In an exclusive interview for POLITICO's 'Off Message' podcast, the Alabama senator warns fellow Republicans to fall in line.
By Glenn Thrush
05/31/16 05:25 AM EDT
Sessions, a 69-year-old former state attorney general who famously donned the “Make America Great Again” trucker’s cap at a massive rally in Mobile last August, thinks Trump is more a movement than a man. And this sprightly son of country preachers and teachers is on a mission to evangelize maybe-Trumpers like House Speaker Paul Ryan on the Gospel According to Donald – with a sermon on self-preservation.
“I think [Ryan] needs to recognize, on some of these issues, Trump is where the Republicans are and if you’re going to be a Republican leader you should be supportive of that,” Sessions told me during a taping of POLITICO’s “Off Message” podcast in his Senate office last week.
“My advice is to listen and accept the will of the American people, the Republican voters – the Republican Party is the Republican voters,” he added – a pointed reference to Ryan’s suggestion that he, and not the presumptive party nominee, represents authentic conservative values. “Give me a break! A lot of our drift within our party has gotten away from [the will of the voters] … I think the leaders in all parties tend to adjust to reality. They just have to or they won’t remain in office … Already many are sensing it.”
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I like Jeff Sessions. He makes sense to me. I have watched him speak in the Senate many times. If he runs alongside Trump as VP candidate, I would vote for them, even though Donald is not my favorite. But if Jeff is for him, then he knows more of what Donald is than I do. I will follow Jeff's advise. He's a good man and would bring some balance to Donald. I hope the Republicans will follow Jeff's Lead.
The Bushes, ... don't get me started on the Bushes, all this real RINO infestation started nearly a half century ago, but George HW was and is a progressive establishment all government mouth and sonny-boy actually got worse, and none had integrity ... they did love the military, and I have that for them... but absolutely nothing else except some of the good things they did, they did for the wrong reasons.
The Democrat party was hijacked by communist many years ago and the Republican party is well on its way to the same. People like McCain, Ryan, Flake, Boehner have to be rooted out!