Trump Scores Major Senate Endorsement
Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, arguably the fiercest opponent of illegal immigration in Washington, announced Sunday that he was endorsing Donald Trump for president.
Trump unveiled the endorsement at a rally in Madison, Alabama. “I have a little surprise for you,” Trump told the capacity crowd. “I have a man who is respected by everybody here, greatly respected. He’s really the expert as far as I’m concerned on borders. When I talk about immigration and when I talk about illegal immigration and everything else, I think about a great man.”
Sessions took to the stage and threw the Republican frontrunner one of his strongest conservative endorsements to date. “I told Donald Trump this isn’t a campaign, this is a movement,” he said. “The American people are not happy with their government.”
In a subsequent press release from the campaign, Sessions expanded on his decision to back Trump, citing his stance on open borders, trade, and American sovereignty. “Americans of all backgrounds and ethnicities, immigrant and U.S.-born, are crying out for leadership that understands that there is no constituency other than the American constituency,” he said. “Mr. Trump is that leader.”
The announcement rounded off a trio of major Trump endorsements that included New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.
“I hate to say it,” Trump said. “I’m becoming mainstream.”
Indeed. Only a couple of days after a New York Times report revealed that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was encouraging Republican senators to run counter to Trump if he got the nomination, it would seem the party’s united front is beginning to crack. At last, Republicans may be waking up to the colossal folly of swimming against the tide of public opinion. Whether they are actually warming up to Trump or simply resigned to his inevitability, it’s a refreshing change of pace. A party that goes to war with its voters is not long for this world.
Of course, it’s not over yet. McConnell, GOP strategist Karl Rove, the Koch brothers, Mitt Romney, and others are still dead set against the frontrunner. And if Cruz or Marco Rubio can rack up enough delegates in the next two weeks, it will be mathematically impossible for any candidate to claim an undisputed victory at the July Republican National Convention. Should that scenario unfold, all bets are off. According to that article in the Times, the party establishment may be counting on just such an outcome:
Speaking to political donors in Manhattan on Wednesday evening, Mr. Rubio’s campaign manager, Terry Sullivan, noted that most delegates are bound to a candidate only on the first ballot. Many of them, moreover, are likely to be party regulars who may not support Mr. Trump over multiple rounds of balloting, he added.
It’s hard to imagine the Republican Party would be so foolish as to steal the nomination away from the voters, but we’re in uncharted territory. Such a move would practically guarantee a loss in November, and the GOP knows this. Therefore, it would basically signal that they are more frightened of President Trump than President Clinton. Essentially, it would be a giant middle finger to the American people: We own this, not you. Don’t get cute again.
At that point, the Trump movement could very well become a true revolution.