Editor: 

Jeff Sessions was an unflinchingly loyal supporter of Donald Trump, being the first U.S. Senator to endorse the future President.  His speech at the 2016 GOP convention was a model of fawning praise.  As Attorney General, he loyally supported Trump’s agenda with one exception. He recused himself from the Mueller investigation of the Trump campaign’s possible involvement in Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign.  The recusal was clearly mandated as a matter of ethics, since Sessions was himself active within the campaign. Since ethics is something that Donald Trump seems poorly schooled in, he was incensed at Sessions’ recusal and often and harshly criticized him on Twitter and in many public utterances. Nevertheless, Sessions remained strongly loyal to Trump in other actions and associations. 

 The latest Trump anti-Sessions initiative was to support Sessions’ opponent, the politically inexperienced Tommy Tuberville in Alabama’s Republican U.S. Senate primary election and the subsequent runoff. Trump’s support of Tuberville in deep red Alabama was a major factor in Tuberville’s win. 

Having said all that, I believe the matter can be readily condensed to only seven words:

 YOU SCRATCH MY BACK--I STAB YOURS!

John Crowder

Florence