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Senator Jeff Sessions: The Bushes Have Forgotten Who Elected Them

Oh boy. Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is not happy with the recent Bush family leak about who the aging patriarch, George H.W. Bush, would be voting for in the upcoming election.

The Washington Examiner’s Byron York sat down with Senator Sessions, one of Donald Trump’s earliest and most important supporters, to discuss the Bush family’s decision to turn against the GOP in 2016. York asked the Senator about the recent rumor that former President George H.W. Bush admitted that he would be voting for Hillary Clinton in November.

“Well, I don’t know exactly where they are but millions of Americans, including this one, worked their hearts out for the Bushes in 1988, 1992, 2000, and 2004. And it wasn’t Bill Clinton that helped the Bushes get elected. It was the same voters, in large part, that elected Ronald Reagan and stand to elect Donald Trump…

I think they’re not thinking clearly enough about this. They’re not… appreciating half the American people, virtually, that have been supportive of Republicans. A lot of them preferred somebody other than Bush candidates, but they rallied around them when it came to November. So I would hope that we see more rallying.”

 When York reminded Sessions that it wasn’t just the elder Bush who seemed to be bucking the party line, and that George W. and his brother Jeb, had refused to endorse or even offer any support for Donald Trump’s campaign, Session said he hoped that they would remember their own runs for political office.

I think they should remember the loyalty they were given by millions of Americans. They should objectively analyze who is likely to advance best the agenda they favor and the agenda the Republicans who supported them favored. And that’s clearly Donald Trump.”

Later in the interview, Sessions switched gears to the candidate himself. Sessions was one of the first (if not the first) major Republican politician to plant himself firmly in Donald Trump’s camp, and he hasn’t budged since. He seemed to take personal affront to the insinuation (or outright accusation) from certain #NeverTrump Republicans that Donald Trump isn’t a true conservative, Sessions argued that Trump is the most conservative of the candidates who are left.

And they try to pretend he’s not a conservative. That’s ridiculous. At this point in history, it’s the William F. Buckley test — who is the most conservative candidate that can win the presidency? Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? On taxes, on regulations, on judges, on law enforcement — all these are conservative positions. What is the problem here? I just feel on issue after issue he’s been firmly in the conservative, classical Republican conservative view.”

With just about 6 weeks to go before the election, Republican leaders like Sessions are doing their best to unify the party and bring the disparate wings back to heel. While Sessions is appealing to the past, reminding certain Republicans of how voters have unified among unpopular candidates before, RNC chief Reince Priebus is threatening Trump holdouts with future punishment.

Reince Priebus continues to be unhappy that some Republicans don’t support Donald Trump, but now he’s taking his tactics against them to the next level: Priebus says the party might make it difficult for them to run for president in the future.

“If they’re thinking they’re going to run again someday, I think we’re going to evaluate the nomination process, and I don’t think it’s going to be that easy for them,” Priebus said. “We’re a private party. We’re not a public entity. Those people need to get on board.”

And still others who don’t want to do so are now arguing that conservatives must vote for Trump if only to save the country from Hillary. Mark Levin of Conservative Review had been a leader in the #NeverTrump movement, but as the campaign winds down, he now finds himself confronting the reality of the election and imploring his fellow conservatives to put their fears aside and vote Trump.

Now we see GOP leaders uniting to urge the party to come together, to support Donald Trump, and to stand against Hillary Clinton.

The question is, will it work?

Will these desperate tactics be successful? Will the GOP regret the threats, cajoling, and the shaming… or will they prove successful in swaying the election to Trump and saving us all from Hillary?

We’ll have our answer in 6 short weeks.


Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He's also the managing editor at Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children. You can find his writing all over the web.

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