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Monday, November 11, 2019

Donald the Magnanimous

No one endangered Donald John Trump's presidency more than Jeff Sessions. His inexplicable recusal on the Russian dossier allowed the Deep State to saddle President Trump with a $40 million witch hunt that would have destroyed lesser men.

On top of that, Republicans lost the Senate seat in the race to replace Sessions.

Now that seat is up for a vote next November, and Sessions announced that he will seek the seat.

Instead of denouncing the loyal-but-failed attorney general, President Trump is being benign, staying out of the race despite the very good chance that Sessions will be rewarded with a return to Washington.

When reporters asked President Trump if he would campaign against Sessions, he said, "No, I won’t. I'll see how it all goes. We'll see what happens. He's got tough competition."

It's as if Chicago forgave Mrs. O'Leary, whose cow started the Chicago Fire.

For his part, Sessions is running as a Trump Loyalist.

He said, "When I left President Trump's cabinet, did I write a tell-all book? No.

"Did I go on CNN and attack the president? Nope. Have I said a cross word about the president? Not one time and I'll tell you why. First, that would be dishonorable. I was there to serve his agenda, not mine. Second, the president is doing a great job for America and Alabama and he has my strong support."

Remaining out of the race is a tough call for Donald Trump. Sessions never intended to hobble the president, but he did.

Magnanimity is a nice concept, but so is recusing oneself to avoid the appearance if impropriety. And we saw where recusal got us.

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