Jeff Sessions Airs Obsequious Pro-Trump Ad

Jeff Sessions demonstrates just how obsequious he's willing to be to get his Senate seat back.

Former Alabama Senator and Attorney General Jeff Sessions is out with his first ad, and it’s yet another obsequious paean to the man who spent the better part of two years insulting and demeaning him:

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions – working to repair his relationship with President Trump as he ramps up his campaign for the U.S. Senate in Alabama – puts a “Make America Great Again” hat back on his head in a new campaign ad.

A campaign senior adviser told Fox News the ad will run statewide in every market for about 10 days.

The ad, called “First to Endorse,” highlights Sessions’ early support for Trump. Sessions in February 2016 was the first senator to endorse Trump’s candidacy, wearing one of the trademark Trump campaign hats at the time. The ad was released as Sessions appeared for an interview Thursday on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.”

“You know, out of the 100 United States senators, I was they very first one to stand with Donald Trump,” Sessions says in the ad. “While others were hiding under their desks I went to work. I knew he was the one to make America great, and I’ll keep fighting for President Trump and his agenda.”

Since entering the race last week to reclaim his past Senate seat, Sessions has singularly focused on emphasizing his support for Trump, despite their past rocky history. Sessions – who resigned from the Justice Department a year ago amid public attacks from the president – was one of Trump’s most loyal and trusted advisers before their relationship soured over his recusal from the Russia investigation.

He served in the Senate from 1997 to 2017 until he joined the Trump administration as attorney general.

A major question hanging over Sessions’ entrance into the race is whether Trump – who has remained popular in Alabama – would take steps to thwart his bid. So far Trump has not publicly attacked Sessions’ candidacy.

Here’s the ad:

Allahpundit at Hot Air comments:

It’s only mildly queasy until the end, when he felt compelled for God knows what reason to re-create the moment at that 2016 Trump rally when he donned the MAGA hat. To genuflect that way now after he spent so many months being flogged by Trump for recusing himself from Russiagate is one of the most pitiful groveling panders we’ll ever see from a politician.

Does it even help his Senate chances? I can’t imagine that it does much to endear him to Trumpers. Watching Sessions shine Trump’s shoes with his tears must be more amusing to them than ingratiating. Look at the vanquished villain, whimpering for the president’s favor! It’s especially un-Trumpy in how servile it is. Trump’s obsession with showing “strength” by never apologizing, never letting a slight go unanswered, etc, is the polar opposite of this Sessions vomit. Why would someone who admires that quality in Trump not feel contempt for Sessions for lacking it so starkly?

Sessions’ obsequiousness toward the President is notable given the fact that the respect that he appears to be showing the President is obviously not mutual and that the President seems unlikely to return the favor. Even while he was still serving as Attorney General, Trump’s contempt for the person who was one of his earliest and most powerful supporters in Congress was an open secret in Washington. To a large part, Trump’s disdain for Sessions was rooted in the fact that he had recused himself from the Russia investigation due to his involvement with the Trump campaign, but there also seemed to be a truly vindictive personal nature to the attacks. It was widely reported, for example, that the President mocked Sessions’ southern accent and called him “Mr. Magoo” behind his back. Trump continued these attacks on Sessions long after he had left office as Attorney General, and all but claimed that Sessions himself was part of the alleged “Deep State” conspiracy that the President claims was arrayed against him.

Like any other man subjected to such attacks, one would expect that Jeff Sessions would hold a grudge against the President not just for firing him, but also for the public and private personal abuse that he suffered. This abuse came not just from the President, but also from supporters like Steve Bannon, who once suggested that having graduated from the University of Alabama shows that Sessions was too stupid to get into a “real” school like Georgetown or the University of Pennsylvania, the alma maters of Bannon and Trump respectively.

Instead of giving any indication of holding such a grudge, though, Sessions looked as obsequious as Lindsey Graham and Rand Paul in his video and Fox News Channel appearance last night. It is understandable, I suppose. Sessions wants to win the nomination for the Senate in Alabama, after all, and while he has his own record as a Senator to fall back on it’s clear that any candidate in the Republican Party that indicates that there is even the slightest bit of daylight between them and the President is going to receive the wrath of Trump supporters. This is especially true in a solidly red state like Alabama, where the President won by 600,000 votes in 2016. As with so many other signs, this is yet further confirmation that, as James Joyner and myself have said in the past that the Republican Party is Trump’s party now, and that even a man who endured two years of personal insults and attacks at the hands of the President is willing to bow down to him to get back to the Senate. It’s really quite pathetic.

