In a bizarre twist in the ongoing scandals plaguing the White House, Donald Trump has attacked one of his closest allies. Jeff Sessions – the far-right conservative and current attorney general – has become the whipping boy for Trump’s frustration over the Russia probe.
In an interview with the New York Times, Trump said he would never have appointed Sessions if he had known that the Alabaman lawyer would recuse himself from the Russia probe:
Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else.
It is natural for Trump to blame others for his own shortcomings. What makes this particularly sting for Sessions is that he was one of Trump’s earliest backers. He was, in fact, one of the few who actually commanded some degree of respect in Washington. He was a legitimizing force of sorts, providing bonafide conservative principles to Trump’s scattershot, irrational policy agenda and speaking style.
Apparently, no favor is big enough to protect people within Trump world from the increasingly unhinged president’s wrath. As Trump turns on his closest allies (especially those who hold the highest profile roles within his administration), one must wonder: is Trump lashing out because he knows the end is nigh?