“[Jeff Sessions is] a man of integrity, a man of principle, and a man of total, utter resolve . . . that resolve is what we need right now.” -President Donald Trump, February 9, 2017
For many Americans, their vote in last November’s election came down to the U.S. Supreme Court. Whether the average voter realized it or not, second only in importance to SCOTUS nominations, arguably, was the question of who would run the Department of Justice.
During the previous eight years, Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch — the nation’s top cops — led our country’s law enforcement in a direction that was unrecognizable to middle America. The enforcement of federal laws was cherry-picked, sanctuary cities were left untouched, Congress was stonewalled on scandals from gun walking to voter intimidation, and worst of all, the law enforcement community at large was persecuted and demoralized.
If maintaining a majority conservative SCOTUS was viewed as our last best hope, then a Justice Department run by Jeff Sessions was, in many ways, the second-to-last.
Trump’s nomination of Sessions was met with a sigh of relief from voters across the country who needed reassurance that the president intended to surround himself with serious individuals capable of carrying out the bold agenda he laid out on the campaign trail.
Sessions was certainly that — a man with an unflappable ability to stay focused on the bigger picture when everyone around him is hand-wringing over political repercussions of the here and now. And that’s exactly the mentality he’s brought to the Justice Department
In just six months on the job, he has:
- Reinforced the illegality of sanctuary cities and blocked their funding
- Reversed the previous administration’s weak approach to prosecuting violent crime
- Revamped the prosecution of illegal border crossings by speeding up cases and deportations
- Overseen the nation’s largest ever health care fraud takedown
Jeff Sessions has managed to do all of this and more while navigating the oft unnavigable waters of this presidency. What else could you ask for? Apparently, in Trump’s calculation, a lot more.
If Trump knew anything about the man he was nominating to the esteemed role of attorney general, he would know that Sessions was no man’s lap dog and would allow himself to be guided only by his own principles. Wasn’t that obvious by Sessions’ early, extremely risky endorsement of Trump?