Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, former conservative and current Branch Trumpidian
Sen. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, Donald Trump’s friendly but fierce Alabama ally, has a message for Republicans still queasy about their party’s nominee: Tide’s about to roll over you.
Sessions, a 69-year-old former state attorney general who famously donned the “Make America Great Again” trucker’s cap at a massive rally in Mobile last August, thinks Trump is more a movement than a man. And this sprightly son of country preachers and teachers is on a mission to evangelize maybe-Trumpers like House Speaker Paul Ryan on the Gospel According to Donald – with a sermon on self-preservation.
“I think [Ryan] needs to recognize, on some of these issues, Trump is where the Republicans are and if you’re going to be a Republican leader you should be supportive of that,” Sessions told me during a taping of POLITICO’s “Off Message” podcast in his Senate office last week.
“My advice is to listen and accept the will of the American people, the Republican voters – the Republican Party is the Republican voters,” he added – a pointed reference to Ryan’s suggestion that he, and not the presumptive party nominee, represents authentic conservative values. “Give me a break! A lot of our drift within our party has gotten away from [the will of the voters] … I think the leaders in all parties tend to adjust to reality. They just have to or they won’t remain in office … Already many are sensing it.”
If Sessions wants to argue based on his primal fears, that is his prerogative but there are a couple of salient facts that conservatives, in particular, need to keep in mind. The first fact is that any time anyone tells you that you are fighting the will on Republican voters or American people by continuing to witness against Donald Trump, and all his works and all his empty promises, that is a sign that you are dealing with a profoundly dishonest or delusional person. According to RCP, Trump has won 43% of the primary votes cast thus far. A clear majority of the GOP electorate opposes Trump. Trump not represent the views of “most Americans,” and saying “Trump is where the Republicans are” is not only silly but, if it were true, an invitation to shoot oneself in the face.
The second thing is that the US has never before been subject to mob rule. That is what Sessions is not only accepting but encouraging. In fact, Sessions is not even countenancing tyranny by a majority, he believes that a loud, unkempt and unbathed minority has the the right to decide who ill rule. The role of a leader is not to be the stenographer for or the first person in a mob. A political leader is selected because the electorate is willing to trust to that person’s judgment. Rather than worrying about were Republicans are, Sessions should be concerned about where the nation is and what the nation needs to help it move forward.