Donald Trump is holding one person responsible for Roy Moore’s surprise defeat in Alabama: Jeff Sessions.
A president known for blaming advisors and members of his administration for his own missteps has allegedly begun pointing the finger at the Attorney General. An Associated Press report claims the president believes that if Sessions hadn’t left his seat in the Senate for the Justice Department, Moore wouldn’t have needed to run for election.
The Republican candidate was defeated by Democrat Doug Jones in the Dec. 12 runoff race to fill Sessions’ spot. Jones, who is set to become Alabama’s first Democratic Senator in more than two decades, won by 1.5 percentage points after trailing by as many as double-digits.
But the president seems to have forgotten something: He appointed Sessions to the post.
Sessions, an early supporter of the Trump campaign, was actually one of the very first Cabinet picks announced by the president’s nascent administration last November. The staunch conservative, who once tried to block a LGBTQ conference from being held at a public university, had even been floated as a potential running mate for Trump.
The Alabama politician even helped the Commander-in-Chief select his eventual choice, former Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
The absurd attempt at scapegoating Sessions for doing the very thing Trump asked him to do is only the president’s latest attempt to deal with the fallout from this month’s elections, viewed as a referendum on his own presidency. Trump previously claimed that he predicted Moore would lose in a Dec. 18 tweet.
The notoriously anti-LGBTQ figure was defeated after nine women came forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct during his decades-long career in public life. One of his accusers was 14 years old at the time of their interaction.