Loyalty should be a two-way street.
It’s what most people expect, as a general rule, and if they doubt they have it from their employer, they begin to look somewhere else. At the very least, the quality of their work suffers. In some cases, they may even take steps to cover themselves, since they know their employer does not have their back.
If President Trump is having a problem with loyalty within the ranks of his Cabinet, he need look no further for the root of the issue than the mirror.
As Erick pointed out earlier this morning, Trump’s treatment of one of his most loyal allies, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has pretty much alerted everyone else that they are all walking on thin ice.
Nobody wants to work like that.
While speaking on Fox News Monday night, another of Trump’s most faithful mouthpieces came to the defense of Jeff Sessions.
While pointing out what a mistake it would be to fire Sessions, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich noted the most obvious:
“Sessions was the first senator to endorse Trump,” Gingrich said. “Sessions stayed with Trump when he was 10 points behind during the whole taping of the conversation about sex and all that stuff. Jeff Sessions has been loyal all the way through.”
Sessions was the first one on board with a Trump candidacy (and I still wonder why), even writing the immigration policy paper for him early on.
Some would even say that policy paper was key to getting Trump noticed, rather than shuttled off onto the ash heap of other “novelty” political candidates, meant more for shock value than to ever be legitimately competitive.
Gingrich also pointed out the continued good work Sessions is doing as attorney general, striking hard at sanctuary cities, and working with Homeland Security to tamp down the problem with dangerous gangs, such as MS-13.
Gingrich went on:
“I would just point out loyalty is a two-way street,” Gingrich said. “There’s a point here where people have to say the guy was with you from the very beginning and he makes one big mistake? You really dump him? And if you do, what signal do you send to everybody else on the team?”
Except Sessions didn’t make “one big mistake.” He did the right thing in recusing himself from all investigations Russia-related.
Having fallen under scrutiny himself for undisclosed conversations with the Russian ambassador, it would have been the height of unprofessional behavior for him to continue on as the head over those matters, and he left those decisions in the very capable hands of his Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Sessions is now being punished for not preemptively protecting the president from shooting himself in the foot.
Let’s not forget the timeline of the investigation being carried out by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Mueller was not assigned until after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, then went on national TV to cut the legs out from under his own spokespeople, and said openly that Comey was fired because of the Russia probe.
Trump is his own worst enemy, but just like the emperor with no clothes, who in his close circle is going to tell him?
He is on a destructive trajectory. Continuing to attack his most loyal and capable allies will eventually leave him in a position with no one to back him up.
And almost as if to put an exclamation point to the end of this article, Trump’s very public attacks on Sessions began afresh this morning.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2017
No true leader acts like this.