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…
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