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  1. Teve says:

    If you support Trump, you will wind up humiliated. This is the way of things.

  2. Kit says:

    Say what you like, Hollywood itself could not have drawn such a divers rogue’s gallery of villains and losers. These guys deserve their own bubblegum cards.

  3. CSK says:

    Sessions and people like him who grovel to Trump are more fearful of Cult45 than of Trump himself. The Trumpkins are tasting power for the first time, as they see it, and they’re not going to let go. Sessions is catering to them.

  4. Kathy says:

    “Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.”

  5. CSK says:

    And…Sessions looks idiotic in that cap.

  6. mattbernius says:

    Remember the halcion days of 2015-2016 when MAGA-types were obsessed with defeating beta-men and cucks?

    Has anyone cuck’ed as hard for anyone (let alone Trump) as Sessions has?

  7. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Tuberville stands in front of the camera holding a football. He tosses it back and forth from one hand to the other. Looks up at the camera and says:

    “Who do you want to send to DC in November? Jeff Sessions? Or a man who knows how to hang onto his balls?”

    Tosses the ball up into the air and catches it behind his back. Walks away.

    “I’m Tommy Tuberville and I approve this message.”

  8. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Kit: Hollywood would reject that script as being too unbelievable.

  9. gVOR08 says:

    Sessions is a good politician. He is, and will remain, obsequious to power. If you want to see if Little Jeffy Jeff is resentful, you’ll have to wait until Trump has no power to hurt him. Once that happens, and given an opportunity, Sessions will gleefully stick it to Trump so hard… and twist it.

  10. CSK says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Brilliant. It’s the ad Tuberville should do, but unfortunately, he appears to be in a race with Sessions to see who can slobber more over Trump.

  11. steve says:

    Dear Jeff Sessions,

    The hat is nice, but what you really need are presidential knee pads. Then your attire would match your demeanor.


  12. Neil Hudelson says:

    Kate McKinnon’s Session’s sketch on Saturday’s SNL nailed it. The only funny sketch in an otherwise unmemorable episode.

  13. Hal_10000 says:

    One thing was pointed out today on Twitter. The GOP eventually turned on Nixon. Nixon, who had won in a landslide, had major policy accomplishments and a fair mount of popular support (although he himself tended to be disliked)

    The GOP is now a Cult of Personality built on … Trump? A guy who lost the popular vote, has no accomplishment and is disliked even by many of his own supporters. It’s just bizarre how willingly and totally they sell out to this two-bit conman.

  14. CSK says:

    @Hal_10000: Some of Trump’s supporters may dislike him for what he is, but there’s a substantial number who think he is the best president we’ve ever had. Just check the pro-Trump websites. They worship him.

  15. Kathy says:


    That’s the essence of a cult of personality.

    It reminds me of Mao in China. The people idolized him even after the famines of the late 50s and early 60s, and even after the wave of repression in the mid-60s to mid-70s (otherwise known as “The Great Leap Forward” and “The Cultural Revolution.”)

    Ok, Trump has yet to do anything that could compare with that. But his signature policies have resulted in a bigger deficit (during a period of economic expansion no less), higher prices for everyone, lower income for farmers, and a shortage of seasonal labor in farms.

  16. CSK says:

    @Kathy: Trump’s policies, and their failures, don’t matter to the cult. The fact that he’s a sadist and a bully does. That’s why they love him. He’s their revenge against the “elites”.

  17. Kit says:


    He’s their revenge against the “elites”.

    Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
    H. L. Mencken

  18. An Interested Party says:

    It reminds me of Mao in China.

    Did anyone holding onto a copy of the Little Red Book grovel as much as Sessions does in this commercial? Or as much as so many of Trump’s toadies do? And these people are supposed to represent the tough daddy party? I’ve known drag queens that have more dignity, more self-respect, and certainly bigger sets of balls than these people do…

  19. Monala says:

    @Neil Hudelson: hilarious!

  20. Kathy says:

    @An Interested Party:

    No one prominent.

    But Deng Xiaoping, the butcher of Tienanmen himself, was purged twice by Mao, yet he forbade criticism of Mao even as Mao’s wife was widely denounced for her role in the decade of repression.