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Society & Culture

Steadfast Sessions

President and five-star Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower said that a man must “believe in his luck” in order to lead.  Jeff Sessions is such a man.  He has not only survived multiple setbacks, considered career ending by many, but has consistently come out ahead.  Most recently, his early and conspicuously vocal endorsement of Donald Trump over Ted Cruz, a move that was dismissed as the final nail in his political coffin, has instead led to him earning the nomination of attorney general in Trump’s Cabinet.  This native Alabamian is in good company when it comes to taking risks.  Gambling runs in the blood of early supporters of Trump, including Newt Gingrich, Laura Ingraham, and a precious few others—the biggest winners of 2016.

However, in the months leading up to Trump’s inauguration, Sessions found himself the subject of accusations that stem from his earliest days as a public servant.

In 1981, Sessions was appointed the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Alabama.  During that time, he developed both a reputation for strict observance of the rule of law and a devoted following.  Back then, he was accused by one person of making racist comments.  Yet at the same time, under his direction his office aggressively pursued a case that led to the conviction of two members of the Ku Klux Klan, who were found guilty of lynching Michael Donald, a young black...

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