asset forfeitures on the grand scale he has been dreaming of since he was an Eagle Scout, President Trump turned the tables on Jefferson Beauregard Sessions by seizing his dignity.
It’s nice that Sen. Lindsay Graham has tweeted a persuasive defense of Attorney General Sessions. But if Sen. McConnell allows the Senate to go into recess, enabling Trump to make a recess appointment who will fire Mueller, McConnell will be remembered for that cowardly act as much or more than anything else in his long Senate career. And it’s nice that Rush Limbaugh finds the way Trump is treating Sessions to be “discomforting” and “unseemly.” But Rush, is that all you got? Are you really “sending your best” against Trump’s attack on our constitutional republic? Rush, why not man up and call out Trump for the unpresidential and un-American tyrant he is? Trump is no friend of principled, limited-government conservatism. Wake up and smell the tyranny, Rush, before it’s too late. When Trump comes for you, will you have any legs to stand on? By the way, if this were just about warfare between Democrats and Republicans, enabling Trump would be less odious and cowardly. But Trump could care less about loyalty to a political party or a governing philosophy or an ideology. It’s all about him and his money and his glory and his vengeful self. Enabling a person like that has little upside, to say the least.
General Sessions says nobody has a sense of humor any more. Not true. Says folks oughta give him a break. Also not true. If he would lay off the sativa, which apparently riles people up, and tried some mellow indica, he might settle down and quit disrespecting places and preferences that make him say “ick.” Some of us laugh and also say “ick” the minute we see Jeff Sessions’ face, but do we make a big fuss about it and try to lock him up?
I have followed the advice of many talking heads and taken a deep, deep breath. Then I exhaled. Now Jeff Sessions should give it up. Zero tolerance for lawbreaking , and zero tolerance for whatever he thought deviant, have been Sessions’ way of life. Just roll the tapes from the late 1990s of Sessions fanning himself over Bill Clinton’s turpitude. So, see you later, you bad dude, you’ve maxed out your moral credit and exhausted the tolerance and patience of sensible freedom-and-justice-loving Americans.
Attorney General Sessions, we now know, is a bad hombre. If he is a true Southerner and has any sense of honor, recusing himself from investigations of Russian ties with the Trump campaign is not enough. He must self-deport pronto. Senator Al Franken did not force then-Senator Sessions to be a lying liar by asking him questions about Russia. Sessions’ false statements are all on him, and to say otherwise buys into the kind of permissive relativism that Mr. Sessions has attacked for many years. The happiness and perhaps even glee of Democrats here is nevertheless not relevant to the problem: if an Attorney General is not believable as the champion of impartial justice, the jig is up.