Trump blames Sessions for accepting the Attorney General nomination
If Jeff Sessions had not accepted the nomination to become the Attorney General of the United States, he would not have vacated his U.S. Senate seat in Alabama. Thus, a Democrat would not have won what once once thought to be a reliably red seat in the Deep South.
That’s true. It’s also the logic Trump is now using to cast partial blame for the loss on Sessions, according to an AP report.
Trump, of course, is the one who nominated Sessions to the top post at the Justice Department. But ever since Sessions – an earlier endorser of Trump – recused himself from the Trump-Russia investigation, Sessions has been a frequent target of the president’s ire.
Since the scandal-beleaguered Republican, Roy Moore, lost the Alabama special election to Democrat Doug Jones, Trump has sought to distance himself from the fallout.
Remember, the Republicans are 5-0 in Congressional races this year. In Senate, I said Roy M would lose in Alabama and supported Big Luther Strange – and Roy lost. Virginia candidate was not a “Trumper,” and he lost. Good Republican candidates will win BIG!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2017
Trump now claims he knew Moore would lose. But in the last weeks of the campaign, Trump endorsed Moore enthusiastically, both at a campaign rally in Pensacola and on Twitter.
Trump did support Moore’s Republican primary opponent, Luther Strange, but deleted his tweets in support of Strange after Moore won the nomination.